Democracy Articles

Democracy facing global challenges

3 June 2019

V-Dem 2019 democracy report released

In May the Varieties of Democracy (V-Dem) project released its latest report “Democracy Facing Global Challenges” – V-Dem Annual Democracy Report 2019. The report highlights that democratic declines now affect more countries than ever before. Most democracies remain resilient despite challenges such as the financial crises and the rampant spread of fake news on social media.

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Civics education needs consensus

14 December 2018

John Hall

John Hall

TINZ Director

Civics & Human Rights

Transparency International New Zealand (TINZ) recently commented on the National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA) Review conducted as part of the national Education Conversation | Korero Matauranga.  TINZ advocated an important attribute of any transparent and accountable society is that its citizens have the literacy to actively participate in routine social and democratic activities. 

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Voter turnout and E-voting trials

14 December 2018

Karen Webster

By Dr Karen Webster
TINZ Member with delegated authority responsible for local government
The voter turnout challenge

Voter turnout in New Zealand’s local government elections has been declining nationally since 1992. This followed a peak of 52.8% at the 1989 introduction of postal voting. Turnout reached a low of 42% in 2013 and then stabilised at 43% in 2016.

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New Public Service Act: Have your say

7 September 2018

Hon Chris Hipkins, Minister of State Services, announced a substantial review of the State Sector Act (1998), at the Beehive on Tuesday. All New Zealanders, including public servants, are encouraged to provide feedback on the State Sector Act reform proposals. 

This review aims to determine better ways for government agencies and the Public Service as a whole, to work together more flexibly and effectively,

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TINZ submission to National Archival and Library Institutions Ministerial Group

7 September 2018

David Dunsheath

David Dunsheath

TINZ Member with Delegated Authority for Open Government Partnership

Transparency Times Newsletter Co-editor

Transparency International New Zealand (TINZ) supports the claim that all people of Aotearoa have the right of access to knowledge about our nation. They have the right to do so with confidence that it is accurate and unbiased.

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Political party survey responses add value

1 October 2017

David Dunsheath

TINZ Board Member

Delegated authority for Parliamentary Relations and Newsletter Co-Editor

TINZ sought responses to six key questions from the ten multi-issue political parties standing for election on 23 September about their policies to address corruption. These questions spanned issues of transparency, access to information, anti-corruption and protection for whistleblowers.

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Pre-election Economic and Fiscal Update

14 September 2017

David Dunsheath

TINZ Board Member

Delegated authority for Parliamentary Relations and Co-Editor Newsletter

 

When the National Party came into power in the 1990 election, it was confronted with a much worse fiscal and economic position than the out-going Government had disclosed. The forecast budget surplus was quickly revised to a large budget deficit.

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Transparency Questionnaire 2017 General Election: Party Responses

13 September 2017

Transparency International New Zealand (TINZ) posed six key questions to each political party on issues of transparency, anti-corruption and protection for whistleblowers.

We asked each party to respond (in 50 words or less) to each of our six questions – on the basis that we would publish their responses verbatim. Accordingly, the parties’ responses compiled in the table below are “all their own words”.

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Mayoral election events

12 September 2016

As part of the 2016 Local Government Elections TINZ hosted a series of mayoral candidate discussions. These discussions provided the candidates with the opportunity to discuss subjects including managing diversity, preventing corruption and progressing economic development strategies to harvest the benefits of New Zealand's international reputation for integrity.

Wellington

On August 18, around 150 Wellington TINZ members and friends gathered to listen to six of their eight mayoral candidates'

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Following the Election

19 September 2014

What Happens Following the Election

This is the first time since 1908 that a third term government has increased its majority in Parliament. In both cases, it meant that the governing party could govern on its own.  In 2014, with the existence of MMP, however, the governing party may also choose to align itself with some of the other parties running for office. 

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