- Directions and priorities
- Access to government services
- Access to government data
- Services to government employees
- Aligning agency applications
- Standardising enterprise applications
- Defining and reusing authoritative data
- Integrating workflow across government
- Unifying communications and networking
- Securing government information
- Aligning management of commodity software
- Building operational foundations
- Roadmap Overview Key
- Government approach to cloud computing
- Syndicated LAR Services Panel
- Rethink Online
- Open and Transparent Government
- Priority areas
- Open Door to Innovation
- Common capabilities
- COE Reference Architecture
- Benefits Realisation
- Checklist for agencies
- Enterprise Architecture
- Communication technologies
- Information and data
- Procurement and ICT contracts
- Trust and security
- Standards / compliance
- Agency Guides
- Government Cloud Business Case 2011 FAQs
- Pre-2009 research
- Previous e-Government Strategy 2006
- The GCIO
Declaration on Open and Transparent Government
The Declaration on Open and Transparent Government was approved by Cabinet on 8 August 2011. The Declaration states:
Building on New Zealand’s democratic tradition, the government commits to actively releasing high value public data(1).
The government holds data on behalf of the New Zealand public. We release it to enable the private and community sectors to use it to grow the economy, strengthen our social and cultural fabric, and sustain our environment. We release it to encourage business and community involvement in government decision-making.
Through this commitment New Zealand citizens and businesses can expect a more efficient and accountable public sector, more services tailored to their needs, and a greater level of participation in shaping government decisions.
Releasing government data will help create the conditions that align central, regional and local government programmes and business initiatives.
By actively releasing taxpayer funded data we will assist educational, research, and scientific communities and the public to collaboratively build on existing data to gain new knowledge and apply it.
To support this declaration, the government asserts that the data and information it holds on behalf of the public must be open, trusted and authoritative, well managed, readily available, without charge where possible, and reusable, both legally and technically. Personal and classified data and information must be protected.
Public service and non-public service departments are directed and State Services agencies encouraged to commit to the release of high value public data for re-use in accordance with the declaration and principles. State Sector agencies and territorial and regional Chief Executives are also invited to participate in this initiative. Agencies are asked to regularly report to Ministers on their progress.
 Public data refers to non-personal and unclassified data.
The Declaration’s status
The Declaration has been approved by Cabinet. Cabinet has:
- directed all Public Service departments, the New Zealand Police, the New Zealand Defence Force, the Parliamentary Counsel Office, and the New Zealand Security Intelligence Service;
- encouraged other State Services agencies; and
- invited State Sector agencies
- to commit to releasing high value public data actively for re-use, in accordance with the Declaration and Principles, and in accordance with the NZGOAL Review and Release process.
Cabinet has also directed Chief Executives to submit their plans to actively release public data to portfolio Ministers for approval. The Data and Information Re-use Chief executives Steering Group will report the aggregate plans annually to the Ministerial Committee on Government ICT.
Cabinet has also invited the Minister of Local Government to write to local authorities and Local Government New Zealand informing the local government sector of the these decisions and encouraging councils, where they consider it appropriate, to take a similar approach.