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The IG is a cross-agency group chaired by leaders in the Public Service. The group aims to increase the effectiveness of Public Service by strengthening the leadership of the government data system.

What is the Information Group?

The Information Group advises from a system-wide perspective on how government can better unlock the value of the information it holds on behalf of citizens. It is chaired by the Deputy Statistician and Deputy Chief Executive Data System Leadership, Statistics New Zealand.


The purpose of the Information Group is to provide strategic leadership across the Public Service in support of the Government Chief Data Steward (GCDS), in its role to:

  • oversee the development and implementation of a data strategy for the Public Service
  • support the use of data as a resource across government, while maintaining trust and confidence, for the benefit of all New Zealanders
  • provide oversight and strategic advice to guide system investment in data.

Who can be involved?

Membership of the Group are senior officials who can represent the views and/or have delegated decision rights for data issues within their agencies (typically Tier 2 or Tier 3 leaders) of: public sector, non-public service departments, crown agencies, SoEs etc.

Members will be data leaders in the system and in their wider sector.

Which agencies are currently represented?

Members are made up of senior officials from the following agencies:

  • Ara Poutama Aotearoa — Department of Corrections
  • Hīkina Whakatutuki — Ministry of Business, Innovation, and Employment
  • Institute of Environmental Science and Research Limited
  • Manatū Ahu Matua — Ministry for Primary Industries
  • Manatū Aorere — Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade
  • Manatū Mō Te Taiao — Ministry for the Environment
  • Ngā Pirihimana o Aotearoa — New Zealand Police
  • Oranga Tamariki - Ministry for Children
  • Tatauranga Aotearoa — Stats NZ
  • Te Hiringa Mahara — Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission
  • Te Kawa Mataaho — Public Service Commission
  • Te Manatū Waka — Ministry of Transport
  • Te Manatū Whakahiato Ora — Ministry of Social Development
  • Te Ope Kātua o Aotearoa — New Zealand Defence Force
  • Te Puni Kōkiri — Ministry of Māori Development
  • Te Rua Mahara o te Kāwanatanga — Archives NZ
  • Te Tāhū o te Ture — Ministry of Justice
  • Te Tāhuhu o te Mātauranga — Ministry of Education
  • Te Tai Ōhanga — The Treasury
  • Te Tari Mātāwaka — Ministry for Ethnic Communities
  • Te Tari o te Pirimia me te Komiti Matua — Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet
  • Te Tari Taake — Inland Revenue Department
  • Te Tari Taiwhenua — Department of Internal Affairs
  • Te Tira Tiaki — Government Communications Security Bureau (NCSC/GCSB)(GCISO)
  • Te Tūāpapa Kura Kāinga — Ministry of Housing and Urban Development
  • Te Whatu Ora — Health New Zealand
  • Toi Hau Tāngata — Social Wellbeing Agency
  • Toitū Te Whenua — Land Information New Zealand
  • Waka Kotahi — NZ Transport Agency
  • Whaikaha — Ministry of Disabled People

How to find out more?

To learn more, you can read the Information Group's terms of reference.

The Information Group's terms of reference

Contact us

If you’d like more information, have a question, or want to provide feedback, email

Content last reviewed 17 August 2023.