Public Sector Articles

Long term outcomes vs short term goals

10 November 2018

by Lyn McMorran
Lyn thanked Adrian Orr for his presentation

The members of TINZ were very lucky to have the Governor of the Reserve Bank of New Zealand (RBNZ), Adrian Orr, speak to them about what transparency means to him and how to achieve it, at their AGM held in Wellington on Monday 29 October.

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State Sector Act reform: having our say

6 November 2018

Julie Haggie

TINZ Chief Executive Officer

Time for change

The State Services Commission has run a short consultation on proposed changes to the 30-year old State Sector Act. This Act is based on a model of single department delivery from one Chief Executive to a single Minister, with strong lines of vertical accountability.

The government is seeking more collective,

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Anne Gilbert

Free and Frank Advice at Leaders Integrity Forum

5 October 2018

Anne Gilbert

Anne Gilbert

TINZ Public Sector Project Manager

The theme of the August Leaders Integrity Forum was the proposed reform of the State Sector Act (1988) but with a specific focus on ‘free and frank advice’. It was chaired by Don Hunn, senior diplomat and civil servant including the State Services Commissioner during the public sector reforms in the 1980s. 

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Suzanne Snively ONZM Chair Transparency International New Zealand

From the Chair

5 October 2018

Transparency Times from the Chair August 2018

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New Public Service Act: Have your say

7 September 2018

Hon Chris Hipkins, Minister of State Services, announced a substantial review of the State Sector Act (1998), at the Beehive on Tuesday. All New Zealanders, including public servants, are encouraged to provide feedback on the State Sector Act reform proposals. 

This review aims to determine better ways for government agencies and the Public Service as a whole, to work together more flexibly and effectively,

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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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Procurement focus at Leaders Integrity Forum

14 July 2018

Tod Cooper

Tod Cooper

TINZ Member with Delegated Authority for Procurement

Procurement – not your average crowd generating topic.  However, with recent high profile fraud and corruption cases across both public and private sectors, annual central government spend on goods and services in the order of $42 billion, it was no surprise there wasn’t a spare seat in the house at the Public Sector ‘Leaders Integrity Forum’

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Public Trust Survey 2018: Greater trust in Government

6 July 2018

Michael Macaulay

Dr Michael Macaulay

TINZ Member with Delegated Authority

Open Government Partnership, Whistleblowing

Its findings run counter to the decline of trust in democratic political institutions as seen within many countries.

Asked whether they trust the government to do what is right for New Zealand, 65 per cent now answered ‘yes’ compared with 48 per cent in 2016.

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Leaders Integrity Forum considers corruption risks

3 May 2018

March 2018 will be remembered for decades to come in the annals of Australian cricket history – and all for the wrong reasons.  The ball-tampering scandal by some of Australia’s top cricketers have highlighted the vulnerability of sport to corrupt influences and shown once again how reputations built and maintained over a long time can come tumbling down in moments.

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Storm in a coffee cup or significant scandal?

4 April 2018

Bryce Edwards

Member with delegated authority on

Political party integrity, Media

From some angles, it seems like a comparatively trivial and pedantic controversy, but New Zealand’s reputation for integrity in the political system is just too important to be tarnished in the way that the Radio New Zealand (RNZ) meeting with Minister of Broadcasting scandal is doing.

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