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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 (to cover the period 2020 – 2022).

Covid-19 March Update – Longer timeframe for OGP’s plan  

The Open Government Partnership (OGP) Steering Committee has recognised the impact of COVID-19 on countries and communities and has decided to provide governments with greater flexibility in the development and implementation of OGP National Action Plans.   

In line with the OGP announcement we will publish the next OGP plan in mid-2021.  This shift in timing will mean the development process will be longer, and this means we can hear from more people, and gain greater involvement in the development of the Plan.    

The decision can be found on the OGP website.

Thank you to those of you who have already reached out to offer your support and ideas for taking this important work forward.  Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or ideas by email: 

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 recommendationsin 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.

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.