August 03, 2022
Data Bill left open for Māori input
The Minister for Data and Statistics is confident Māori are being sufficiently consulted about an overhaul of the way official data is collected and used.
The Digital Identity Services Trust Framework Bill is at the committee stage, and a new Data and Statistics Bill replacing the Statistics Act is set for first reading.
The Data Iwi Leaders Group has expressed concern over the way government collects Māori data, and it’s also warning the use of cloud-based rather than local storage could be an issue for Maori.
David Clark says the data bill isn’t set in stone, and Stats NZ is working closely with the Digital Iwi Leaders Group through its Mana Orite framework.
“I have committed that if I am in the position of being Minister of Statistics and certainly a Labour Government will revisit the Data and Statistics Bill once the governance work that has been done currently between that Digital Iwi Leaders Group and StatsNZ is complete because we think that is important work and should be taken into account,” he says.
Dr Clark says a Māori advisory group is being set up for the digital identity framework with the expectation is advice will be taken unless there’s a good reason not to.