Submissions

TINZ Submissions activity

23 January 2020

TINZ encourages its readers to exercise their democratic responsibilities by making submissions and responding to government consultation processes with your opinions on future direction-setting and legislation.

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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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ASEAN-Australia-New Zealand Free Trade Agreement submission

4 August 2019

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Free trade agreements need to include strong anti-corruption and transparency provisions and align with our commitments and policies on carbon emissions and biodiversity. This is the position TINZ advocated in our recent submission to he Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade on the update of the ASEAN-Australia-New Zealand free Trade Agreement (AANZFTA).

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The 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

Zero Carbon Bill Final Submission

20 July 2019

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Transparency International New Zealand (TINZ) submission on the Climate Change Response (Zero Carbon) Amendment Bill.

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‘Think Broad’ public service sector changes ahead

5 July 2019

State Services Minister Chris Hipkins announced broad changes to boost public sector performance and responsiveness. At a 26 June event he released planned reforms to the State Sector Act 1988.

Minister Hipkins emphasized the need for government to put wellbeing at the forefront of public service delivery.  He noted that major goals such as child wellbeing can’t be addressed by one Agency or Department or separate agencies working independently.

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Sustainable Development Goals progress

5 July 2019

Julie Haggie
Chief Executive Officer
Transparency International New Zealand

Two reports and a new website focusing on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) have recently been launched.

Voluntary National Review

The first is the Government’s first Voluntary National Review report (VNR) on its achievement against implementation of the ‘2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development’

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