Democracy Articles

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.


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

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Elections in Fiji

24 September 2014

Elections in Fiji

Frank Bainimarama of Fiji

The news of Fiji’s election during the third weekend of September 2014, has been met with much interest in other parts of the Pacific.  New Zealand’s Transparency International Chapter has close links with a kindred group in Suva.

In the more than 90 months that Fiji has been ruled by the military,

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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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