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There has been a flurry of activity over the last couple of months as the Government scrambles to release New Zealand's second Open Government Partnership National Action Plan by the October deadline.
In August, TINZ submitted recommendations for New Zealand’s second Open Government Partnership (OGP) National Action Plan (NAP). Among the recommendations were a call for more ambition in creating the next NAP and developing channels of communication for improving engagement with citizens.
TINZ participated in a number of workshops conducted by engage2 and the State Services Commission. The workshops were productive and a solid source of ideas and recommendations.
The current State Services Team is late to the effort. They recognized the need to make up lost time. All involved are determined to continue this process into the next National Action Plan. The ambition is for significantly increased citizen involvement and to promote substantial open government improvements in the spirit of the OGP grand challenge.
The SSC is due to provide a draft National Action Plan for Cabinet’s approval in September. TINZ is keen to see the output of this process. The expectation is that the plan will be a solid roadmap for achievable objectives over the next few years.