Political Party Financing Articles

Keep Thinking and Carry on – Online political campaigning in New Zealand

12 October 2020

Julie Haggie

TINZ is releasing a report: Online Political Campaigning in New Zealand

We recommend that Parliament takes the opportunity to not only maintain New Zealand’s status and reputation as a leader in political integrity, but to show other countries the way forward in dealing with this critical issue for protecting democracies and fighting political corruption.

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Political party funding in New Zealand

17 February 2020

Guest author Tim Barnett discusses the complex issues and practical challenges of political party funding in New Zealand. He offers a couple of examples where these issues are being addressed in other ways that are worth considering for New Zealand.

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Transparency in coming general election

17 February 2020

A review of recent Transparency International New Zealand (TINZ) activity around elections offers a broad-brush look at our initial plans for the 2020 electoral cycle.

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Money in Politics

23 January 2020

This year, Transparency International analysed the relationship between politics, money and corruption, including the impact of campaign finance regulations and how money influences political power and elections.

Keeping big money out of politics is essential to ensure political decision-making serves the public interest and curbs opportunities for corrupt deals. Transparency International’s research highlights the relationship between politics, money and corruption. Unregulated flows of big money in politics also make public policy vulnerable to undue influence.

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Transparency of Political Party Funding Essential

14 December 2019

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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Can political corruption be averted in New Zealand?

12 December 2019

Recent revelations about New Zealand political parties’ funding, are yet further evidence that our funding rules and political party governance badly need an overhaul.  

It is reasonable to expect that those who lead should not only act according to the laws of the land, but also to have the understanding and sense to act morally beyond the laws of the land, and lead by example.

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Transparency of Political Party Funding Essential

25 November 2019

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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Is New Zealand becoming a plutocracy?

30 October 2019

We are wary of the potential for good government to be compromised by complacency. Make no mistake about it: despite New Zealand’s reputation for low corruption and high quality civil service, the country is surprisingly vulnerable to capture by monied interests.

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Regulating money in New Zealand politics

26 February 2019

by Simon Chapple
Director, Institute for Governance and Policy Studies
Victoria University of Wellington

In the aftermath of the controversy surrounding former MP Jami-Lee Ross and opposition National party leader Simon Bridges, discussions have focused on possible reforms of political donations in New Zealand.

My colleagues Bryce Edwards and Michael Macaulay have raised the issue of taxpayer funding of political parties.

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Porous line between political access and political influence

10 November 2018

Michael Macaulay

Dr Michael Macaulay

TINZ Member with Delegated Authority

Open Government Partnership

Associate Professor Michael Macaulay is in the School of Government at Victoria University of Wellington and has written extensively about integrity, ethics and anti-corruption.

OPINION: The latest furore about political party donations is yet another manifestation of an ongoing issue. 

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