Open Data Articles

Wellbeing budget aspirations require transparency and accountability

3 June 2019

On 30 May 2019, Finance Minister, Grant Robertson, introduced a “world-first” Wellbeing Budget. The Minister answered questions about the 2019 budget at a lock-up held to provide context and background information to journalists ahead of the Budget. There are several budget documents including 10 volumes of estimates covering specific department appropriations.   TINZ was represented by Suzanne Snively and David Dunsheath at the event.

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Data ethics – Keeping people at the centre

7 May 2019

Anne Gilbert

Anne Gilbert

TINZ Public Sector Project Manager

Data Ethics was the topic of rich and well considered discussion at the public sector Leaders Integrity Forum held in March. It was co-hosted by Transparency International New Zealand (TINZ) and the Office of the Auditor General (OAG).

The session lived up to its name through the skilled chairing of Andrew Hampton (Director General of the Government Communications Security Bureau).

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TINZ submission to National Archival and Library Institutions Ministerial Group

7 September 2018

David Dunsheath

David Dunsheath

TINZ Member with Delegated Authority for Open Government Partnership

Transparency Times Newsletter Co-editor

Transparency International New Zealand (TINZ) supports the claim that all people of Aotearoa have the right of access to knowledge about our nation. They have the right to do so with confidence that it is accurate and unbiased.

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Safeguarding precious historical records

7 August 2018

David Dunsheath

Good intentions

The Coalition Government is assessing the contributions our national archives and libraries can make to New Zealand’s culture and democracy. This work programme spans:

  • The National Library of New Zealand
  • Archives New Zealand
  • Ngā Taonga Sound and Vision (the audio-visual archive).

Co-Chair of this programme is Associate Minister for Arts,

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How open is Government’s 2018 Budget data?

14 July 2018

How would you rate the usefulness of the 2018 Budget-related information associated with The Minister of Finance, Hon Grant Robertson’s Budget delivery on 17 May 2018? 

The Treasury seeks your feedback on this information to improve the usability of future budget documents and data sets. Links to the relevant budget documents and to the brief ‘open data’ 4-question survey,

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Budget day gold nuggets

31 May 2018

David Dunsheath

Hon Minister of Finance, Grant Robertson, at Pre-Budget media lockup 17 May 2018

David Dunsheath

TINZ Member with delegated authority for Open Government

Transparency Times Newsletter Co-editor

The Minister of Finance, Hon Grant Robertson, presented his 2018 Budget on 17 May to a fanfare of both ‘too cautious’ and ‘not cautious enough’ commentaries from across the political spectrum.

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Hon James Shaw, Minister of Statistics and Liz Macpherson, CE Stats NZ after signing the Open Data Charter letter, 2 March 2018.

Open Data Charter signed by Government

12 March 2018

Keitha Booth

Keitha Booth

OGP Independent Reporter on
NZ’s Open Government Partnership National Action Plan 2016-2018

On 2 March 2018 the Hon James Shaw,  Minister of Statistics posted on Twitter: “Today the Government Chief Data Steward and I officially signed New Zealand’s commitment to the Open Data Charter (ODC). This means we’ve signed up to an alliance of governments and experts across the world who,

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Open Government Partnership: submissions update

7 November 2017

David Dunsheath

Delegated authority for Parliamentary Relations

Newsletter Co-Editor

TINZ recently provided requested feedback on two elements of New Zealand’s ‘Open Government Partnership’ (OGP) National Action Plan 2016-18

Open Government Data Dashboard prototype – October submission

On 20 October 2017 TINZ submitted feedback on the a draft Open Data Dashboard.

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Treasury’s Financial Statements of the Government: revealed in lock-up

6 November 2017

George White

TINZ Communications and Research Analyst

I represented Transparency International New Zealand (TINZ) at the October 5th Treasury lock-up for the Financial Statements of the Government (FSG). This event is intended to brief the media and interested organisations just prior to general release of the FSG.

Central government’s financial statements were provided to attendees,

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TINZ connects with Taiwan’s Audrey Tang to accelerate transparency

2 October 2017

Audrey Tang visited New Zealand in the last week of September as a keynote speaker for the Social Enterprise World Forum (SEWF) held in Christchurch.

She is the Digital Minister (Taiwan) and is in charge of Social Enterprise.  She is known world-wide for revitalising global open source communities such as Perl and Haskell.

Ākina Foundation Chief Executive Alex Hannant notes that:

“Hosting the SEWF in New Zealand in 2017 is an opportunity to further accelerate the development of our emerging social enterprise sector.

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