Human Rights Articles

Brain Food Integrity Forums

29 October 2019

TINZ’s two ‘Brain Food Integrity’ seminars in October were well attended, informative and thought provoking.

Where in the World are we? discussed our geographic position in the world, how we have succeeded in using that to our advantage in trade, and the risk of international protectionist policies.

Hate Speech, Free Speech. While it is possible to clearly define hate speech, preventing it through the legal system has proven unworkable. Non-censorious government responses, civic education and sophisticated counter speech including ridicule, are effective antidotes to hate speech.

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Measuring Human Rights in New Zealand

9 August 2019


Thalia Kehoe Rowden

13:50 (2 hours ago)


to David

Kia ora David,

Thanks, that’s very helpful.

I’ll work on this and get it back to you shortly.

In the meantime, you may be reassured by some of the information in the attached document that we’ve recently prepared for organisations wanting to use our data.

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Happy International Women’s Day

14 March 2019

The International Anti-Corruption Conference (IACC)  celebrated the success and achievement of all the great female activists in the world. This occurred on International Women’s Day, 8 March.

They were thanked for their commitment and effort they put into the fight against corruption. The IACC shared a series of video interviews to provide perspectives on corruption from three female leaders.

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Inequality intricately linked with corruption

30 January 2019

Joanna Spratt

Advocacy and Campaigns Director

Oxfam New Zealand

Our global economy is delivering an ever-increasing, inequitable distribution of wealth amongst humanity.  

  • A major contributor to inequality is ‘grand corruption’
  • Corruption, such as bribery, hurts the poorest the most.

Public good or private wealth? Read more…

Human Rights: Measuring what matters!

14 December 2018

Thalia Kehoe Rowden

Communications Lead, Human Rights Measurement Initiative

Motu Economic and Public Policy Research

How good is Guatemala or Greenland at respecting human rights? Who are the best performers in the world, and the worst? What are New Zealand’s or Nigeria’s main human rights challenges? Where should activists, investors and ambassadors target their influence?

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Modern Slavery – Part 3

31 May 2018

Tod Cooper

by Tod Cooper

TINZ Member with Delegated Authority for

Procurement, Whistleblowing

Third in a series of articles to build awareness on modern slavery, particularly in New Zealand.

In the previous issue of the Transparency Times, I noted that New Zealand sectors including construction, dairy, fishing, horticulture, hospitality, international education and sex work are at risk from Modern Slavery (see Modern Slavery part 1 and Modern Slavery part 2)

New Zealand examples of Modern Slavery and exploitation


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Modern Slavery – Part 2

30 April 2018

by Tod Cooper

TINZ Member with Delegated Authority for

Procurement, Whistleblowing

This is the second in a series of articles to build awareness on modern slavery, particularly in New Zealand. Part 1 is here.

Our politicians and law makers need to accelerate the introduction of a Modern Slavery Act to establish clearer compliance expectations,

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Modern Slavery

4 April 2018

by Tod Cooper

Member with delegated authority for

Procurement, Whistleblowing

Editor’s Note: This is the first in a series of articles on how we can address modern slavery, in particular in our supply chain, both individually and within organisations. The term relates to exploitation of people, in particular throughout supply chains that provide us with the products and services (imported and local) we benefit from. 

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Press Release Jeremy Pope

2 September 2012


Press Release: TI-NZ mourns the passing of Jeremy Pope, New Zealand humanist, author, co-founder of Transparency International and Human Rights Commissioner

Jeremy Pope , ONZM (1938-2012) was the co-founder of Transparency International in 1993 which has since grown to have over 90 Chapters. He founded Tiri in 2003. Tiri is a Maori word which means lifting the taboos for the protection of society.

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