TINZ 2014 Annual General Meeting

On Thursday, 20 November Transparency International New Zealand held it’s 2014 Annual General Meeting a Bowen House in Wellington.

During the business portion of the meeting, members were updated about the activities of the organization, its financial condition, and participated in the election of two new board members.

The meeting concluded with a lively panel discussion of ‘GOPAC’s Year Ahead.’ which was both entertaining and informative. Formatted as a “Speed Seminar” and conducted under Chatham House rules, the panel was moderated by TINZ Patron Sir Anand Satyanand. Participating were:

Chris Hipkins Sir Anand Satyanand James Shaw Brett Hudson

Chris Hipkins, Sir Anand Satyanand, James Shaw, and Brett Hudson

  • Chris Hipkins. Labour Party Spokesman, Education
  • James Shaw, Green Party List MP
  • Brett Hudson, National Party List MP

Some key points raised included:

  • New Zealand has a very robust and transparent system of government, but there are worrying signals and we need to be ever vigilant.
  • The spirit and intent of the Official Information Act is being undermined through wilful misinterpretation.
  • The OIA can and should be strengthened, particularly around the requirement to process requests as soon as possible.
  • The Office of the Ombudsman is struggling to keep up with demand and investigate all complaints and that needs to be addressed.
  • The resourcing of opposition MPs has also been constrained at a time when resources to government ministers have increased, creating an uneven playing field.
  • The advent of “dirty politics” reinforces the need for all in government to act with honesty, integrity and respect for the institutions of government.
TINZ 2014 Attendees

TINZ 2014 Annual General Meeting

TINZ 2014 Audience

TINZ 2014 Annual General Meeting