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Open Data Action Plan

The Action Plan took effect on 1 July 2017, following public consultation, and sets out goals and initiatives to 30 June 2020. It has been updated to include initiatives for implementing the principles of the international Open Data Charter adopted in August 2017.

The action plan is accompanied by an implementation plan that includes time-bound activities and milestones, and describes how the action plan will be delivered. Both plans are living documents and will be regularly updated to reflect what has been learnt as we progress, changes in the needs of data users and government agencies, feedback from the data community, and changes in the data landscape.

Read the Action Planbackground information, and the Implementation Plan.

Have your say on the action plan by joining in the discussion on Loomio or emailing


Open data, open potential event - 2 March 2018

Stats NZ and members of the open data community celebrated open data day by witnessing the Minister of Statistics and Government Chief Data Steward co-sign New Zealand’s Open Data Charter letter. This was followed by a showcase of a number of innovative software and apps being developed using open and integrated data. Presentations and information from the event are now available.


Open Government Data Dashboard

We have a prototype Open Government Data Dashboard that we would like your feedback on. Learn about the reason for the dashboard and join the conversation and share your thoughts...


'Telling our open data stories' engagement

The sharing of open data stories raises awareness about open data and encourages new release and use. In 2017 Stats NZ commissioned engage2 to gather stories from current and potential users of open data. Here you can read the report from that engagement.


Open data community forums

There are some great open data discussion forums, websites and meetups where you can get (and share) information and ideas about the innovative use of open data.

New Zealand

Discussion forum to exchange ideas on making more Stats NZ data accessible and usable. 

Open Government Ninjas
An online discussion space for people who are working on open government data projects – or in open data generally.

Code for Aotearoa
New Zealand’s own version of the global Code for All network.

GovHack NZ
The largest Australasian annual hackathon, which brings tech folks and government data together for 48 hours and results in hundreds of innovative projects each year.

Open Data NZ Meetup
For open data enthusiasts who are keen to learn more about how open data contributes to NZ’s social and economic fabric.

Result 9 Accelerator
A govtech accelerator. Teams of innovators develop products and services that make it easier for people to interact with New Zealand Government.

NZ Government Web Toolkit
Standards, guidance, tips and strategic advice for people working on government websites.


Code for All
An international network of organisations who believe that digital technology opens up new channels for citizens to more meaningfully engage in the public sphere and have a positive impact on their communities.

World Bank Open Data Toolkit
A collection of online tools and knowledge that provides guidance to governments to support them in creating their own open data strategies and platforms.

Open Data Institute
The ODI aims to equip, connect and inspire people around the world to innovate with data. Its website has a blog, training modules and online tools.

Open Data Policy Guidelines
A living set of open data guidelines by the Sunlight Foundation to address what data should be public, how to make data public and how to implement policy.

Open Data Charter Resource Centre
Resources from around the globe about open data adoption, principles and projects.