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Fourth National Action Plan

Hear what others have to say and have your say about the content of New Zealand’s Fourth National Action Plan.

Letter from the Open Government Partnership regarding New Zealand’s shift to the 2022 cohort for our next National Action Plan

On 15 June 2021 we wrote to OGP to advise them of our intention to extend the development period for our next National Action Plan to mid-2022, joining the countries delivering Plans in 2022.

We have now received a reply to that letter, which can be found here.

Ideas collected in our workshops

See the Ideas collected in our workshops for the Fourth National Action Plan

Open Government in Aotearoa New Zealand: What it is, and why it matters | Kāwanatanga Tuwhera i Aotearoa: Tōna kaupapa me tōna whai tikanga ki a tātou

Open Government in Aotearoa New Zealand: What it is, and why it matters explains some of the ideas behind open government, describes New Zealand’s involvement in the Open Government Partnership, and encourages people to get involved in developing the next National Action Plan.

How will the Plan be developed?

The National Action Plan will emerge from a discussion with citizens and community groups.

In light of the shift in timing for the development of the Fourth National Action Plan referred to above, we will work with the EAP and others to continue the conversation and utilise the opportunity to build a strong Plan.

A continuing conversation

This is not a one-off conversation. It has evolved as we developed our first three plans. The three priority areas identified in the last plan are likely to be the basis of the conversation. We can reflect on those priorities and discuss what will be important in the medium and short term. The priorities were:


  • I can have my say and influence things that matter to me.
  • I understand what government means and does.


  • I can access services when they’re needed and they are responsive to my needs.
  • I can have a say about the services that I use.


  • I can see how government decisions are made.
  • I trust that my personal information is safe.

See what people are saying

The IRM Design Report contains 5 Key Recommendations:

  • Reform official information laws
  • Strengthen the role and mandate of the EAP as it continues to act as New Zealand’s Multi-stakeholder Forum.
  • Create a joint civil society/government public engagement Community of Practice or Hub
  • Apply civics education learning at community and local government level
  • Strengthen high-quality public media reporting by continuing the Local Democracy Reporter pilot to ensure transparency and public accountability of local government.

In addition, the IRM Reviewer has made other recommendations, in particular relating to the Commitments in the current Plan, which can be found throughout the Report.

The views and information contained in the online public feedback are reported as provided to the State Services Commission, they are not the opinion of the State Services Commission. By making this information publicly available, it may be used by persons other than the State Services Commission, for which the Commission is not responsible.

  • Participation
  • Responsiveness
  • Transparency
  • Other ideas

How can I have my say?

You can have your say by sending your suggestions to or

Open Government Partnership Team

State Services Commission

PO Box 329

Wellington 6140

You can also follow the conversation on Twitter at @ogpnz, on Facebook and at the State Services Commission’s LinkedIn page.

Publication of Submissions

We intend to publish all written submissions on this website.

Please note also that all submissions are subject to the Official Information Act 1982, and that your submission may therefore be the subject of a request.

If you do not want your submission to be made public, please state this clearly, together with your reasons, and whether your objection relates to your whole submission or to a part or parts of it. Any personal information you supply in the course of making your submission will be used by us only in relation to the matters covered in this discussion paper. Please clearly indicate in your submission if you do not want your name to be included in any summary of submissions that we publish.