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Officials Group: agenda and minutes

26 April 2017

Items: welcome and acknowledgements, update on commitments, approach to mid-term assessment / reporting, next steps.


Agenda (PDF, 129 KB)

Minutes (PDF, 130KB)

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Officials Group: agenda and minutes

22 March 2017

Items: welcome and acknowledgements, update on commitments, reporting, next steps.


Agenda (PDF, 78 KB)
Minutes (PDF, 126 KB)


Commitment 5 sample report (PDF, 99KB)

Open Government Partnership - New Zealand timeline (PDF, 45KB)

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Open Government Partnership Independent Review Mechanism Local Researchers Call

4 March 2017

The Independent Reporting Mechanism (IRM) of the Open Government Partnership (OGP) is seeking an individual to carry out research at the national level in New Zealand to assess government progress on implementation of their OGP Action Plans.


The IRM is a key means by which all stakeholders can track progress within participating countries. By tracking and publicizing progress, it promotes strong accountability between member governments and citizens.


The IRM works primarily by disseminating independent assessment reports for each OGP participating government. Each national progress report assesses the development and implementation of action plans, and develops technical recommendations.


Read more on the International Open Government Partnership website.

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New Zealand progress report

27 February 2017

In early 2017, the Independent Reporting Mechanism (IRM) published the end of term report for New Zealand’s first action plan. The report covers the full action plan period of 1 July 2014 through 30 June 2016.


Read more on the International Open Government Partnership website.


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Joint Expert Advisory Panel and Officials Group meeting

22 February 2017

Items: welcome and introductions, update on commitments, reflections on the Global Summit, measurement, Victoria University of Wellington – School of Government presentation, wrap up.


Agenda (PDF, 43.2 KB)

Minutes (PDF, 146KB)

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Leaders’ talks cement trade relations, science agreement

17 February, 2017

The annual Australia-New Zealand Leaders’ talks have taken the cooperation between our two countries forward in a number of areas, Prime Minister Bill English says.


Mr English met with Prime Minister Turnbull in Queenstown today to discuss common approaches to bilateral and international issues, including trade and science and innovation.


Their joint statement notes:

“The Prime Ministers agreed on the importance of public data in driving innovation, improving government services, and transforming policy outcomes. There is scope to build stronger cross-Tasman collaboration to facilitate knowledge sharing between the two countries, and find new and innovative ways to use and disseminate public data. The two Prime Ministers agreed that Australia and New Zealand will collaborate on public data initiatives to better align agendas, share lessons learnt on best practice, and work together on data commitments as part of the Open Government Partnership.”


Read more on the Beehive website.

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Media Statement: OIA statistics released

31 January 2017

State Services Commissioner Peter Hughes has today published the first set of Official Information Act (OIA) statistics covering 110 different government agencies. 


“It is essential that New Zealanders have trust and confidence in their government agencies,” Mr Hughes said.


“Being open and transparent is critical to giving the public confidence. When New Zealanders ask us for information we need to be responsive,” he said. 


Read more on the State Services Commission website.

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Official Information Act statistics

31 January 2017

The SSC has published the first set of OIA statistics covering 110 different government agencies.


Government agencies are committed to openness and transparency in the provision of public services to New Zealanders.


The Official Information Act (OIA) gives New Zealanders the right to access information and is important for ensuring government is open and transparent. 


Read more on the State Services Commission website.

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