Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search

 


Making government information more accessible


Making government information more accessible


State Services Minister Trevor Mallard welcomed the announcement today that more local government services will be available on-line.

An agreement has been reached by Local Government New Zealand and the State Services Commission’s E-government Unit to support the government web portal www.govt.nz with local government information.

"This is a significant joint achievement which will benefit all New Zealanders. On-line government saves people time and is a popular, easy-to-use way of delivering services to New Zealanders.

"The government portal already includes information from central government agencies, crown research institutes and the details of every local authority. Now, internet users will be able to access more and more local and regional council information on everything from dog licences and rating information to the opening hours of their local library, all from one portal," Trevor Mallard said.

"The new agreement will extend the scope and range of the government portal, making it an even more valuable resource for accessing government services on-line. Currently, there are more than 120 council services listed on the portal.

"This agreement will ensure that information is updated automatically and new information is created when there are generic changes in the local government sector, such as new legislation,” Trevor Mallard said.

Chief Executive of Local Government New Zealand, Eugene Bowen agrees the portal will become an even more valuable resource.

"Councils are well aware of the benefits of wider access to information about their services. Many councils are working towards making sophisticated services like location-based (geospatial) and rating information available on-line. Others are increasingly looking towards the role of electronic submissions as part of their planning and consultation cycle,” Mr Bowen said.

"This agreement makes it clear that local and national government’s e-government efforts are collaborative and producing effective results for all New Zealanders," Mr Bowen said.

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Sector Opposes Bill: Local Government Bill Timeframe Extended

The Minister of Local Government Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga has asked the Select Committee to extend the report back date for the Local Government Act 2002 Amendment Bill (No 2). More>>

ALSO:

Breed Laws Don’t Work: Vets On New National Dog Control Plan

It is pleasing therefore to see Louise Upston Associate Minister for Local Government calling for a comprehensive solution... However, relying on breed specific laws to manage dog aggression will not work. More>>

ALSO:

Not Waiting On Select Committee: Green Party Releases Medically-Assisted Dying Policy

“Adults with a terminal illness should have the right to choose a medically assisted death,” Green Party health spokesperson Kevin Hague said. “The Green Party does not support extending assisted dying to people who aren't terminally ill because we can’t be confident that this won't further marginalise the lives of people with disabilities." More>>

ALSO:

General Election Review: Changes To Electoral Act Introduced

More effective systems in polling places and earlier counting of advanced votes are on their way through proposed changes to our electoral laws, Justice Minister Amy Adams says. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On Our Posturing At The UN

In New York, Key basically took an old May 2 Washington Post article written by Barack Obama, recycled it back to the Americans, and still scored headlines here at home… We’ve had a double serving of this kind of comfort food. More>>

ALSO:

Treaty Settlements: Bills Delayed As NZ First Pulls Support

Ngāruahine, Te Atiawa and Taranaki are reeling today as they learnt that the third and final readings of each Iwi’s Historical Treaty Settlement Bills scheduled for this Friday, have been put in jeopardy by the actions of NZ First. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Damage De-Regulation Is Doing To Fisheries And Education, Plus Kate Tempest

Our faith in the benign workings of the market – and of the light-handed regulation that goes with it – has had a body count. Back in 1992, the free market friendly Health Safety and Employment Act gutted the labour inspectorate and turned forestry, mining and other workplace sites into death traps, long before the Pike River disaster. More>>

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news