Institute for Governance and Policy Studies

Recent Developments

OGP National Action Plan 2016 - 18 is now available online

Shreya Basru, Open Government Partnership, Regional Civil Society Coordinator for Asia Pacific, gave a presentation in Auckland on 17th June.


Reflections on the OGP Summit in Mexico, October 2015

Open Government Partnership Stakeholder Advisory Group


Professor Miriam Lips and Associate Professor Michael Macaulay from the School of Government, have been apppointed to a new 6-member Stakeholder Advisory Group formed to provide input into New Zealand's Open Government Partnerhsip Action Plan. The Stakeholder Advisory Group was announced on 4 August by State Services Commissioner Iain Rennie.It will assist with the development, implementation and evaluation of commitments in New Zealand's Action Plans by providing constructive advice, communicating openly and engaging with the New Zealand public.


The members of the group are:

  • Fuimaono Tuiasau, Transparency International New Zealand (chair)
  • Michael Macaulay, Victoria University of Wellington
  • Miriam Lips, Victoria University of Wellington
  • Dave Henderson, Hui E! Community Aotearoa
  • Karaitiana Taiuru, Digital Media Advisor
  • Colin James, Political Journalist and commentator

Read the full SSC press release.

Give your feedback on the Action Plan.

Anti-Corruption in New Zealand and Beyond


In December 2014, the Transparency International Corruption Perception Index for 2014 was published, which saw New Zealand overtaken by Denmark at the top of the rankings.  It should be noted that this was mainly due to improvements in Denmark rather than any falling behind by New Zealand.  Nonetheless it raises questions as to whether or not something can be done here?


The good news is that there are a number of initiatives currently in place to try and build upon, and further improve, New Zealand’s approach to anti-corruption.


Hopefully we can begin to realise that improving anti-corruption measures is neither an admission of failure, nor an attack on current levels of integrity.  Moreover there will always be room for global leadership in this area and New Zealand is surely one of the best placed nations on earth to provide such leadership.   


Here’s hoping we continue to do so in 2015.

What is the OGP

OGP was launched in 2011 to provide an international platform for domestic reformers committed to making their governments more open, accountable, and responsive to citizens.  Since then, OGP has grown from 8 countries to the 65 participating countries indicated on the map below.  In all of these countries, government and civil society are working together to develop and implement ambitious open government reforms.



The New Zealand government accepted an invitation to join the OGP in 2013. As part of our membership, we are required to demonstrate through an Action Plan of commitments how the government will implement the OGP principles of  transparency, accountability, technology and innovation, and civil society participation in government. 


New Zealand launched their Action Plan in November of 2014 and will initially focus on:


Links for more information on OGP:



Monday 17 November 2014

The OGP Action Plan

What next for New Zealand?

New Zealand's Action Plan for the Open Government Partnership was published at the end of October. It contains four key broad initiatives and has been well received by the OGP Secretariat. Without doubt the Action Plan provides the groundwork for the leadership role that New Zealand should be taking in the OGP.


Public engagement and participation is at the heart of the OGP so join us on OGP Civil Society Day, November 17th, for a discussion of what the Action Plan entails and what the opportunities and challenges are for the future.

Manjula Shivanandan

Open Government Partnership Team, State Services Commission (SSC)


Michael Macaulay

Director, IGPS, Associate Professor (Public Management) Executive Editor International Journal of Public Administration

Friday 30 May 2014

Learning Lessons From the Open Government Partnership Summit

The Open Government Partnership (OGP) is a global initiative which has seen 64 nations create policies to increase transparency, accountability and integrity.  In all of these countries, government and civil society are working together to develop and implement ambitious open government reforms.

New Zealand committed to join in December 2013 and is currently drafting its first OGP Action Plan.  This lecture will ask what lessons have been learned from fellow OGP initiatives, how New Zealand should go about engaging public participation and what will be in the OGP Action Plan.


The OGP held an international conference in Bali, 6-7 May at which Michael was a speaker.  The conferenceserved as a platform for countries and communities within the region to connect, share and learn from each other on the benefits and opportunities to share across open and good governance practices.  

The IGPS lecture was well attended with many of the key participants involved in the OGP process, on hand to make a valuable contribution to the entertaining discussion and debate. A much enjoyed event that you had to be there to appreciate as this lecture was not recorded. His presentation slides however are in an easy to follow bullet point format with many helpful links that you may find of interest.

Associate Professor Michael Macaulay

Director, Institute for Governance and Policy Studies, School of Government, Victoria University of Wellington