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engage 2 blog: Release of Engagement Report

8 December 2016

It is a big week for the Open Government Partnership with the fourth OGP Global Summit taking place in Paris. The Director of engage2, Amelia Loye, is there and sharing her thoughts from the event on twitter.

 

Our work facilitating the co-creation process to develop New Zealand’s second National Action Plan wrapped up in September.  The plan and further information about the Open Government Partnership in New Zealand can be found on the OGPNZ website www.ogp.org.nz.

 

It was a great experience, working with the State Services Commission, other government agencies and Civil Society stakeholders to develop the plan.  Everyone was committed to a collaborative process that would deliver a plan to take open government forward in New Zealand.

 

Read the full blog post.

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engage 2 blog: Learnings from OGPNZ Engagement Process

6 December 2016

It was a great experience working on the engagement and co-design process to develop New Zealand’s second National Open Government Action Plan.  To see the results of the process, check out www.ogp.org.nz.

 

We had a short timeframe to work with, but a couple of aspects of the project were really helpful from the beginning.  Firstly, Amelia had developed a fantastic plan based on engage2’s experience of leading the engagement for Australia’s Action Plan earlier in the year, and was able to bring together a team of people with a great range of skills and networks, which enabled us to get underway quickly.   Amelia has a great understanding of the Open Government Partnership and what is expected in terms of working with civil society stakeholders.  As well as this, the team at the State Services Commission were committed to running a good process that addressed the concerns expressed about the process to develop the previous action plan.  In parallel to this, key civil society stakeholders were very informed and engaged with the action plan process.  They had already initiated their own ways to identify and develop potential commitments within their networks.  This was fantastic and we are really glad that they were willing to integrate this work into the process we hosted.

 

One thing we were committed to from the beginning, was to run an open and transparent approach.  This was particularly important as we encountered some stakeholders with concerns about the government’s commitment to the process given their past experiences.  At all times, we did our best to provide clarity about the process, how they could be involved, and how their input was being used.  Working with, not for government, allowed us to provide a high degree of service to both our client and the stakeholders.  We were able to provide regular project updates and respond to stakeholder questions from our own perspectives in real time.  This enabled us to build trust and credibility with stakeholders, and maintain the integrity of the co-creation process.

 

Read the full blog post.

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Expert Advisory Panel: agenda and minutes

5 December 2016

Items: welcome and reflections on national action plan development, review, National Action Plan 2016-18 delivery, next steps, wrap up.


Agenda (PDF, 36 KB)
Minutes (PDF, 91 KB).

 

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Expert Advisory Panel: agenda

14 November 2016

Items: welcome and reflections on national action plan development, review, National Action Plan 2016-18 delivery, next steps, wrap up.

 

Agenda (PDF, 42 KB)

Minutes: this meeting was postponed due to a 7.8 magnitude earthquake in the South Island on 14 November 2016.

 

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engage2 blog: National Action Plan 2016-18

21 October 2016

engage2 team is pleased to share the news that the New Zealand’s second Open Government Action Plan has been published on a new website dedicated to ogpnz (www.ogp.org.nz).

 

It is great to see that the plan has been developed around the themes that came through from the engagement process and co-creation workshop. The range of Open Government values are covered, with each commitment having clear milestones.

 

engage2 is proud to have been involved with the development of the plan and it has been a true privilege to have worked with you, and the State Services Commission and other NZ Government agencies during the process. We would like to recognise and thank everyone who provided input into this process and those of you who continue to support the delivery of open government initiatives inside and outside of Government in New Zealand.

 

Read the full blog post.

 

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Media Statement: Second National Action Plan on Open Government published

20 October 2016

The Minister of State Services has announced the publication of New Zealand’s Second National Action Plan as part of the international Open Government Partnership.

 

Read more at beehive.govt.nz.

 

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Media Statement: Joint work to improve OIA responsiveness

20 October 2016

The State Services Commission and the Office of the Ombudsman will work together to help State sector agencies improve how they are responding to Official Information Act requests, State Services Commissioner Peter Hughes and Chief Ombudsman Judge Peter Boshier have announced.

