Digital government refers to the role of modern governments to embrace new technologies, methodologies, skills and responsibilities in delivering better more inclusive public services, growing the digital economy, and co-designing the policies, programmes and services that put people and their needs at the centre. You can read more about the New Zealand digital government efforts at

New Zealand is a proud member of the Digital 5, a coalition of digital governments which promote the following aspects of digital government:

1. User needs - the design of public services for the citizen
2. Open standards - technology requires interoperability and so a clear commitment to a credible
royalty free open standards policy is needed
3. Open source - future Government systems, tradecraft, manuals and standards are created as
open source and are shareable between members
4. Open markets - in government procurement create true competition for companies regardless of
size. Encourage and support a start-up culture and promote economic growth through open
5. Open government (transparency) - be a member of the Open Government Partnership and use
open licences to produce and consume open data
6. Connectivity - enable an online population through comprehensive and high quality digital
7. Teach children to code - commitment to offer children the opportunity to learn to code and build
the next generation of skills
8. Assisted digital - a commitment to support all its citizens to access digital services
9. Commitment to share and learn - sharing best practices across participating governments.