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New Zealand Elections

Call to lower voting age in New Zealand to 16 Waikato University academic Patrick Barrett argues New Zealand should lower the voting age to 16.

NZ spy agencies call for greater transparency on political donations The heads of the intelligence agencies also told MPs they support “more stringent” rules around disclosing donations but said a blanket ban on foreign money was not the answer.

Politicians must pick up pace on donations reform It’s clear that New Zealand’s laws governing political donations need change – but any overhaul before the 2020 election will require politicians to pick up the pace, Sam Sachdeva writes.

Jacinda Ardern describes $150,000 donation to National ‘outside spirit of the law’ Jacinda Ardern’s comments followed NZME’s revelation that National received the donation through a New Zealand-registered, but Chinese-owned company.

New Zealand transparency, integrity and accountability

China’s influence on campus chills free speech in Australia, New Zealand Chinese students poured into Australia and New Zealand in the hundreds of thousands over the past 20 years, paying sticker prices for university degrees that made higher education among both countries’ top export earners. Now, as a more-authoritarian China projects its influence deeper into the South Pacific, attempts by Chinese students and diplomats to interfere with anti-Beijing dissidents and stifle free speech on campuses pose an uncomfortable challenge for both U.S. allies. Washington Post

Ministry to analyse public OIA submissions and report back to Justice Minister Andrew Little

Tracking the data breach that gave crooks my credit card details Overseas crooks managed to secure the credit card data of my credit card, and my wife’s credit card, from a New Zealand business and tried to steal money from us.

SFO closes investigation into spy firm Thompson & Clark SFO director Julie Read said in a statement it had determined the “high evidential standard” for laying criminal charges had not been met.

Official information denied as government agencies illegally refuse OIA request transfers, document shows Kiwis are being denied access to information, because government agencies are illegally refusing to accept the transfer of Official Information Act (OIA) requests, a Justice Ministry document suggests.The document was one of 290 submissions about the OIA, which highlighted problems with delays, documents rendered meaningless by deletions, political interference and government agencies drowning under the sheer volume of information requests.

Luxury cars, cash, posh property seized in police bust

Parliamentary Budget Office

The parliamentary budget office should be just the beginning New Zealand Initiative

Independent Parliamentary Budget Office is a victory The Government’s decision to establish and independent Parliamentary Budget Office, outside of Treasury, is a taxpayer victory and will improve democracy, says the New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union.

Government keen to set up Parliamentary Budget Office, an independent watchdog to cost election policies, but National reject idea

International

A more-authoritarian China projects its influence deeper into the South Pacific, attempts by Chinese students and diplomats to interfere with anti-Beijing dissidents and stifle free speech on campuses pose an uncomfortable challenge for both U.S. allies. Washington Post

Transparency International Secretariat

Transparency International staff complain of bullying and harassment The Secretariat of the Berlin-based global body, Transparency International, is described by some staff as having a ‘toxic’ workplace culture silencing critical voices.

Transparency International statement on Secretariat staff wellbeing The global body of Berlin-based Transparency International, will work openly and honestly with staff and their representative body to review current practices, address all issues identified, and take action necessary to prevent them happening in future.

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