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 digital.govt.nz.

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
markets
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
infrastructure.
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.