Draft Legislation 65% open

New Zealand

What data is expected?

Data about the bills discussed within national parliament as well as votings on bills (not to mix with passed national law). Data on bills must be available for the current legislation period. Open data on the law-making process is crucial for parliamentary transparency: What does a bill text say and how does it change over time? Who introduces a bill? Who votes for and against it? Where is a bill discussed next, so the public can participate in debates? This data category draws on work by the National Democratic Institute (NDI) and the Declaration of Parliamentary Openness.

  • Content of bill
  • Author of bill
  • Votes on bill per member of parliament
  • Transcripts of debates on bill
  • Status of bill

How open is the data?

All answers

Question Answer Comment
Openly licenced Yes This data is in the public domain. As it does not have copyright, it does not require an open licence. See Section 27 of the Copyright Act 1994.
In an open and machine-readable format HTML The New Zealand Legislation website is designed to comply with the New Zealand Government Web Accessibility and Usability Standards, allowing the content to be usable by all, irrespective of physical or technological impediments. Some items of legislation are large, particularly the View whole or PDF versions, and may be slow to download. The final form and content of legislation is a matter for Parliament or, in the case of Legislative Instruments, the person or body responsible for making the Legislative Instruments. There are therefore some instances where the Parliamentary Counsel Office is unable to publish legislation (including Bills and Supplementary Order Papers) in a form that fully complies with the Standards. Alternative text (or alt text) for images, and table summaries are added routinely to legislation when it is first published, or when it is reprinted. However, this information may not be provided for legislation that was published or most recently reprinted before 11 April 2015. Alt text is a brief summary provided for graphics within HTML documents. Table summaries describe the structure of a table. Both are intended for screen reading technology and are invisible to the general website user. Neither form part of the legislation, they have no legal effect, and are provided for information only. If you come across any accessibility issues, please Contact us.
Downloadable at once No Bills and Supplementary Order Papers Bills and Supplementary Order Papers published after 1 January 2008 are available through this website. See Search tips for finding Bills that are no longer current (enacted and terminated Bills). See also Where else is legislation available from? In particular, earlier Bills are available from the New Zealand Historical Bills 1854–2008 Collection
Up-to-date Yes See http://www.legislation.govt.nz/howitworks.aspx#uptodate "We aim to make legislation available on this website according to the following timeframes (or earlier where possible): new Acts: within five working days of Royal assent new Legislative Instruments: the day after the date they are notified in the Gazette Bills: new Bills introduced into the House: the day after introduction subsequent versions: the day after the printed version is made available to the House Supplementary Order Papers: the day after they have been circulated to Members of Parliament."
Publicly available Yes
Available free of charge Yes
findable 4
findable_steps I entered the search "NZ bills" into Google and the top result took me to the NZ Parliament webpage which gives details of all bill before the Parllament, which Minister or Member of Parliament introduced each, and its stage in the legislative process. This linked me to the full text of the bill on the legislation.govt.nz site
licence_url http://www.legislation.govt.nz/act/public/1994/0143/lat
Collected by government Yes
usability 3
collector_name Parliamentary Counsel Office
characteristics Content of bill, Author of bill, Transcripts of debates on bill, Status of bill The votes on the bill per parliamentary party are listed in NZ Parliamentary Debates (Hansard) and in the weekly Journal of the House of Representatives. Votes per member are only recorded in the debates if there is agreement that members are voting on a conscience vote.
location https://www.parliament.nz/en/pb/bills-and-laws/bills-pr - NZ Parliament online page for proposed bills, http://www.legislation.govt.nz/bill/results.aspx?search - Parliamentary Counsel office, mostly laws however some bills data is available The NZ Parliament page links to the site where the bill has been drafted (legislation.govt.nz), a transcript of the debate and voting by party (Hansard).

The submission fulfill all data characteristics, except for votes on drafts. The submitter states that : "votes on the bill per parliamentary party are listed in NZ Parliamentary Debates (Hansard) and in the weekly Journal of the House of Representatives. Votes per member are only recorded in the debates if there is agreement that members are voting on a conscience vote." The name, author, status and transcripts (available in video) are available on the Parliament's website, while the PDF text of the bill is available to view and download on the Legislation site. In terms of the format, the submitter offers this rationale: " The New Zealand Legislation website is designed to comply with the New Zealand Government Web Accessibility and Usability Standards, allowing the content to be usable by all, irrespective of physical or technological impediments. Some items of legislation are large, particularly the View whole or PDF versions, and may be slow to download. The final form and content of legislation is a matter for Parliament or, in the case of Legislative Instruments, the person or body responsible for making the Legislative Instruments. There are therefore some instances where the Parliamentary Counsel Office is unable to publish legislation (including Bills and Supplementary Order Papers) in a form that fully complies with the Standards. Alternative text (or alt text) for images, and table summaries are added routinely to legislation when it is first published, or when it is reprinted. However, this information may not be provided for legislation that was published or most recently reprinted before 11 April 2015. Alt text is a brief summary provided for graphics within HTML documents. Table summaries describe the structure of a table. Both are intended for screen reading technology and are invisible to the general website user. Neither form part of the legislation, they have no legal effect, and are provided for information only. If you come across any accessibility issues, please Contact us.

Meta data

Data location   https://www.parliament.nz/en/pb/bills-and-laws/bills-pr - NZ Parliament online page for proposed bills
   http://www.legislation.govt.nz/bill/results.aspx?search - Parliamentary Counsel office, mostly laws however some bills data is available
Data licence   http://www.legislation.govt.nz/act/public/1994/0143/lat
Data format   HTML
Reviewer   Alyssa Beaton
Submitters   Keitha Booth
Last modified   Tue Jan 24 2017 04:10:01 GMT+0000 (UTC)