 

The joint work will assist in the delivery of one of the Commitments in New Zealand's National Action Plan under the international Open Government Partnership, published today by Minister of State Services Hon. Paula Bennett.

 

"Former Chief Ombudsman Dame Beverley Wakem made a number of recommendations in her seminal report into the OIA, 'Not a Game of Hide and Seek', and this commitment responds to her calls," Mr Hughes said.

 

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New Zealand Final Self-assessment Report First National Action Plan 2014-16

30 September 2016

This report provides the final self-assessment of New Zealand’s first National Action Plan as part of its membership in the Open Government Partnership (OGP). New Zealand submitted its first plan in October 2014 covering the period of 1 July 2014-30 June 2016.

 

New Zealand’s democratic system operates through a culture and commitment to openness, freedom of information and public accountability. New Zealand’s commitment to the OGP solidifies these principles and values. New Zealand’s first action plan sought to reflect its strong record of openness, transparency and citizen engagement in government by highlighting existing and developing initiatives and by targeting ambitious and transformational programmes for further progress.

 

Read full report.

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engage2 blog: Co-Creation Workshop Update

23 September 2016

This is an update from the engage2 team about the progress of New Zealand’s National Action Plan for Open Government Action Plan since the co-creation workshop.

 

As I shared in our last update, 30 people participated in the co-creation workshop on the 26 August 2016 in Wellington. Fourteen people were from civil society (including NGO’s and individuals who had suggested actions), four from the State Services Commission (SSC), seven officials from other government agencies (the Department of Internal Affairs, Land Information New Zealand, Statistics New Zealand, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Trade, The Treasury and the Ministry of Justice), two from engage2 and three from the Expert Advisory Group.

 

Before the workshop, all the actions suggested through the engagement process were grouped together by themes, and you can see the groupings here and a more detailed spreadsheet of the groupings here. Each table was allocated one or two groups of actions and participants could choose which table they participated in.

 

Read the full blog post.

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Officials Group: agenda and minutes

20 September 2016

Items: welcome, update on plan, developing the plan, wrap up.

 

Agenda (PDF, 45 KB)
Minutes (PDF, 82 KB)

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Expert Advisory Panel: agenda and minutes

19 September 2016

Items: welcome, reflections on plan development, other business, next steps, wrap up.

 

Agenda (PDF, 37 KB)
Minutes (PDF, 76 KB).

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Expert Advisory Panel: agenda and minutes

7 September 2016

Items: welcome, plan development, next steps, wrap up.

 

Agenda (PDF, 41 KB)
Minutes (PDF, 94 KB).

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Officials Group: agenda and minutes

30 August 2016

Items: welcome and reflections, next steps in plan development, other business/closing.

 
Agenda (PDF, 37 KB)
Minutes (PDF, 68 KB).

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engage2 blog: OGPNZ Co-creation workshop update

30 August 2016

Here is an update from the engage2 team on how the co-creation workshop went last Friday.

 

In short, it was hard work but very productive.

 

A total of 30 people participated in the workshop.  Some as individuals, others as representatives of non-government organisations, plus officials from government agencies (including the Department of Internal Affairs, Land Information New Zealand, Statistics New Zealand, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Trade, The Treasury, the Ministry of Justice and the State Services Commission).

 

Read the full blog post.

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Officials Group: agenda and minutes

25 August 2016

Items: welcome/update, engagement, engagement update, advancing commitments within agencies, co-creation workshop, wrap up and next steps.

 

Agenda (PDF, 23 KB)
Minutes (PDF, 73 KB).

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engage2 blog: OGPNZ Co-creation workshop

25 August 2016

Hello again all.

 

What a great result! We have had 87 actions suggested and you can view them all here. We greatly appreciate the way people have positively engaged in the process.

 

As you will know, the day-long co-creation workshop takes place tomorrow / Friday in Wellington. We will be webcasting the scene-setting presentations live from 9am.

 

Read the full blog post.

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Expert Advisory Panel: agenda and minutes

25 August 2016

Items: welcome, engagement updates, exploring emerging themes, co-creation workshop, wrap up and next steps.

