Democracy Articles

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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New Zealand’s Open Government Partnership

17 February 2020

New Zealand is developing it’s fourth Open Government Partnership National Action Plan.

Here is an update about planned events and a suggestion for areas where transformative initiatives are called for.

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Money in Politics

23 January 2020

This year, Transparency International analysed the relationship between politics, money and corruption, including the impact of campaign finance regulations and how money influences political power and elections.

Keeping big money out of politics is essential to ensure political decision-making serves the public interest and curbs opportunities for corrupt deals. Transparency International’s research highlights the relationship between politics, money and corruption. Unregulated flows of big money in politics also make public policy vulnerable to undue influence.

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Mayoral Forum: Leadership qualities revealed

30 September 2019

Julie Haggie

Claims of personal willingness and proven capabilities to deliver greater transparency and citizen participation if elected, went well beyond what the law requires. Such claims were made by six Wellington mayoral candidates during the Who deserves your vote? mayoral candidates’ meeting on 26 September.

The pressure for more openness, created by many years’ work by civil society groups, was evident.

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Local Elections Questions

24 September 2019

The response to Transparency International New Zealand (TINZ)’s local candidate questions has been solid.

TINZ designed six sets of questions to be used by voters when talking with a candidate standing for local body election. We sent these to a large number of the candidates around New Zealand. 

Many candidates indicated they appreciated the unique approach and acknowledged the call for integrity and transparency from our elected officials.

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Elections 2019 – raising questions on integrity

9 September 2019

Transparency International New Zealand (TINZ) contributes to local government democracy by promoting integrity and civic literacy. More than 1000 local body candidates will receive its ‘Questions on Integrity’ this week.

These questions are on topics around ethics, accountability, transparency and community representation.

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“She’ll be right” will not protect New Zealand’s democracy

1 September 2019

The survival of New Zealand’s democracy faces unprecedented threats over the next thirty years. A kiwi characteristic that could severely impede our capacity to respond, is the complacency of “she’ll be right”.

Actually, it won’t be! Democracies need to be nurtured and supported – or risk having them turn into something else. There are four critical steps to shore up our democracy and sustain it.

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“She’ll be right” will not protect New Zealand’s democracy

1 September 2019

The survival of New Zealand’s democracy faces unprecedented threats over the next thirty years. A kiwi characteristic that could severely impede our capacity to respond, is the complacency of “she’ll be right”. Actually, it won’t be! Democracies need to be nurtured and supported – or risk having them turn into something else. There are four critical steps to shore up our democracy and sustain it.

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Local Body Elections: Questions for Candidates

28 August 2019

Get to know your candidates!  To help, Transparency International New Zealand has designed five sets of questions that can be used when talking with a local body candidate.

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