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Áine Kelly-Costello with her Flute
Áine is a University of Auckland student in her final year of a conjoint degree majoring in English, Spanish and Classical Flute Performance. She enjoys jam sessions and quality catch-ups.
She campaigns actively to urge the University to divest its money from the fossil fuel industry. She is a member of Blind Citizens New Zealand. Last semester Áine was an intern with TINZ.
by Áine Kelly-Costello
In New Zealand we want to establish the most useful mechanisms to ensure agencies proactively publish as much information as is feasible. This is to satisfy public demand for transparency and increase public trust of authority.
There appears to be a broad consensus on this logic from various interested parties, such as:
When considering how to increase proactive disclosure in our country, it is sensible to consider which steps have already been taken by other countries and what we can learn from them.
I have researched Spain's Transparency Act; reviewed the Act's broad scope and the key areas covered within it. My report, Proactive Disclosure in New Zealand - What New Zealand can learn from the introduction of proactive disclosure in Spain, analyses what New Zealand can learn from Spain, and establishes key recommendations concerning the introduction of legislation and other forms of regulation in New Zealand.
Three key recommendations for introducing proactive disclosure legislation in New Zealand emerge as a direct result of examining the Spanish Act.
New Zealand has a long way to go before we might realistically see well-thought-through legislation being passed in Parliament. In the shorter term, the following steps reflect more manageable aims:
1. Law Commission, 'Review of Official Information Act Legislation' (2012) at 252. See: http://www.lawcom.govt.nz/sites/default/files/projectAvailableFormats/NZLC%20R125.pdf
2. Office of the Ombudsman, 'Not a Game of Hide and Seek', Report of Chief Ombudsman Dame Beverley Wakem DNZM, CBE (December 2015), at 7 and 84. See: http://www.ombudsman.parliament.nz/ckeditor_assets/attachments/401/oia_report_not_a_game_of_hide_and_seek.pdf?1449533878