New Zealand’s GOPAC to have input into Parliamentary ‘code’

Ann Webster
TINZ Director
Focus areas: Constitution, National Integrity Systems, Parliamentary Liaison

Ann Webster
TINZ Director and Parliamentary Liaison

Since December 2018 Transparency International New Zealand (TINZ) has been supporting the New Zealand branch of the Global Organization of Parliamentarians Against Corruption (GOPAC) as an advisor. GOPAC is an international network of parliamentarians dedicated to good governance and combating corruption throughout the world. Since its inception, GOPAC has provided information and analysis, established international benchmarks, and improved public awareness through a combination of global pressure and national action

Multi-party membership

The New Zealand GOPAC branch involves 16 members of Parliament or over 13 percent of the membership of the House. Each MP has personally chosen to participate in GOPAC, which has representatives from most of the political parties represented in the House. Chaired by Deputy Speaker, the Hon. Anne Tolley, the New Zealand branch has been receiving briefings about corruption challenges in New Zealand, and recommendations about how to improve political transparency. 

Parliament-wide code

Their work will provide useful input to the Parliamentary response to the report by Debbie Francis on Bullying and Harassment in the New Zealand Parliamentary Workplace.

GOPAC members favour a principles-based Parliamentary ‘code’ to cover all the people working in Parliament – not just Members of Parliament.

The development and adoption of such a code by the New Zealand Parliament would be world leading.

As observed in the Francis report, the leadership roles and profiles of Members of Parliament and Ministers, provide them with opportunities to become important role models to set expectations for dignified and respectful conduct. TINZ is honoured to be part of the secretariat support for GOPAC.

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