Democracy Articles

Groupthink webinar: Are we collectively ruining democracy?

18 August 2020

The July 2020 Groupthink webinar focussed on democracy under threat, as reflected in social media. Sanjana Hattotuwa spoke about weaponising social media while Josie Pagani focussed on New Zealand’s population dynamics. Kim Connolly-Stone was MC for this most insightful session. 

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Candidates’ Panel: Business and political integrity during COVID-19 recovery

10 August 2020

Join Transparency International New Zealand, the Victoria University Brian Picot Chair of Ethical Leadership and 2020 Election Candidates from across Wellington on Tuesday 6 October (rescheduled from 25 August), as they share their insights and perspectives on business and political integrity during our recovery from the COVID-19 crisis.

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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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