New Zealand Mid-Term Report 2016-2018

IRM Report

The two-week public comment period on the Independent Reporting Mechanism's Year 1 Progress Report for New Zealand's second action plan closed 5 February 2018.

In early 2018, the Independent Reporting Mechanism (IRM) published the Year 1 progress report for New Zealand’s second action plan. The report covers the first year of action plan implementation: October 2016 through June 2017.

In New Zealand, the findings from the IRM researcher, Keitha Booth, are summarized below:

"New Zealand’s second national action plan addressed issues ranging from access to information, budget transparency, and civic participation. While the government took major steps toward improving access to legislation, at the midpoint of implementation of the plan nearly half of the listed commitments saw limited completion in the first year. Going forward, it is important that the NZ government include meaningful reform in areas such as whistleblower protection, the Official Information Act, and citizen education."