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Transparency International New Zealand
11 December 2018
Patron, Lyn Provost

Ministerial diary publication strengthens transparency

Transparency International New Zealand (TINZ) is encouraged by the public release of ministerial diaries.

Yesterday Minister for State Services (Open Government) Chris Hipkins announced  that all Government Ministers will for the first time release details of their internal and external meetings,

“The move helps build trust and confidence in government,” Chris Hipkins said.

TINZ agrees. “We are pleased that the Government acknowledges the need for transparency from its Ministers. Transparency is the antidote for corruption, every action they take makes New Zealand a better home for her citizens and reinforces New Zealand’s leadership in the global fight against corruption,” stated TINZ Chief Executive Officer Julie Haggie.

This action is recommended by TINZ’s Integrity Plus 2013 New Zealand National Integrity System Assessment (NIS).  Recommendation 3 v page 341 is to: ” Introduce measures that provide an adequate degree of transparency to ensure that public officials, citizens, and businesses can obtain sufficient information on, and scrutinise lobbying of members of Parliament and ministers.”

“The NIS is a definitive roadmap for increasing integrity systems in New Zealand. Ministers taking this step are demonstrating a commitment to improving transparency and in this way, improving policy, practice and outcomes for New Zealanders,” says Suzanne Snively, Chair of TINZ.

“We hope it is not long before all Parliamentarians are required release their diaries and this requirement is codified in law so that it can not be undone by future by politicians fearful of transparency,” Snively adds.

We applaud actions, such as the release of official information to the public, that lead to a stronger New Zealand integrity system.


Background information for journalists

  1. Media Contacts
    Julie Haggie
    Chief Executive Officer
    Transparency International New Zealand
    02 74 989 126
    Julie.haggie@tinz.org.nz

    Suzanne Snively
    Chair
    Transparency International New Zealand
    64 21 925 689
    suzanne.snively@tinz.org.nz
  2. Transparency International

    Transparency International is a global civil society coalition leading the fight against corruption. It compiles a number of measures of different aspects of corruption including the Corruption Perceptions Index, the Global Corruption Barometer, and the Bribe Payers Index. Information on Transparency International can be found at www.transparency.org.

  3. About TINZ

    Transparency International New Zealand (TINZ) is the local chapter of the global organisation – http://www.transparency.org.nz/. TINZ works to actively promote the highest levels of transparency, accountability, integrity and public participation in government and civil society in New Zealand and the Pacific Islands.

    Transparency International New Zealand provides a free Anti-Corruption Training Tool (transparency.org.nz/Anti-Corruption-Training) designed by leading experts in the field, and enables organisations to provide training for their personnel. This was developed in partnership with the Serious Fraud Office and BusinessNZ

    Transparency International New Zealand published the Integrity Plus 2013 New Zealand National Integrity System Assessment and is actively engaged in activities leading to the implementation of its recommendations.  A second edition is due out this year.

  4. This media release is available as a .pdf file here.

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