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2015 report on adoption of the Declaration

Executive summary

The 2014 annual report to Cabinet noted good progress and sought acceleration in public data release across the public service [CAB Min (14) 28/11 refers]. It agreed a detailed programme of work with five data-intensive departments [1]. The targets for 2015 were to increase listings on and progress towards reaching a future state where all departments release high value public datasets as part of their business as usual activities.

2015 Report on agency adoption of the New Zealand Declaration on Open and Transparent Government [PDF 514 KB]

Cabinet Paper: Report back on agencies' progress implementing the Open Government Information and Data Programme [PDF 255 KB]

SEC 15 Min 0034 [PDF 76 KB KB]

This targeted approach has had good results. On the supply side, the number of datasets listed on has increased by almost 37%. Three of the five departments (the Ministry for Primary Industries, Ministry for the Environment (MfE), Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment) now release public data as a core business activity and have moved towards systems that are ‘open by design’ with their data licensed for legal re-use. MfE launched its own Data Service in March 2015. The Ministry of Social Development and Ministry of Health are committed to open data release and good progress is expected in the coming year.

This success was supported by direct work by the Open Government Information and Data Programme (the Programme), in particular, providing the technical data-related capability agencies lacked. An active training programme has seen 150 staff across the public service receive open licensing training, and they can now refresh their skills using a series of 13 online training videos. These activities were possible through additional resourcing (secondment from the Department of Internal Affairs and two fixed-term staff in the Secretariat).

This success is reflected internationally where New Zealand is seen as an Open Government information and data leader, and regularly invited to attend international meetings. The Global Open Data Barometer’s 2015 rating of New Zealand as 4th equal in the world in terms of open data readiness, implementation and impact, maintained its 4th score from 2013.



[1] Ministry for Primary Industries; Ministry for the Environment; Ministry of Health, Ministry of Social Development and Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment.


Last updated 20/09/2016