Select committee process should be constructive and more accountable, transparent and accessible

Select committee process should be constructive and more accountable, transparent and accessible

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NetHui is New Zealand’s most diverse and interactive Internet community event and the event held in Auckland on the 9-10th November 2017 had the themes themes of ‘trust’ and ‘freedom’. Participants were challenged, “With a new Government being sworn in this week how will the political changes signalled by the parties now in Government affect trust and freedom issues?" The session on Open Government Partnership asked how attendees can get involved and what the big open government issues are for them and New Zealand. They were then asked to come up with ideas for the next National Action Plan.

by NetHui_10_November_2017 on April 19, 2018 at 04:06PM

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  • Posted by davednz May 29, 2018 at 03:13

    I never even knew there was a Net Hui last year. Would have been nice to be able to engage online. There working on the 3rd Action Plan now. I never knew there was a 1st one. Says heaps about community engagement for the most important part of the process.
  • Posted by OGPNewZealand June 13, 2018 at 15:21

    The community engagement processes for the National Action Plan are certainly an area that has needed work and they improving over time. The profile of the OGP Action Plan is slowly growing which is great. Improving community engagement is definitely one of the messages coming through strongly. Thanks for your comment and your support.
  • Posted by davednz June 21, 2018 at 01:49

    Thank you for your response. I am glad that you feel more positive then I am about OGPNZ.

    I find there is a very unsettling theme that is emanating from various government agencies when communicating with them about Open Government Partnership or E-Government initiatives currently underway. That being that until you ask very specific questions that require very specific answers you only get generalisations like your response above. What I am trying to ask without being to blunt is this... Specifically what initiatives are being taken by OGPNZ to inform the NZ public at large about any progress that is being made? Other then your obscure website which to my knowledge is not promoted in any way. How do you expect the NZ public to become engaged?

    I await your reply with interest.
  • Posted by OGPNewZealand July 03, 2018 at 09:45

    Hi davednz, you are right the profile of open government has been traditionally low but it is growing. Engaging with people in the right way on this work is a challenge for sure. We have been working on it.

    OGPNZ has increased its efforts in social media this year - @ogpnz for Twitter, there is a Facebook page, a LinkedIn presence and an email network of about 800 members and there are now regular posts . We refreshed the website to improve it from the one we had and it is a work in progress.

    We have utlised the connections of our Expert Advisory Panel of civil society representatives (you can look on our website to see who they are) as well as those of the government agencies working on open government initiatives. We have also connected into events such as Delib Participatory Democracy, NetHui as well as ones that our Minister is speaking at to get the word out. We have met with anyone who was interested about OGP and we held six workshops around the country as well as taking ideas for the OGP Plan online. There will be and three workshops to create the Plan incuding civil society - we had the second one yesterday.

    All of these channels have been used over the year to promote the development process of the new OGP Plan. It takes time to grow a profile and we have clearly missed people such as yourself. It is good that we have connected now and you are aware of the OGP channels if you want them. Check them out and if you have any further ideas of how to improve the engagement channels as we grow them, happy to hear those too. If its easier to contact us directly our email address is ogpnz@ssc.govt.nz.

    Kind regards

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