New Zealand government asks public how to become more transparent

By on 25/08/2016
An all-day workshop is being organised by the State Services Commission (SSC)

The government of New Zealand is asking members of the public for their views on improving its openness.

It has drafted an action plan, as part of its collaboration with the Open Government Partnership (OGP) – an international forum 70 countries have signed up to in a bid to become more open, accountable and responsive to citizens, and wants citizens to provide it with feedback.

They can do so during an all-day workshop in Wellington on Friday, organised by the State Services Commission (SSC) – the central government agency responsible for overseeing, managing, and improving the performance of government organisations.

Deputy commissioner at the SSC Al Morrison said: “New Zealand’s second National Action Plan is being developed and we are looking for New Zealanders’ ideas on steps we can take to make government more open, accountable and responsive.

“New Zealand’s government is internationally recognised as one of the most trustworthy and open in the world, but we can do better.”

The event follows a week of online consultation in which citizens were asked about topics including: finding ways for government to engage more effectively with community members; how government might work with communities to capture priority topics for community engagement; and mapping openness and transparency activities across central and local government.  

Friday’s workshop is taking place at Mac’s Function Centre in Taranaki Street Wharf, Corner Cable & Taranaki Streets, between 9am and 4pm.

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About Winnie Agbonlahor

Winnie is news editor of Global Government Forum. She previously reported for Civil Service World - the trade magazine for senior UK government officials. Originally from Germany, Winnie first came to the UK in 2006 to study a BA in Journalism & Russian at the University of Sheffield. She is bilingual in English and German, and, after spending an academic year abroad in Russia and reporting for the Moscow Times, Winnie also speaks Russian fluently.

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