In this edition, we’re covering an update of New Zealand’s Fourth National Action Plan implementation, visit by Open Government Partnership (OGP) International, and the OECD results for New Zealand.
Fourth National Action Plan
Implementation of New Zealand’s Fourth National Action Plan has started. A public meeting to update on the progress of the Action Plan commitments is planned for 15 June 2023. Details will be advised shortly.
International Open Government Partnership visit
Next week is the inaugural New Zealand visit of Sanjay Pradhan (OGP Chief Executive Officer). Joining Sanjay on his two-day New Zealand visit is Alan Wu (OGP Senior Regional Coordinator, Asia and the Pacific).
On 12 April, Sanjay and Alan will meet with the OGP NZ Expert Advisory Panel and the Te Kawa Mataaho Public Service Commission OGP team. On 13 April, Sanjay and Rt Hon Helen Clark (OGP Ambassador) will participate in a panel discussion at the ‘Strengthening Democracy through Open Government’ event in Wellington. The event is hosted by Trust Democracy, Victoria University of Wellington School of Government, NZ Council for Civil Liberties, Transparency International New Zealand, and OGP.
In March, OECD’s 2023 Drivers of Trust in Public Institutions in New Zealand report was released. The study reaffirms that trust and confidence in the Public Service is driven by responsiveness and the delivery of reliable public services that meet the needs of people.
The OECD findings are in line with the Te Kawa Mataaho Kiwis Count survey, which also measures the trust and confidence of New Zealanders in the Public Service. According to the latest quarterly Kiwis Count survey, 80 percent of New Zealanders trust public services based on their personal experience. For more details, check out OECD: High level of trust in the Public Service.
Open Government Week
OGP International’s Open Gov Week (OGW) – 8-12 May 2023 – is a global call to action to transform the way governments respond to their citizens’ needs. In New Zealand, we’ll be supporting OGW through examples of open government in action which we will share on the OGPNZ and Te Kawa Mataaho social media channels.