Govt with­holds progress re­port

Ap­pen­dix sur­gi­cally re­moved from pa­pers be­cause as­pects of pol­icy not signed off

The New Zealand Herald - - News - Lucy Ben­nett

Ppol­i­tics rime Min­is­ter Jacinda Ardern has out­lined the 12 pri­or­ity ar­eas for the Gov­ern­ment to fo­cus on but how they are track­ing to date re­mains a mys­tery.

Among a tranche of doc­u­ments proac­tively re­leased by the Prime Min­is­ter’s of­fice yes­ter­day, along with her speech notes and a press re­lease on the Gov­ern­ment’s blue­print for its pri­or­i­ties, were two Cab­i­net pa­pers.

One, ti­tled Im­ple­ment­ing and Mon­i­tor­ing the Gov­ern­ment’s Pri­or­i­ties, refers to Ap­pen­dix A of the doc­u­ment con­tain­ing the cur­rent work programme, in­clud­ing pri­or­ity port­fo­lio ini­tia­tives and in­di­ca­tors for mea­sur­ing, re­port­ing on and demon­strat­ing progress. It also sets out the Gov­ern­ment’s achieve­ments to date.

“By track­ing and reg­u­larly

By track­ing and reg­u­larly as­sess­ing progress against the over­all ob­jec­tives we set our­selves, we will be able to iden­tify the poli­cies that are suc­ceed­ing.

Cab­i­net pa­per as­sess­ing progress against the over­all ob­jec­tives we set our­selves, we will be able to iden­tify the poli­cies that are suc­ceed­ing, change those that are not work­ing, align our re­sources with pri­or­i­ties, and get the re­sults we re­ally want for New Zealan­ders,” the pa­per says.

Ardern, in her speech, said the pub­lic would be able to track how its pri­or­i­ties were pro­gress­ing, and the Cab­i­net pa­per says it will have a “trans­par­ent ap­proach that al­lows New Zealan­ders to see what we are do­ing to have a real and mean­ing­ful im­pact on the things that mat­ter to them”.

Ardern pro­posed in the pa­per to reg­u­larly pub­lish progress up­dates set­ting out what had been achieved, what had changed in key work pro­grammes and why.

“I there­fore seek the com­mit­tee’s agree­ment to re­lease a ver­sion of the ta­ble at Ap­pen­dix A that sets out the Gov­ern­ment’s achieve­ments to date,” she said in the pa­per, dated Au­gust 2018.

Cab­i­net au­tho­rised her to re­lease the ta­ble, but it was miss­ing from the re­leased doc­u­ments. A spokesper­son for Ardern said it was with­held be­cause it con­tained de­tails of pol­icy not yet signed off by Cab­i­net. A ver­sion of it would be made avail­able to me­dia in “due course”.

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Han­nah Ramoso, 28, came to New Zealand to pur­sue her dreams but has died af­ter be­ing hit by a car.

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