 

Agenda (PDF, 37 KB)
Minutes (PDF, 71 KB).

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engage2 blog: Last chance to suggest an action

23 August 2016

Hello everyone

 

It has been a big day in the development of the Open Government Action Plan.

 

This morning we had our workshop in Christchurch. Five very knowledgeable people with experience in different aspects of open government led discussions covering a range of topics including:

 

Read the full blog post.

Update on the National Action Plan – Officials Group

23 August 2016

The State Services Commission is working with a group of officials across government to develop possible commitments for the next National Action Plan for New Zealand’s participation in the Open Government Partnership.

 

Our Officials Group has representatives from the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, the Treasury, Land Information New Zealand, Statistics New Zealand, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, the Ministry of Justice, and the Department of Internal Affairs. These agencies are likely to have accountability for work to advance commitments within the next plan.

 

Officials are using the same tools as those being used by community groups to shape possible commitments on areas of common interest for ways government might advance OGP principles of transparency, accountability, technology and innovation, and civil society participation in government. The group has met twice so far, and will continue to work on its draft commitments right up to the co-creation workshop in Wellington on 26 August.

 

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Media Release: Help develop New Zealand’s plan for open government

23 August 2016

New Zealanders are being asked to contribute their ideas for ways government can improve its openness as part of the international Open Government Partnership (OGP) through an online forum running until this Wednesday, or by coming along to a workshop in Wellington this Friday.  

 

“New Zealand’s second National Action Plan is being developed and we are looking for New Zealanders’ ideas on steps we can take to make government more open, accountable and responsive,” says State Services Commission Deputy Commissioner Al Morrison.

 

“New Zealand’s government is internationally recognised as one of the most trustworthy and open in the world, but we can do better,” he said. 

 

Read more.

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engage2 blog: OGPNZ: Auckland workshop and teleconferences

18 August 2016

Kia ora. Talofa lava. Malo e lelei. Kia orana. Fakalofa lahi atu. Bula vinaka.

 

We are now half way through the face to face workshops and teleconferences. Thanks to all who have participated so far and we welcome everyone’s involvement in the sessions still to come. You can view them here.

 

Read the full blog post.

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engage2 blog: Suggest an Action Now

12 August 2016

Kia ora koutou

 

I am pleased to let you know that, despite the tight timeframes, a number of discussions and streams of activity are taking place – all working towards the development of our second Open Government National Action Plan.

 

In addition to the online engagement on the background statement and key themes here (which will remain open until 20 August), there have also been meetings of the (external) Expert Advisory Group and a cross-government officials group, both convened by the State Services Commission.  As previously highlighted, Hui E! and ECO have also been getting input from Civil Society organisations, and people have been in touch with us directly to share their views.

 

Read the full blog post.

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Officials Group: agenda and minutes

9 August 2016

Items: welcome/update, engagement programme progress, drafting the plan / emerging themes, other business, wrap up and next steps.

 

Agenda (PDF, 155 KB)
Minutes (PDF, 98 KB).

 

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Expert Advisory Panel: agenda and minutes

8 August 2016

Items: welcome/update, engagement programme progress, drafting the plan / emerging themes, other business.

 

Agenda (PDF, 157 KB)
Minutes (PDF, 555 KB).

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Officials Group: agenda and minutes

28 July 2016

Items: approach and timeline for engagement, action plan commitments, other business and forward schedule of officials group meetings, wrap up and next steps.


Agenda (PDF, 202 KB)
Minutes (PDF, 434 KB).

 

Enclosures:

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Expert Advisory Panel: agenda and minutes

27 July 2016

Items: welcome, engagement programme update, drafting the plan and emerging themes, other business, wrap up and next steps.

 

Agenda (PDF, 184 KB)
Minutes (PDF, 423 KB).

 

Enclosures:

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Open Government Partnership engagement commences

21 July 2016

The State Services Commission have commissioned engage2 to raise awareness about the Open Government Partnership (OGP) and invite New Zealanders to participate in the development of the National Action Plan (NAP).

