Democracy Articles

Elections 2019 Questions to ask candidates

9 August 2019

Julie Haggie

Transparency International New Zealand (TINZ) has designed sets of questions that can be used when talking with a local body candidate.

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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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Corrupt Elections in the Solomons

3 June 2019

The following information was posted to Facebook by Transparency International PNG on 21st May 2019.


Loss of control

“The number of election petitions raised against the 27 winning candidates confirms that Chief Electoral Officer, the Solomon Islands Electoral Commission (SIEC) lost control of the 2019 National General Election”,

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TINZ Presents Justice Committee to Inquiry into Elections

30 May 2019

Inquiry into the 2017 General Election and 2016 Local Elections – Hearing of evidence (23 May 2019). Read more…

Inquiry into the 2017 General Election and the 2016 Local Elections

7 May 2019


Justice Select Committee Inquiry into the 2017 General Election and the 2016 Local Elections.

Comments from Transparency International New Zealand.

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School leavers’ toolkit: Practical skills for life

14 December 2018

John Hall

It is gratifying to see the Ministry of Education make serious steps towards addressing the damaging socio-economic inequities in civic literacy within New Zealand. The resulting, recently released School Leavers’ Toolkit, is a significant resource to guide our secondary school students for the next phase of their lives.

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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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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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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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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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