Strengthening Democracy through Open Government

Event 13 April

Over the last couple of years, NZCCL has put considerable effort into the development of Aotearoa New Zealand’s Fourth National Action Plan as a member of the international Open Government Partnership.

Following on from this effort, NZCCL is hosting a panel discussion with Sanjay Pradhan, Rt Hon Helen Clark, Helmut Modlik, Andrew Ecclestone and Suzanne Snively. It will take place in Wellington at VUW on 13 April from 5:00 - 7:30 pm. If you’re not in Wellington a link to the livestream will be provided when you register at the link below (the live stream will start at 5:30 pm). TINZ is one of the supporters of this event.

The event is sold out. Register below to join the waitlist or attend via Zoom.



  • Sanjay Pradhan, Chief Executive Officer, Open Government Partnership
  • Rt Hon Helen Clark, Ambassador, Open Government Partnership
  • Helmut Modlik, Chief Executive Officer, Te Rūnanga o Toa Rangatira
  • Andrew Ecclestone, Deputy Chair, NZ Council for Civil Liberties
  • Suzanne Snively, Member, NZ Open Government Partnership Expert Advisory Panel
  • Moderator: Dr Barbara Allen, Deputy Head, VUW School of Government

Event description

Aotearoa New Zealand is regarded by others as being one of the most transparent, least corrupt, and most democratic countries in the world. But perceptions of these issues amongst people living in Aotearoa New Zealand can diverge, and there is a risk that governments have been resting on their laurels. 

What does ‘open government’ mean? What does it mean in the context of Te Tiriti o Waitangi and tino rangatiratanga? What lessons can Aotearoa New Zealand learn from democratic backsliding in other countries? How can we make progress on public participation beyond voting in elections? And what new opportunities and challenges await us on the horizon? 

Join this panel of domestic and international leaders as we consider these issues, in light of Aotearoa New Zealand's recent Fourth National Action Plan for open government.

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