 

engage2 have designed an engagement process to encourage people interested in the open government principles to comment on the proposed background and vision sections of the NAP, to suggest actions and to work with government officials to co-create recommendations for government to consider for inclusion in New Zealand’s second National Action Plan.

 

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Submissions National Action Plan 2 development

May 2016

The change in publishing date of New Zealand’s action plan, from June to October, was posted on SSC’s website in April 2016. It invited comment and four submissions were received. The responses covered these topics:

  • two expressed concern in the delay and criticised the approach taken to engagement in our previous action plan, with one suggesting that an online wiki approach, supported by workshops and public meetings, would deliver better collaboration with civil society
  • one suggested creating a commitment around organic food and public transportation
  • one suggested public consultation in connection with universities and town events.

 

Read the full statements (PDF, 44kb).

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Stakeholder Advisory Group

6 May 2016

Agenda (PDF, 117 KB)

Meeting Summary  (29 March) (PDF, 150 KB)

 

Draft notes for Member discussion:

 

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Change of timeframe for New Zealand’s Second National Action Plan

21 April 2016

The timeframe for when New Zealand will finalise its second national action plan for 2016-18 is being extended to allow time for wider engagement with New Zealanders and civil society organisations.

 

Feedback from the Independent Review carried out by the Open Government Partnership, available on the OGP website at http://www.opengovpartnership.org/country/new-zealand/irm, tells us that our engagement needs to be more inclusive.

 

To allow time to do that we will not be submitting our second action plan by the time it is normally due on 30 June 2016. The plan will be developed over a number of months and published by the end of October 2016.

 

Read the statement on the State Services Commission website.

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Stakeholder Advisory Group

29 March 2016

Agenda  (PDF, 118 KB)

Meeting Summary (11 February) (PDF, 118 KB)

 

Member draft suggestions for open government themes:

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New Zealand: 2014-2015 Progress Report

February 2016

"At mid-term, New Zealand has made some progress in achieving its commitments. In general, however, the goals could have been more clearly focused and ambitious with regard to key challenges in open government. Government will find its action plan more coherent and easier to implement if it is not as multi-faceted and if it relates directly to OGP values.

 

The Open Government Partnership (OGP) is a voluntary international initiative that aims to secure commitments from governments to their citizenry, to promote transparency, empower citizens, fight corruption, and harness new technologies to strengthen governance. New Zealand began participating in OGP in September 2013. The Independent Reporting Mechanism (IRM) carries out a biannual review of the activities of each OGP participating country. This report covers the first year of implementation of New Zealand’s action plan, from 1 July 2014 to 31 June 2015.

 

The State Services Commission (SSC) is the lead agency for OGP. The Department of Internal Affairs and Land Information New Zealand also were responsible for commitments."

 

Read the full report on the International Open Government Partnership website.

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Stakeholder Advisory Group

11 February 2016

Agenda (PDF, 211 KB)

Meeting Summary (PDF, 87 KB)

 

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Submissions Received – New Zealand Mid-term Self-assessment Report

9 February 2016

Four submissions were received on the self-assessment draft.  The majority of these respondents provided feedback criticising:

  • the ambition and appropriateness of what has been included in New Zealand's OGP National Action Plan
  • the pre-existing nature of New Zealand's programmes
  • the extent and breadth of community and civil society engagement in developing the New Zealand National Action Plan.

 

Read more on the State Services Commission website.

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Open Government Partnership New Zealand Mid-term Self-assessment Report

26 January 2016

New Zealand places trust in government at the centre of our democratic system. It does this through a culture of openness, freedom of information and public accountability, while protecting personal and confidential public information.

 

In 2011, the New Zealand Government began an ambitious State sector reform programme aimed at making the State sector more efficient, effective, and responsive to citizens and businesses as part of this commitment.

 

New Zealand's commitment to the Open Government Partnership (OGP) solidifies these principles and values. New Zealand's Action Plan reflects its strong record of openness, transparency and citizen engagement in government through existing and developing initiatives and targeting ambitious and transformational programmes for further progress.

 

Download the Open Government Partnership New Zealand Mid-term Self-assessment Report (PDF, 863KB)

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