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Data Practice Transparency (NZ0020)



Action Plan: New Zealand Action Plan 2018-2020

Action Plan Cycle: 2018

Status: Active


Lead Institution: Stats NZ

Support Institution(s): NA

Policy Areas

Capacity Building, Legislation & Regulation, 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 Civic Participation

Potential Impact:

Implementation i



Commitment 9: Increase the visibility of government’s data
stewardship practices
To increase the visibility of data practices for government-held data.
Because the Government stewards and uses data on behalf of New
Zealanders it has a duty to ensure that this national data asset is well
managed, used responsibly and ethically, and protected.
The aim of this commitment is to provide a cohesive and integrated
view of the various components that guide how government collects,
manages, and uses data. This will provide New Zealanders with assurance
that mechanisms are in place to ensure government handles their data
responsibly, ethically, and safely.
New Zealanders will:
• understand how government is managing, using, and protecting their
data and be able to hold government to account.
• have confidence and trust in the management and use of data
government holds on their behalf.
Status quo:
Government holds a vast amount of data on behalf of New Zealanders.
This data has the potential to be an immensely valuable asset both for
government, and outside of government, driving innovation and contributing
to economic, social, and environmental progress.
Utilising data to produce meaningful insights will ensure that the way
services are designed and delivered is better informed; the evidence base
for policy development is strengthened; and data is used in operational
decision-making. Improving data practices will also mean that government’s
ability to meet the growing expectations of New Zealanders for quick,
effortless and smart services is improved.
There are pockets of significant progress in the way that data is managed
and used across government. However, government data practices have not
been consistently and cohesively designed and implemented with all-ofgovernment needs in mind. Poor government-wide management of data
limits its use and reduces the value that can be realised from the data for
the benefit of all New Zealanders. We need to ensure that government takes a collective approach to the collection,
management, and use of data held on behalf of New Zealanders. There is a need for
strong, consistent data practices to maintain trust and confidence, ensure privacy is
protected, and to foster the ethical use of data.
It is essential to have active engagement with New Zealanders to demonstrate the value
of data and create an open dialogue around data issues or concerns. Public trust and
confidence needs to be maintained and enhanced through deliberate and continued
engagement with the public.
Lead agency: Stats NZ
Timeline: October 2018 – June 2020
Commitment 9: Increase the visibility of government’s data stewardship
OGP Values Transparency,
Verifiable and measurable milestones to fulfil
the commitment
Start date End date
Develop and publish an overview of government’s
data stewardship practices
August 2018
Engage with citizens and government on the data
stewardship overview to ensure it provides visibility
of the right things and is addressing key needs
1 December
31 April
Promote the data stewardship practices to
government agencies and support them to
implement good practice
1 May 2019 Ongoing
Engage with citizens and government to identify
where effort should be focused to address gaps in
government’s data stewardship practices
1 May 2019 30
(but then
periodically ongoing)


  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