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Comment on Office of the Auditor General Draft Annual Plan 2020-21

4 June 2020

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Transparency International New Zealand comment on the plan

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Inquiry into the 2019 Local Elections and Liquor Licensing Trust Elections, and Recent Energy Trust Elections

29 February 2020

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Transparency International New Zealand submission to the inquiry

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Secondary Legislation Bill – TINZ Submission

16 February 2020

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TINZ supports the passing of this legislation, which will make secondary legislation more accessible. It will also help parliament to function more transparently than in the past and will support the sovereignty of parliament to
scrutinise all regulations.

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Public Service Legislation Bill submission by TINZ

12 February 2020

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We regard as paramount that the Bill should maintain and protect New Zealand’s long tradition of a politically neutral, incorruptible public service that belongs to the public and serves the public interest. The public sector’s high standards of integrity are reflected by New Zealand’s continued high standing on the Corruption Perceptions Index.

In this submission we comment and make suggestions about four substantive matters.

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Algorithm Charter puts the focus on people: Submission

5 January 2020

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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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TINZ submission on Engagement Process for the Open Government Partnership 4th National Action Plan

17 December 2019

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This TINZ submission argues for greater engagement (involvement) of civil society in the development and implementation of New Zealand’s Open Government Partnership (OGP), 4th National Action Plan 2200-2022 (NAP-4). 

This plan comprises a commitment to the government’s international OGP agreement, to create greater transparency, increasing civic participation and use of new technologies to make government more open, effective, and accountable.

 

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TINZ submission on Reinvigorating Local Democracy discussion paper

17 December 2019

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Our December 2019 submission Submission on reinvigorating local democracy to Local Government New Zealand.

Comments on several topics. One particular point is that change needs to include strategic, outcome and cost benefit analyses. And there are already current models operating.

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Online Gambling in New Zealand – TINZ submission

3 October 2019

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TINZ is concerned that for online gambling harm minimisation is not sufficiently managed. Harm minimisation is a priority when online gambling is on the rise with demand pressures in new areas and new technology.

Unfortunately self regulation has limited impact, and there is insufficient research and understanding of pathological behaviour. Any laws regulating gambling should ensure transparency and fairness. Gambling operators should be incentivised not to step around New Zealand laws by aligning the NZ brand name with offshore
organisations that are not regulated.

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Inquiry into New Zealand’s aid to the Pacific submission

31 August 2019

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TINZ supports the coalition government’s Pacific Reset initiative, but identifies concerns with the impact of invasive ongoing corruption in the Pacific within business, political, government and civil society. “This is a risk to the security, economy and environment of Pacific nations and to New Zealand.” TINZ recommendations were submitted to the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade’s Inquiry into New Zealand’s aid to the Pacific, in August 2019. 

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Clean as a whistle a five step guide to better whistleblowing policy and practice in business and government

7 August 2019

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Whistling While They Work 2 – key findings and actions published August 2019

This report presents key findings and actions flowing from the research project Whistling While They Work 2: Improving managerial responses to whistleblowing in public and private sector organisations – one of the world’s largest studies into whistleblowing, and the first large-scale project to focus on management of whistleblowing across business and government.

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