Transparency International New Zealand (TINZ) has designed six sets of questions that can be used when talking with a candidate standing for local body elections.
These days it is hard to work out where people stand on issues, or how well they will represent your needs and views. Our questions are focused around personal motivation, integrity, transparency and accountability, including encouraging broader community participation in decision-making.
A key objective of these questions is to emphasise the accountability of leaders to be transparent about their policies and political agendas.
Voting this year opens on 16 September and closes on 8 October. Questions are applicable to all positions. Read on or download them now.
TINZ is non-partisan. It is up to the public and individual citizens to form their own view on responses, and to take the initiative to ask candidates about their views and knowledge. Candidates should have contact information on the voting form or on the Council or local authority website.