OGPNZ update: Auckland workshop and teleconferences

Kia ora. Talofa lava. Malo e lelei. Kia orana. Fakalofa lahi atu. Bula vinaka.

We are now half way through the face to face workshops and teleconferences. Thanks to all who have participated so far and we welcome everyone’s involvement in the sessions still to come. You can view them all in the calendar on the right side of our web page here.

Auckland workshop

We had 12 participants plus government representatives at the workshop in Auckland yesterday. The key themes that came through included:

  • Open Data and Open Information (including a better culture and compliance around the Official Information Act);
  • transparency and accountability around government decision-making with priority areas being social services (e.g. housing) and financial decision-making (e.g. budgets);
  • greater youth participation in community engagement; and,
  • everyone having equal opportunities to participate, with a focus on the processes around voting and making parliamentary submissions fully accessible.

Actions resulting from these discussions have been published here. You can also post actions and comment on other suggestions on this site until 24 August.

Teleconferences

Today, we also had two great teleconferences on the subject of Open Data, with 15 people in total participating. This was a chance for people to share and discuss actions they had posted to the online tool mentioned above. Actions discussed included:

  • adoption of the open contracting data standard and the publishing of full government contracts by default;
  • an all-of-government culture change programme around the release of data;
  • ways to improve government systems and culture around the Official Information Act;
  • transparency and processes around consultation and engagement; and,
  • the possible adoption of the Open Data Charter.

It was great to have people from government taking part in these discussions as well. Land Information New Zealand (LINZ) has started seeking views from both government and non-government stakeholders interested in open data, about whether New Zealand should adopt the International Open Data Charter, and whether we should keep the NZ Data and Information Management Principles. You can find out more about this and share your views here. LINZ has produced a really useful reference document that compares the two sets of principles, which you can find by following the above link as well.

Next steps

There are still opportunities for you and people in your networks to get involved. There are teleconferences, our workshop in Christchurch next Tuesday (details and register here), and you can provide input online through until next week.

Looking at the actions suggested so far, we think it would be good to have the next teleconference on Monday 22 August at 10.00am focussed on actions related to transparency (e.g. negotiation documents for international treaties, company and trust beneficial ownership information etc.).   We have one more teleconference on Wednesday 24 August at 5.00pm. Please email me to suggest a topic for this one: martin@engage2.co.nz.

All of the above will culminate in the co-creation workshop with government officials to develop the commitment templates for consideration by government and Ministers.  This is in Wellington from 10.00am to 4.00pm on Friday 26 August 2016.  If you have participated in any of the above activities, you are very welcome to join us at this workshop and can register here.

Apologies to anyone who has received repeated emails from us previously. We have now sorted this out. Hopefully you can take it as a sign that we would really value your input.

As always, please get in touch if you have any questions.

Tōfā soifua

Martin

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