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The Government Data Strategy and Roadmap

This page provides an overview of the refreshed Government Data Strategy and Roadmap, published by the Government Chief Data Steward in September 2021.

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What is the Strategy and Roadmap?

The Government Data Strategy and Roadmap provides a shared direction and plan for the government data system of Aotearoa NZ. 

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The system strategy has focus areas which each have outcomes and initiatives associated with them. The four focus areas of the Government Data Strategy and Roadmap are data, capability, infrastructure, and leadership. Each initiative in the Roadmap falls under one or more of these focus areas.

The strategy also has principles which outline the way the work within the Strategy and Roadmap should be done. The roadmap provides a timeline for when initiatives are to be completed across year one, year two, and year three onwards.

The Strategy and Roadmap is underpinned by a responsibility to uphold Te Tiriti and a commitment to maintaining and enhancing public trust and confidence. These concepts are fundamentally important to all of the work within the Strategy and Roadmap.

Te Tiriti is in the middle of a circle of the four focus areas: Data, Capability, Trust, and Leadership. The circle sits inside a teardrop shape labeled Trust. Beneath the teardrop shape is Monitor and report on the health of the government data system


Does it apply to you?

The Government Data Strategy and Roadmap applies to all government agencies in Aotearoa NZ.

It does not include responsibilities for regional and local government, private sector organisations or the general public.

Narrowing the scope makes a higher level of accountability possible for the government of Aotearoa NZ.

Where are we now?

Currently, a lack of integration between government services means New Zealanders may be required to provide the same information to multiple agencies to access services. There is limited visibility of what information agencies hold about New Zealanders and how it is used. 

Where data is visible and usable, it can contain gaps. This makes it harder for people to access information or insights about things that are important to them. Combined with current data system settings, this lack of visibility also means the rights and interests of Māori and iwi are not realised.

How will we work?

The Government Data Strategy and Roadmap will be brought to life through principles adapted from the Data Protection and Use Policy, the Mana Ōrite relationship agreeement between Stats NZ and the Data Iwi Leaders Group, and the Public Service Act.

Contact us

If you’d like more information, have a question, or want to provide feedback, please email

Content last reviewed September 17 2021.