The New Zealand Government has developed its second National Action Plan.

New Zealand’s action plan provides opportunities for us to do even better in the areas of:
  • improving public service delivery
  • increasing the transparency and accountability of government
  • encouraging greater public engagement
  • fostering new ways for citizens and governments to work together to solve common problems.


Read New Zealand National Action Plan 2016-18.

How did New Zealand develop its plan?

To develop its second National Action Plan, New Zealand commissioned the services of engage2 to design and coordinate online and offline engagement independently.


There were five stages of the development of the second National Action Plan. The first four involved community engagement:

  • Stage 1 – Input into the engagement strategy* (15 July – 25 July)
  • Stage 2 – Awareness raising, reflections, theme selection (25 July – 5 August)
  • Stage 3 – Co-design the OGP vision with stakeholders (5 August – 20 August 2016)
  • Stage 4 – Co-creating recommendations on the NAP with stakeholders (21 August – 30 August 2016)
  • Stage 5 – Consideration by the New Zealand Government (September – October 2016)

*Informal engagement with stakeholders who have shown an active interest in OGP to date.


Community engagement included workshops in Christchurch, Auckland, and Wellington, teleconfrences, webinars, and the opportunity to suggest commitments over social media, and two different online platforms.

How is New Zealand positioned internationally?

The New Zealand government is regularly rated among the world’s best for its openness and transparency and among the lowest on international corruption indexes.


In global measures of transparency and accountability, New Zealand ranks:

  • first in the International Budget Partnership's biennial Open Budget Survey (2015)

  • second out of 189 economies on the World Bank's assessment of how governments regulate commerce (2016)

  • fourth out of 168 countries in Transparency International's 2015 Corruptions Perceptions Index

  • fifth out of 180 countries in the 2016 World Press Freedom Index (9th in 2014, 6th in 2015)

  • sixth out of 92 countries in the 2015 Global Open Data Barometer, and

  • sixth out of 102 countries in the World Justice Project's Rule of Law Index.

  • In the top 10 countries in the UNDP’s Human Development Index

  • tenth out of 133 countries on the 2016 Social Progress Index

  • eighth in the E-Government Development Index and sixth in the E-Participation Index in the 2016 United Nations E-Government Survey of 193 countries.

Why did New Zealand join the OGP? What are the benefits to New Zealand in joining the OGP?

The goals of the OGP align with New Zealand’s long and proud tradition of open and transparent government. It also provides a framework for the New Zealand government to work directly with civil society, the private sector and international partners on open government topics. Joining the OGP is a unique opportunity for New Zealand to demonstrate leadership in open government practices, to work alongside other nations, and to share knowledge on improving public services and better managing public resources.

How is New Zealand’s performance tracked or reviewed?

The OGP requires every participating government to engage in two forms of reporting and assessment to promote maximum accountability of its performance in living up to OGP commitments.  First, governments publish an annual self-assessment report after the end of each 12-month implementation cycle that assesses government performance in making progress toward achieving its open government commitments.


Second, all OGP countries are subject to a bi-annual assessment by the Independent Reporting Mechanism (IRM). The IRM works primarily through independent assessment reports for each OGP participating government. Each report will assess the development and implementation of action plans as well as progress in fulfilling open government principles at the country level.

Which Minister is responsible? 

The Associate Minister of State Services, Hon Clare Curran, has responsibilities for open government in New Zealand. 

How can local governments participate in the planning process, and will they be bound by the National Action Plan?

This is a New Zealand Government National Action Plan and although local government authorities are welcome to contribute, they are not bound by this agreement.

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