Open Data Articles

Algorithm Charter puts the focus on people

17 February 2020

In early February, Transparency International New Zealand (TINZ) offered a submission supporting the work of Stats NZ to create an Algorithm Charter.

TINZ strongly supports the primary purpose of the charter – to put the right safeguards in place so that data ethics are embedded in the work, and so that people and communities being served by these tools are always front of mind.

However, TINZ would like to see the Charter go further…

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Algorithm Charter puts the focus on people

6 January 2020

Transparency of political party funding is essential to provide clarity about who is influencing decision making.

The lack of transparency is putting New Zealand’s reputation for strong integrity at serious risk. It erodes trust in our elected representatives, degrades our financial well-being, and impacts on our society and how it works together.

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Algorithm Charter puts the focus on people: Submission

5 January 2020


TINZ Submission to Stats NZ on their work to create an Algorithm Charter.

TINZ would like to see the Charter go further, through:

  • Including a commitment to cross agency engagement on matters such as algorithmic literacy, frameworks for algorithmic hygiene, governance frameworks, whistleblowing, peer bias assessments and public consultation.
  • Extending the scope of the charter beyond people, to include natural systems.
  • Including algorithm use or development by external organisations for any provision of public services or projects.
  • Including a commitment by government agencies to support the development of industry standards in algorithm use.

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Environmental reporting requires more transparency

12 December 2019

New Zealand does not “collect the right data to know how our environment is faring, undermining efforts to protect it.” This is the conclusion of a just released report focusing Aotearoa New Zealand’s environmental reporting system.

The report identifies huge gaps in data and knowledge that undermine New Zealand’s stewardship of the environment.

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Counting People – the 2018 Census

24 September 2019

Poor outcomes from the 2018 census have highlighted its pivotal role in New Zealand’s data ecosystem. An accurate comprehensive census is critical to an open, transparent and inclusive democracy. All 16 recommendations provided in an independent review have been accepted by Stats NZ. 

The 2018 Census had lower response rates, with participation within the Māori and Pasifika communities particularly troubling.

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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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Data ethics – Keeping people at the centre

7 May 2019

Anne Gilbert

Anne Gilbert

TINZ Public Sector Project Manager

Data Ethics was the topic of rich and well considered discussion at the public sector Leaders Integrity Forum held in March. It was co-hosted by Transparency International New Zealand (TINZ) and the Office of the Auditor General (OAG).

The session lived up to its name through the skilled chairing of Andrew Hampton (Director General of the Government Communications Security Bureau).

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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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Safeguarding precious historical records

7 August 2018

David Dunsheath

Good intentions

The Coalition Government is assessing the contributions our national archives and libraries can make to New Zealand’s culture and democracy. This work programme spans:

  • The National Library of New Zealand
  • Archives New Zealand
  • Ngā Taonga Sound and Vision (the audio-visual archive).

Co-Chair of this programme is Associate Minister for Arts,

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How open is Government’s 2018 Budget data?

14 July 2018

How would you rate the usefulness of the 2018 Budget-related information associated with The Minister of Finance, Hon Grant Robertson’s Budget delivery on 17 May 2018? 

The Treasury seeks your feedback on this information to improve the usability of future budget documents and data sets. Links to the relevant budget documents and to the brief ‘open data’ 4-question survey,

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