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Engagement with Parliament (NZ0012)



Action Plan: New Zealand Action Plan 2018-2020

Action Plan Cycle: 2018

Status: Active


Lead Institution: Office of the Clerk of the House

Support Institution(s): NA

Policy Areas

Capacity Building, E-Government, Legislature, Media & Telecommunications, Public Participation

IRM Review

IRM Report: Pending IRM Review

Starred: Pending IRM Review

Early Results: Pending IRM Review

Design i

Verifiable: Yes

Relevant to OGP Values: Access to Information Technology

Potential Impact:

Implementation i



Commitment 1: Engagement with Parliament
To improve public understanding of how Parliament works and engage a
greater number of people with its work.
People will be able to access information about how Parliament works more
easily and more people will engage with Parliament and have their say.
Parliament aims to reach a larger and more diverse audience across all
its digital and broadcasting channels – Parliament website, Parliament TV,
Facebook pages, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram - by June 2020. It also aims
to grow engagement, measured by more actions taken across all channels, by
June 2020. Currently (October 2018) Parliament has:
• Facebook: 10,137 followers (NZ Parliament and Select Committee
• Twitter: 17,174 followers
• LinkedIn: 3,737 followers
• Instagram: 403 followers.
While the audience numbers across channels vary substantially and are still
low for many, the aim is to enhance the use of these (and establish new
channels if required), to lead to increased engagement with Parliament.
Status quo:
A Colmar Brunton report, Exploring New Zealanders’ understanding of, and
engagement with, Parliament and the democratic process, commissioned by
Radio New Zealand and the Office of the Clerk in October 2017 suggested:
• Only a minority of the population inform themselves about the
issues and processes of Parliament, and most are detached from
parliamentary process and only a minority of the population inform
themselves about the issues and outcomes.
• People do not necessarily understand how Parliament or democracy
affects their lives and do not actively seek information on the
parliamentary process and how to engage because it’s not for
‘everyday Kiwis’.
• Parliament is compared to the sun, ‘we know it is there and it is
important but it is too far.’ Lead Agency: Office of the Clerk of the House
Timeline: October 2018 – June 2020
Commitment 1: Engagement with Parliament
OGP Values Transparency, Public
Participation, Technology
and Innovation
Verifiable and measurable milestones to fulfil
the commitment
Start date End date
Expand the use of Parliament TV to provide
information about Parliament, in addition to
coverage of the House, to show New Zealanders
that Parliament is relevant to them. Content will
be reviewed annually and viewer numbers will be
monitored quarterly.
July 2018
June 2020
Make Parliament more interactive by holding three
public events every year, focused on engaging people
with Parliament, to raise awareness that Parliament
is for everyone. Events to be identified by the Office
of the Clerk in line with the Parliament Engagement
Strategy 2018-2021: https://www.parliament.
2018 June 2020
Develop and publish content showing ‘real people’
start petitions and make submissions to select
committees, and make the options for having
your say transparent and easy to understand to
show people how to participate in the democratic
2018 June 2020
Develop and enhance a 360° Virtual Reality Tour
of Parliament to raise children, young people’s and
all New Zealanders’ awareness of what Parliament
does by making it more accessible and interesting to
inspire future voters.
August 2018
June 2020


  1. Engagement with Parliament

    NZ0012, 2018, Capacity Building

  2. Youth Parliament

    NZ0013, 2018, Capacity Building

  3. School Leavers' Toolkit

    NZ0014, 2018, Capacity Building

  4. Making New Zealand’S Secondary Legislation Readily Accessible

    NZ0015, 2018, E-Government

  5. Public Participation in Policy Development

    NZ0016, 2018, Capacity Building

  6. Service Design

    NZ0017, 2018, Capacity Building

  7. Official Information

    NZ0018, 2018, Legislation & Regulation

  8. Review of Government Use of Algorithms

    NZ0019, 2018, Science & Technology

  9. Data Practice Transparency

    NZ0020, 2018, Capacity Building

  10. Monitoring Information Management Practice

    NZ0021, 2018, Legislation & Regulation

  11. Open Data Government Organizations

    NZ0022, 2018, E-Government

  12. Open Procurement

    NZ0023, 2018, E-Government

  13. Open Budget

    NZ0005, 2016, Capacity Building

  14. Improving Official Information Practices

    NZ0006, 2016, Capacity Building

  15. Improving Open Data Access and Principles

    NZ0007, 2016, Capacity Building

  16. Tracking Progress and Outcomes of Open Government Data Release

    NZ0008, 2016, Capacity Building

  17. Ongoing Engagement for OGP

    NZ0009, 2016, Capacity Building

  18. Starred commitment Improving Access to Legislation

    NZ0010, 2016, Capacity Building

  19. Improving Policy Practices

    NZ0011, 2016, Capacity Building

  20. BPS Result 10 – New Zealanders Can Complete Their Transactions with the Government Easily in a Digital Environment

    NZ0001, 2014, E-Government

  21. ICT Strategy Action 13 – Open by Default: Active Re-use of Information Assets

    NZ0002, 2014, Capacity Building

  22. National Integrity System Assessment

    NZ0003, 2014, Anti-Corruption Institutions

  23. The Kia TūTahi Relationship Accord

    NZ0004, 2014, Capacity Building