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This page lays out the refreshed roadmap for the government data system of Aotearoa NZ. The roadmap was published as part of the Government Data System Strategy and Roadmap 2021.

What is the roadmap?

The roadmap sets out a timeline of initiatives split into year one, year two, and year three onwards. These initiatives each align to one or more of the four focus areas of the Government Data Strategy and Roadmap.


Year one: foundations

2021 - 2022

Year two: investment

2022 - 2023

Year three onwards: maturity

2023 - 2024


  • Data Investment Plan
  • Open Data Charter Implementation Plan
  • Initial delivery of iwi affiliation data
  • Update the Data Investment Plan
  • Published data quality framework
  • Māori data stocktake
  • Establish quality stamps on government data releases
  • Establish an easy-to-use mechanism for anyone to identify a data need


  • Grow data capability through partnership with iwi and Māori
  • Review Algorithm Charter and offer support to the system
  • Provide implementation support for using Ngā Tikanga Paihere
  • Design and deliver a data system maturity assessment
  • Implement Government Chief Data Steward agency partnering model
  • Continue Analytics and Research in Government (ARG) Intern Programme
  • Develop Analytics and Research in Government (ARG) Graduate Programme pilot
  • Create a micro-credential for data ethics
  • Ensure consistent job families and descriptions are used across the system
  • Review data capability framework
  • Roll out initiatives based on the data capability framework
  • Develop a data profession involving Communities of Practice, training, evaluation, and monitoring


  • Revise system governance including advisory gaps
  • Introduce Data and Statistics Act
  • Implement new suite of trust proposals in support of the Digital Strategy
  • Develop guidance for agencies on Te Ao Māori perspectives on cloud storage
  • Finalise and implement Māori Data Governance Model
  • Establish an updated approach to mandating and managing standards.
  • Develop Health of the Data System report
  • Develop the Trust Framework for Digitial Identity Services
  • Implement changes aligned to the new Data and Statistics Bill
  • Co-develop guidance for Māori Data Strategy with Māori
  • Establish inclusive data working group
  • Develop principles and protocols on the production and management of data system assets
  • Deliver next suite of mandated standards
  • Implement the system settings for trust and data driven technologies


  • Develop strategic response and seek investment for future of integrated data
  • Develop system architecture
  • Confirm feasability of a joint property data source
  • Development of a joint data and analytics platform
  • Review Data Lab access requirements
  • Further develop and maintain innovative Māori data platforms
  • Establish the Integrated Data Infrastructure (IDI) Commons
  • Establish consistent approach to release protocols across the system
  • Begin implementation of integrated data strategic response
  • Review and agree on consistent data sharing principles and protocols
  • Implement against agreed system architecture
  • Scope system-wide data integration requirements

Key changes

  • Develop a system-wide plan for government investment in data content, capability, and infrastructure
  • Develop a framework to benchmark agency maturity and develop Government Chief Data Steward (GCDS) services to lift agency capability
  • Review system settings for trust and data driven technologies
  • Develop Health of the Data System report
  • Establish the system architecture required for a connected and inclusive data system
  • Use the Data Investment Plan to inform The Budget and agency planning
  • Align agency capability to maturity assessment findings and build capability using Government Chief Data Steward (GCDS) services
  • Complete the next suite of mandated standards
  • Align system architecture change across agencies
  • Begin implementation of integrated data initiatives should funding be secured
  • Create a public mechanism to identify data needs and embed a quality stamp which is consistently used by agencies
  • Build data capability to extend into collection, stewardship, and use of the data cycle
  • Implement system settings for trust and data driven technologies

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Content last reviewed September 17 2021.