Lack of Public Consultation in Opening Up the Government

Press Release – Open Government Partnership WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND- Today the Open Government Partnership (OGP) released its first report on New Zealands progress towards fulfilling its international commitments to transparency, accountability and participation.New Open Government Partnership Report on New Zealand Finds Lack of Public Consultation and Ambition in Opening Up the Government WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND- Today the Open Government Partnership (OGP) released its first report on New Zealand’s progress towards fulfilling its international commitments to transparency, accountability and participation. OGP is a partnership of 69 governments and hundreds of civil society organizations working to make government more accountable to their citizens. At the core of OGP are national action plans which are composed of government commitments to improve transparency, open up decision-making, and make officials answerable to the public. In order to monitor progress and encourage continued momentum on the two year National Action plans, OGP’s Independent Reporting Mechanism (IRM) team publishes annual reports that provide an assessment of countries’ progress in successfully implementing their commitments. Reports are carried out for each country by a national of that country. In New Zealand, Steven Price, Wellington barrister and adjunct lecturer at Victoria University of Wellington, was the IRM researcher. One year into implementation, the New Zealand IRM report finds that the government’s action plan largely consists of programmes that were already underway, and were not primarily designed to improve open...

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