Open Data, Open Potential event – Friday 2 March 2018

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Wharewaka Function Centre (Makaro Room)

2 Taranaki Street

Wellington, Wellington 6011

New Zealand

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To celebrate international Open Data Day, Stats NZ is hosting a half day event – Open Data, Open Potential – in Wellington on Friday 2 March (from 1-4pm).

This event will promote open data as the future of digital government in New Zealand by launching the Open Data Action Plan, which will outline the implementation of the Open Data Charter.

Cabinet approved New Zealand signing up to the international Open Data Charter in 2017, joining 17 other countries, including Australia and the UK.

The event will also showcase the innovation that’s currently taking place through the use of open data.

You can register for this free event until Friday 23 February. Places are limited, so don’t miss out.

Important to note: Registration is from 12:30pm (attendees must be seated by 12:55pm).

1pm-2pm: Key speakers

Statistics Minister Hon James Shaw:

  • Aspirations for the Open Data Action Plan

  • Open Data Charter

Government Chief Data Steward Liz MacPherson:

  • Data stewardship

  • Delivery of the Open Data Action Plan

Data Ventures - stepping stones to open data
Drew Broadley

Signing of the letter adopting the international Open Data Charter

2pm-3:15pm: Showcasing innovation through open data

  • Access Aware Mobility Parking App
    David Matthews (CCS Disability Action)
    Introduced by Paula Tesoriero, Disability Rights Commissioner

  • Open data supporting the agricultural sector and Māori land use decisions
    Justine Daw, Manaaki Whenua LandCare Research

  • Open source code release
    Doug Lambert and Ernestynne Walsh (Social Investment Agency)

  • Using open data to inform public debate
    Chris Knox, Data
    Editor (NZ Herald)

3:15pm-4pm: Networking and refreshments

This is a chance to network over afternoon tea and find out more information at our exhibition stands, including Stats NZ – Data Leadership Hub, LINZ Data Service and

Please note: timings are approximate.


Please follow @opendatanz on Twitter to keep updated on this event. Feel free tweet throughout the event using our hashtag #OpenPotential18.

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