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Iain Rennie, the State Services Commissioner, recently hosted a meeting of officials and the Stakeholder Advisory Group (SAG) to review the progress of the 2014 OGP New Zealand Action Plan commitments and the Self Assessment Report draft to be completed by mid October. The SAG Chairman Fuimaono Tuiasau, also a Director of TINZ, said "the current 2014 Action Plan which runs out mid 2016, is being assessed on whether it has delivered on its four commitment areas of Better Public Services, TINZ National Integrity System recommendations, Government ICT Strategy Action Plan and the Kia Tutahi Accord. The SAG is closely monitoring the assessment report and process, which is to be completed mid October."
Pictured from left to right: Andrew Royle, Manjula Shivanandan, Christine Lloyd (State Services Commission), Michael Macaulay (VUW School of Government), Andrew Ecclestone (Ombudsman Office), Fuimaono Tuiasau (Chair), Isabel Evans (Ministry of Social Development), Miriam Lips (VUW and Deputy Chair), Gareth Ellis (Office of the Auditor-General), Iain Rennie (State Services Commissioner), Gary Bulog (Privacy Commission), Dave Henderson (HUI’E), Karaitiana Taiuru (digital media advisor), Tim Blackmore (Stat Services Commission)
However the SAG—made up of civil society leaders—will be meeting soon in earnest to develop new commitments for the June 2016 OGP NZ Action Plan. Since the SAG was formed in late July the 2014 Action Plan commitments are a starting point for a more collaborative approach and for bolder ideas to be included in the 2016 OGP NZ Action Plan. The SAG will be working hard to ensure this happens by consulting widely, tapping into the myriad of civil society networks and building ongoing relationships. This will ultimately provide for a bold 2016 Action Plan that will build partnerships across a broad range of areas from the environment, Māori, accountability and transparency practices, enhancing political and social engagement with local communities.