Submissions schedule

TINZ encourages you to exercise your democratic responsibilities by responding to invitations from government agencies, with your opinions on future direction-setting and legislation.

The following two centralised websites known to TINZ, invite and facilitate public submissions on a variety of legislation, policies, levies, plans and projects currently being processed, together with recently closed submissions:

Not all government agencies utilise one or both of these facilities. Many government agencies conduct their own publicity when seeking submissions. In the spirit of the new open government, TINZ thinks it is time that this fragmentation is eliminated.

Submissions currently being sought

The following invitations to submissions of relevance to TINZ, are currently open for public comment by their stated deadline. We encourage our readers to take the time to draft a submission, even if it is a short one. The submission process is an opportunity to exercise your democratic rights.

Vacancies on Open Government Partnership panel

  • Deadline 5 pm Monday 8 April
  • The State Services Commission seeks nominations for people to fill two roles on New Zealand’s Open Government Partnership Expert Advisory Panel (EAP). It would like the EAP to better reflect New Zealand’s diverse communities. 
  • Māori and Pasifika, young New Zealanders and people from regional New Zealand are particularly encouraged to apply.

Forced Labour Protocol 2014

  • Deadline Sunday 14 April
  • Views are sought by Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment on its discussion paper regarding whether New Zealand should ratify the International Labour Organisation’s 2014 Forced Labour Protocol.

Official Information Act 1982 (OIA)

  • Deadline 5 pm Thursday 18 April
  • Views are sought by Ministry of Justice on how the OIA is working in practice, and whether a review of this legislation is warranted.
  • Feedback will help inform a decision by Government on whether to review it, or whether instead to keep the focus on practice improvements.

Therapeutics Products legislation

  • Deadline 5 pm Thursday 18 April
  • The Ministry of Health seeks public consultation on a draft of the Therapeutic Products Bill.
  • This would replace the Medicines Act 1981 and establish a new regulatory scheme for therapeutic products.

Topics for Youth Parliament Select Committee Hearings

  • Deadline Sunday 28 April
  • Public submission are invited by the Ministry of Youth Development for Youth Parliament 2019 select committee topics
  • Young people (aged 12-24 years) in particular are encouraged to submit their thoughts on the ten topics Youth MPs have chosen to be considered in select committee hearings at the two-day Youth Parliament event in July 2019.

Charities Act 2005

  • Deadline Tuesday 30 April 2019
  • Views are sought by the Department of Internal Affairs on modernising the Act
  • You are encouraged to have your say by attending a community meeting and/or sending in a written submission in response to the discussion document.

Recent TINZ submissions

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