Government Articles

New Zealand’s GOPAC to have input into Parliamentary ‘code’

24 September 2019

Transparency International New Zealand (TINZ) has been an advisor to the New Zealand branch of GOPACGOPAC is an international network of parliamentarians dedicated to good governance and combating corruption throughout the world.  

New Zealand’s GOPAC favours a principles-based Parliamentary code of ethics to cover all the people working in Parliament. The adoption of such a code by the New Zealand Parliament would be world leading.

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Wellbeing budget aspirations require transparency and accountability

3 June 2019

On 30 May 2019, Finance Minister, Grant Robertson, introduced a “world-first” Wellbeing Budget. The Minister answered questions about the 2019 budget at a lock-up held to provide context and background information to journalists ahead of the Budget. There are several budget documents including 10 volumes of estimates covering specific department appropriations.   TINZ was represented by Suzanne Snively and David Dunsheath at the event.

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Personal email and encrypted messaging: hole in public records laws

5 April 2019

A recent email from Alexander B. Howard at E Pluribus Unum regarding email and messaging privacy caught our attention. His points are edited here for relevance to TINZ and our audience.

Howard noted that continued use of personal email and encrypted messaging for official correspondence exposes an accountability hole in United States public records laws.

Recently the Chairman of the U.S.

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Parliamentarian diary publication strengthens transparency

7 August 2018

Recently Green party ministers released meeting logs for their official activities carried out within the last three months. This is an important step in strengthening the transparency of New Zealand’s political process.

Transparency International New Zealand (TINZ) released a supporting media release on 24 July encouraging all parliamentarians to follow the Green’s lead and release their diaries.

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Parliamentarian diary publication strengthens transparency

24 July 2018

Transparency International New Zealand (TINZ) is encouraged by the public release of parliamentarian diaries. Today Green party ministers released meeting logs for their official activities within the last three months. This is an important step in strengthening the transparency of New Zealand’s political process.

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Environmental management requires transparency and accountability

3 May 2018

by Murray Petrie

Senior Research Associate

Institute of Governance and Policy Studies

Victoria University of Wellington

There is widespread evidence of the deteriorating quality of NZ’s natural environment. Many factors contribute to this, but one that has received surprisingly little attention is the lack of government transparency and accountability for environmental management.

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Hon James Shaw presentation: Green, Greener, Greenest

12 March 2018

Josephine Serrallach

Hon James Shaw, Minister of Climate Change, will share his in-depth knowledge of climate change and the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at a presentation at Victoria University’s Pipitea Campus. He will discuss how transparency about climate change and emissions reporting will lead to a better future. 

SOLD OUT – Register below for wait list

Date:  Wednesday 21 March 2018  6.00pm –

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Hon Clare Curran talks about transparency

20 December 2017

Transparency International New Zealand’s (TINZ) mission intersects in many places with Hon Clare Curran. Her portfolios with the new Government include Minister of Broadcasting, Communications, and Digital Media and Minister for Government Digital Services. In addition, Curran was also allocated the associate portfolios for the Accident Compensation Corporation and the State Services Commission.

In a presentation at the December TINZ board meeting and a previous radio interview with TINZ Director Mark Sainsbury,

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DG NZSIS Rebecca Kitteridge guest speaker

Letting in the Light – Increasing Transparency in the New Zealand Intelligence Community

7 November 2017

Rebecca Kitteridge

Director-General of Security

New Zealand Security Intelligence Service

Rebecca Kitteridge’s presentation focussed on the increased openness and transparency of the New Zealand Intelligence Community (NZIC) – in the work that they do and how they do it.

Rebecca spoke about the values of open government, democracy and integrity in decision making,

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GOPAC reconstituted

25 May 2016

New Zealand GOPAC 25 May 2016

The New Zealand branch of The Global Organization of Parliamentarians Against Corruption (GOPAC) was formally reconstituted on 25 May 2016. Chaired by Claire Curran (Lab), with David Bennett (Nat) and Kennedy Graham (Green) as Deputy Chairs with a NZ First member and around ten members from most parties.

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