Open Data Articles

Urgent advice to Parliament: Increase procurement transparency

16 November 2020

Laurence Millar

Transparency International New Zealand has three areas of major concern about New Zealand government procurement: poor quality of data on the Government Electronic Tendering System (GETS),  poor and incomplete publication of emergency procurements undertaken during the COVID-19 pandemic, and lack of secondary procurement data.

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Advocacy Success: HRC to sign WHO joint statement on public disclosure of results from clinical trials

3 August 2020

Our Parliament has exhibited an admirable tone from the top during the COVID-19 crisis. A strong Parliamentary code of conduct goes a long way to ensuring they do as well during the next crisis

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The Parliamentary Code of Conduct is a first step, much more needed

30 July 2020

Our Parliament has exhibited an admirable tone from the top during the COVID-19 crisis. A strong Parliamentary code of conduct goes a long way to ensuring they do as well during the next crisis

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New Zealand Community Archives

1 June 2020

The Archive and Record Association of New Zealand is determined to prove a positive way forward for all parties to reinvigorate the archive and records network.

This is essential for documenting the activities and philosophies of New Zealand past, present and future. 

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Secondary Legislation changes – Will it deliver?

7 May 2020

Throughout the COVID-19 lockdown, the Parliamentary Counsel Office (PCO) has continued to work on the Access to Secondary Legislation project. They now report on this in their latest technical update.

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Government procurement: Open data about supplier contracts

9 April 2020

Laurence Millar

While the publication of the NZ procurement data by MBIE is to be applauded, the quality and completeness of the data available continues to fall well short of genuine transparency. There is plenty of room for improvement.

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Vigilance, transparency and monitoring critical for COVID-19 responses

9 April 2020

Times of crisis bring out the very best of nearly everyone. Unfortunately it also brings out the few who look at this as a time of opportunity. From small scale scams on individuals to misuse of billions earmarked for aid, this is a time of great risk. There are lots of warnings, let’s heed them.

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Parliamentary monitoring and reporting is critical in dealing with COVID-19 responses

28 March 2020

“The risk of fraud and corruption is compounded during crises like the COVID-19 pandemic. When quick decisions are necessary to move vast amounts of resources, bribery, fraud and corruption abound,” says Suzanne Snively, Chair of Transparency International New Zealand (TINZ). “We must anticipate this now to avoid dilution of our government’s relief and recovery efforts.”

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Intransigence, opaqueness for the Culturally and Linguistically Diverse

16 March 2020

There is an urgent need to improve inclusivity and integration of our recent arrivals by overcoming intransigence and lack of transparency in the public service. By this means, they will flourish and successfully contribute to our society and overall wellbeing.

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Transparency is an everyday job

16 March 2020

Colombia’s government has, throughout the last decade, passed legislation, implemented technology and created a set of institutions that let citizens know what the government is up to. The publication of open data has given its citizens a better understanding of government initiatives that used to be known only by headlines.

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