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OGPNZ Update 23 November 2023

Kia ora,
In this edition, we discuss the upcoming Fourth National Action Plan report back event, a recent case study on WaterCare's deliberative process and a new OECD report Open Government for Stronger Democracies: A Global Assessment.

Upcoming Fourth National Action Plan report back event

Update: Due to unforeseen circumstances, please note that this event is now being held online only. There will be no in-person event at Te Puni Kōkiri. All participants have been sent the Zoom details but if you haven’t received an email from us, please get in touch at


The second report back event on the progress of New Zealand's Fourth National Action Plan (NAP4) is taking place on Tuesday 5 December 2023 and everyone is welcome.

The event will be held in person at Te Puni Kōkiri in Wellington and online via Zoom from 1pm to 3pm, however we are inviting people to arrive early from 12.45pm for a meet and greet with the people responsible for implementing the Plan’s commitments.

Register to join the report back event here.


Recent case study on deliberative processes for community engagement

Te Kawa Mataaho Public Service Commission is responsible for Commitment 2 under the NAP4 which involves researching deliberative processes for community engagement. Deliberative processes can include things like citizens’ assemblies, juries and participatory budgeting.

We recently published a case study that looks at what a deliberative process is, how they work and how Watercare ran their citizens' assembly. The case study aims to help agencies and the public better understand what a deliberative process involves.

"Going into this I was a bit worried I’d be very strongly pushed towards a single option, but it really seems like they’re encouraging discussion" – Participant, WaterCare citizens' assembly

Read the deliberative processes case study here.

New OECD report 'Open Government for Stronger Democracies'

Last week, the OECD released a new report ‘Open Government for Stronger Democracies: A Global Assessment’. The report takes stock of countries' implementation of the Recommendation on Open Government adopted by the OECD Council in 2017, its dissemination, and its ongoing significance. 

"Open government is a powerful catalyst for driving democracy, public trust, and inclusive growth." – Open Government for Stronger Democracies

Read the OECD report here.


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