“Hawke’s Bay’s provincial perspective – with its diversity and historic significance, and difference from the major urban centres – along with the creativity of the local community, provides a unique input into open data and the GovHack NZ community.”
– GovHack Hawke’s Bay
In the fourth part of our series taking a closer look at GovHack NZ locations this year, we turn to Hawke’s Bay.
This will be the region’s first year holding a GovHack, and we are all understandably excited! The event’s also taking a different form from our other locations – rather than being centred around a particular town or city, it’s being being organised on behalf of the 5 local councils:
- Central Hawke’s Bay District Council
- Hastings District Council
- Hawke’s Bay Regional Council
- Napier City Council
- Wairoa District Council.
Explains Ian Tidy, organiser of the Hawke’s Bay event and GIS developer and analyst for Napier City Council: “To date the 5 local councils release very little data as open data. They are using this event to gauge what open data the community want, and this will feed into their policies and decision making processes about open data.”
Of course, it’s not just about councils. Tidy went on to say, “GovHack NZ provides the Hawke’s Bay communities an opportunity to participate in a national event, and local communities the opportunity to influence how the local councils work together in providing open data.”
A great example of how getting the civil and public sectors to build together is a win-win situation for everyone!
This year, GovHack 2016 will be taking place in Hawke’s Bay:
- 29-31 July
- EIT Hawke’s Bay Campus
- 501 Gloucester Street
- Taradale, 4112.
But there’s more! The Friday night will a celebration of this inaugural event for the Hawke’s Bay, and is being held in the Gatsby Room at the iconic art deco Masonic Hotel in Napier. “This will provide a social atmosphere for teams to share ideas and plan their weekend”, says Tidy.
And why is Tidy himself so keen on GovHack NZ?
“I’m excited about seeing how open data can be used both at national and local levels. There are so many possibilities with open data and how it can be used, not just for applications and web sites.
“I am thrilled by the ideas around the stories that can be told with open data and how the data can be visualised.”