The Award for Best Government Website went to www.govt.nz at the 2003 NetGuide Awards in Auckland on November 14. New Zealand's State Service Commission�s E-government Unit develops the portal and has authored a RSS standard for press releases and event-related content published by government agencies.
A Standard for the Publication of Government News Summaries (HTML, PDF) by Ferry Hendrikx calls for the use of the RDF Site Summary 1.0 (RSS) specification and NZGLS metadata, a standard closely resembling Dublin Core. The document explains to government agencies how to construct RSS feeds.
The portal collectes and aggregates news from agency feeds and provide an archives of stories. A syndication service to allow government agencies and others to subscribe to aggregated news feeds is currently under development.
According to the official announcement, the portal now has some 5,500 local and central government services and information resources listed. It receives some two million hits a week making it one of the most visited sites in New Zealand.
Those monitoring U.S. eGovernment progress and news should take a look at Multimedia Victoria, the Victorian Government's Repository of eGovernment Resources. Of particular note is its archives of State Government websites and egovernment reports. To find such a great resource down under doesn't surprise me knowing how advanced the governments of Australia, New Zealand, and Tasmania are in global information architecture.