Short takes

State Sector Act 1988 reforms

On 26 June, State Services Minister Chris Hipkins announced reforms to the State Sector Act 1988.

According to the State Services Commission “Following the public consultation last year, Cabinet has approved making changes to the State Sector Act 1988. These decisions will help deliver better outcomes and services for New Zealanders by:

  • creating a modern, agile and adaptive Public Service
  • affirming the constitutional role of the Public Service in supporting New Zealand’s democratic form of government.”

The bill is due to be introduced at the end of August, 2019 and expected to be law by mid 2020.

Information on the reforms can be found on the  State Services Commission website.

Human Rights Measurement Initiative data portal is now live

Wellington based Human Rights Measurement Initiative (HRMI) just announced the availability of their 2019 human rights country data within a brand-new data portal.

HRMI is an international team working for global change. Frustrated by the lack of human rights data available for investors, wellbeing experts and other analysts, this team has developed the world’s first initiative to track the human rights performance of countries.

The data portal can be accessed from the front page of the HRMI website, or by going directly to Explore by country or compare countries and for example, see which groups of people are more at risk of rights violations in various countries. New Zealand’s Human Rights Report offers interesting insights to ponder. 

TINZ support appreciated in Fiji anti-corruption work

From 7-11 June, the Chairperson of Integrity Fiji, Dr Joseph Veramu, hosted a visit by Transparency International. The global body was represented by Melbourne-based, Mr Daniel Webb, the Coordinator for Pacific Chapters, and Mr Alejandro Salas from the Berlin Head Office.

They attended meetings with the Fiji Independent Commission Against Corruption, the Fijian Parliament Public Education Section and the Supervisor of Elections. These are some of the agencies that Integrity Fiji has worked closely with over the last 3 years.

In his meeting with Mr Webb and Mr Salas, Dr Joseph Veramu acknowledged the affirming and constructive assistance provided by Transparency International New Zealand (TINZ) in facilitating advice and support in their governance and anti-corruption work. The Board of Integrity Fiji, which works closely with Transparency International, was also thankful for the support provided by TINZ in the February Wellington visioning meeting where Pacific TI Chapters met to progress their anti-corruption activities.

“We also appreciate it that when we want advice on our anti-corruption work, we can chat or email our TINZ partners and are provided proactive responses to help us with our anti-corruption work in Fiji”, Dr Veramu said.


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