He tāngata

Focus on improving New Zealanders' lives — individuals, children and young people, whānau, iwi, and communities.

The He Tāngata principle has a special role. It wraps around the Policy as a whole. It reminds us that everything we do with data should be with the following question in mind: “how does this contribute toward the wellbeing of the individual, or community?”.

Strive to create positive outcomes from any collection, sharing or use of data and information

  • Any collection, use or sharing of data and information must be for a reasonable and well-defined purpose.
  • There should be an easy to understand, tangible link between the purpose for which data or information is collected, used or shared, and the benefits for people. The benefit might be for certain individuals, whānau, a community or iwi, or it may be a public good.
  • Because actions and outcomes are not always clear cut, risks and potential negative outcomes should be assessed so it's clear how these balance against positive outcomes.

Use appropriate checks and balances and ensure that information is suitable and reasonably necessary for the intended outcome 

  • Data and information exist in many different forms. Some forms are more suitable and acceptable for certain purposes than others.
  • Some purposes need more oversight and checks than others to make sure they are well-defined and reasonable.
  • Only the minimum information needed to achieve the outcome should be collected, used or shared.