The Open Government Partnership is a forum of countries working to be more open, accountable and responsive to citizens.

The State Services Commission is leading this work in New Zealand.

Glossary of terms

Civil Society: is made up of all the non-governmental organisations and institutions that represent the interests and will of citizens. Civil society is referred to as the "third sector" of society, distinct from government and business.


Stakeholder: a person, group or organisation that has interest or concern in an organisation.  Stakeholders can also be people that affect or are affected by an organisation's actions, objectives and policies.


National Action Plan (NAP):  should cover a two-year period and consist of a set of commitments that advance transparency, accountability, participation and/or technological innovation.


Commitment:  an action plan will normally include between five and 15 commitments that the government will progress to improve transparency, accountability and/or citizen engagement.  Each commitment should have its own short paragraph identifying what the commitment is, how it will contribute to open government, who will be involved in implementing the commitment, and what the government hopes to accomplish by making this commitment.


Action: under each commitment, the government needs to identify the actions it will take to progress the commitment and achieve its goals.


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This site uses Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) throughout the site to style web pages.

The use of CSS means that web pages are smaller in size, and more accessible to all browsers, especially less common browsers like screen readers (often used by visually impaired people) and handheld devices with small screens.


To view the site with CSS, you will need a browser that supports CSS specification 2 or greater.


Unfortunately, some older browsers don't support the CSS standard properly, and may fail to render web pages correctly, potentially leaving them unreadable. Other browsers that choose not to support CSS will render plain HTML and shouldn't have any readability problems.