www.govt.nz

July 30th, 2014 at 4:00 pm by David Farrar

Attended the launch of the revamped Government portal, www.govt.nz, last night. With a goal of having 70% of transactions with the Government done online, it is important to be able to easily find out where to do them.

The site is clean and simple. Sensible categories, and information. I tried searching on various terms such as “pay tax” and “Milford Track and it came up with the page I wanted. The only term it didn’t cover was “tenders”.

So overall seems to be a successful revamp, that will be a good gateway for residents and organisations to use to find out where most Government information is online.

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9 Responses to “www.govt.nz”

  1. anticorruptionnz (215 comments) says:

    Duh what are your rights why a silent video of sign language ? Deaf people can read !
    https://www.govt.nz/browse/crime-law-and-justice/legal-rights/basic-rights-and-freedoms/

    Would be good if they had sound then blind people could know what their rights are too.

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  2. RRM (9,924 comments) says:

    Cool – it is only a country of 4 million people, plenty of big companies worldwide must be bigger than the NZ govt and have websites looking after more users than that?

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  3. thor42 (971 comments) says:

    I think it’s a good and promising start.

    I think *local* government (councils) could do with a lot more transparency too. I went across to the local government website and was very underwhelmed.
    Lots of waffle and information about workshops and so on. Not a lot of useful information and data.

    So, being a helpful type, I suggested that they add a summary table that had this kind of information for every council in NZ –

    * Number of staff of council (fulltime, part-time and contractors).
    * Number of ratepayers in council area.
    * Annual rates income of council.
    * Annual salary cost of council.
    * Salary cost as percentage of rates income.
    * Annual expenditure of council.
    * Current debt/surplus of council.
    * Debt/surplus per ratepayer.

    Having this info there (for every council) would allow some interesting comparisons between councils.

    If there is one area of government that *desperately* needs a heap of transparency, it is local government.

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  4. gump (1,649 comments) says:

    Tenders are handled through an entirely separate system called GETS.

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  5. mudrunner (91 comments) says:

    Gump,
    So why not link to GETS?

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  6. Chris2 (766 comments) says:

    Shame they did not not use the opportunity to drop the “t” from govt, to bring them into line with every other Government website in the world.

    Every other country uses “gov”, except New Zealand.

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  7. pejhay (29 comments) says:

    As of the last couple of days GETS has been migrated to another platfrom at MBIE, it has been an epic fail, with all of the pre-release instructions to subscribers not working, and no one receiving the daily updates that we used to get. duh

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  8. SHG (316 comments) says:

    “Designed by a programmer”

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  9. David Farrar (1,895 comments) says:

    Yes the new GETS seems awful. It no longer allows me to just get tenders for market research but forces me to get them for like all business services. Its a worse upgrade than Facebook does!

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