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Transparency International New Zealand
24 July 2018
Patron, Lyn Provost

Parliamentarian diary publication strengthens transparency

Transparency International New Zealand (TINZ) is encouraged by the public release of parliamentarian diaries. Today Green party ministers released meeting logs for their official activities within the last three months. This is an important step in strengthening the transparency of New Zealand’s political process.

TINZ encourages all parliamentarians to follow the Green’s lead and release their diaries.

TINZ’s Integrity Plus 2013 New Zealand National Integrity System Assessment (NIS) recommended better transparency to enable public officials, citizens, and businesses to obtain sufficient information on, and to, scrutinise lobbying of members of Parliament and ministers.

The NIS describes how open and transparent information-seeking discussions are helpful in informing better decision-making. Since the purpose of all Parliamentarian meetings is to enhance and extend communication with the ultimate aim of improving outcomes for New Zealanders, it is desirable that Parliamentarians keep completely open and transparent diaries.

“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.

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, business and civil society in New Zealand and the Pacific. TINZ values strengthen business, enhance the New Zealand brand and create a better quality of life for New Zealanders.

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 Contact

    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 the implementation of its recommendations. A second edition is due out this year.

  4. TINZ Patron, Lyn Provost

    TINZ’s patron Lyn Provost was the Controller and Auditor General of New Zealand from 2009 to 2017. She is a Chartered Accountant (FCA) and holds a Bachelor of Commerce and Administration. She has held positions in private sector auditing firms in London and South Africa, and senior public sector roles in the State Services Commission and Archives New Zealand. Lyn was also Deputy Commissioner of the New Zealand Police for 8 years.

Modified 24 July. Paragraph 2 replaced “ministers” with “parliamentarians.”

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