Democracy Articles

Groupthink: Are we collectively ruining democracy?

7 July 2020

Polarisation of belief is on the increase, driving people towards more fixed or extreme views. What are the causes and how do we challenge this?

Our 29 July webinar is an opportunity to hear views on how groupthink is affecting our democratic society, and about positive alternatives.

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Questions of integrity for political candidates

6 July 2020

This year TINZ offers voters a set of open-ended questions to ask candidates in the run-up to New Zealand’s central government election on 19 September. They are about fighting corruption, integrity, accountability and transparency.

These questions complement more detailed questions we have put to the main political parties.

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TINZ signs international declaration on risks to open government

7 May 2020

Along with many other civil society organisations Transparency International New Zealand has added its name to an international declaration on COVID-19 and its risks to open government.

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The Citizen’s Handbook: Satire encourages citizenship

7 May 2020

David Dunsheath

Satire has been very successfully deployed to teach Kiwis how to be good citizens. Using thorough research and sharp comedy, The Citizen’s Handbook empowers its audience with the knowledge of how this country came to be, how it currently works, and how we can face the challenges that lie ahead.

This ten-part comedy video and podcast civics series, cleverly intertwines humour, irony, exaggeration and ridicule for greater appeal and understanding to a wide audience.

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Protect the voices we are losing during times of crisis.

9 April 2020

As we focus on protecting everyone’s health and well-being from this unprecedented global virus, we are made acutely aware of life and death and the ways in which we manage the transition from one to the other.

…consider the voices we are losing, the stories that make up our collective memory and how we might “protect, record and cherish them, while we still have a chance.”

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Open Government: Persistent concerns must be addressed

9 April 2020

Keitha Booth

New Zealand needs to address long-standing open government engagement and content issues in its next Open Government Partnership National Action Plan. The government and the public need to work together to resolve these issues so that more New Zealanders participate in New Zealand’s democracy.

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The Citizen’s Handbook satirical series

9 April 2020

A new RNZ podcast and video series The Citizen’s Handbook will be launched at 7pm Thursday 16 April … a treat in store for your bubble during your lockdown!

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Inquiry into the 2019 Local Elections and Liquor Licensing Trust Elections, and Recent Energy Trust Elections

29 February 2020

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Transparency International New Zealand submission to the inquiry

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Political party funding in New Zealand

17 February 2020

Guest author Tim Barnett discusses the complex issues and practical challenges of political party funding in New Zealand. He offers a couple of examples where these issues are being addressed in other ways that are worth considering for New Zealand.

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Transparency in coming general election

17 February 2020

A review of recent Transparency International New Zealand (TINZ) activity around elections offers a broad-brush look at our initial plans for the 2020 electoral cycle.

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