The need for systemic change to protect democratic integrity is more evident than ever in recent history. So long as the Electoral Act fails to place any limit on political donations, even donations from corporations and lobbyists, undue influence will remain a reality in this country.Find out More
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The proposed political donation regulations are positive and TINZ welcomes them. We also feel additional reforms are required to maintain a publicly trusted,high integrity electoral systemFind out More
An update from Integrity Fiji discusses the challenges lack of good data presents to their anti-corruption work. It highlights their recent accomplishments in the face of the challenges.Find out More
Transparency International New Zealand honours departing politician Louisa Wall MP, who has given 14 excellent years of service to Aotearoa.Find out More
A project is underway at VUW researching the funding of political parties in New Zealand amidst fraud investigations involving the finances of major political parties. The research findings will inform the planned review of the Electoral Act.Find out More
A research project team at the Wellington School of Business and Government will release an annual Political Integrity Index for New Zealand from 2022 onward. They are currently looking for a PhD candidate to work on the research.Find out More
Political financing through donations, anonymous or not, should not purchase influence. The principle of one-person one vote underpins democracy. We need to protect the integrity of this essential democratic process.Find out More
From the perspective of judging a government’s commitment to openness, they are conveying a signal that no government would choose: that there is no policy coherence between stated intent and reality. Find out More
Poorly regulated political finance regimes can undermine the integrity of processes and institutions of political participation and representation, resulting in corruption and a loss of public trust in politics.
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TINZ responded to four questions raised in this submission. We support a broader review of the Māori Electoral option including consideration for Māori to switch between electoral rolls for both general and local government elections (and separately for each). We also agree that further research and community awareness raising is needed.Find out More
TINZ provided four specific recommendations based on its research, in its submission to the Justice Select Committee Inquiry into the 2020 General Election. Find out More
TINZ’s response to the Justice Select Committee Inquiry into 2020 General Election. Anne Tolley and Avon Adams were the leads in the TINZ response.Find out More
TINZ is releasing a report: Online Political Campaigning in New Zealand
We recommend that Parliament takes the opportunity to not only maintain New Zealand’s status and reputation as a leader in political integrity, but to show other countries the way forward in dealing with this critical issue for protecting democracies and fighting political corruption.Find out More
The new proposed Parliamentary Code of Conduct addresses important issues of inappropriate sexual conduct and bullying. The code is part of proposals to make Parliament a safer working environment, from one where unacceptable conduct had become "normalised”.Find out More
TINZ remains concerned that political parties are largely unaware of New Zealand’s vulnerability to the impact of corruption that originates overseas.
They are generally naive about how our international reputation for strong integrity attracts the corrupt on one hand, while on the positive side, strengthening New Zealand's integrity systems to prevent this corruption has the potential to accrue value to their constituencies and to our economy.Find out More
Democracy faces daily new risks in the digital age. This article highlights a few tools like 'The complete guide to NZ Election 2020' which aim to create an informed electorate and provide transparency around political advertising and political content.Find out More
Transparency International New Zealand (TINZ) posed seven key questions to each political party on issues of transparency, anti-corruption and protection for whistleblowers. Here are their responsesFind out More
A review of recent Transparency International New Zealand (TINZ) activity around elections offers a broad-brush look at our initial plans for the 2020 electoral cycle.Find out More
Guest author Tim Barnett discusses the complex issues and practical challenges of political party funding in New Zealand. He offers a couple of examples where these issues are being addressed in other ways that are worth considering for New Zealand.Find out More
This year, Transparency International analysed the relationship between politics, money and corruption, including the impact of campaign finance regulations and how money influences political power and elections.
Keeping big money out of politics is essential to ensure political decision-making serves the public interest and curbs opportunities for corrupt deals. Transparency International’s research highlights the relationship between politics, money and corruption. Unregulated flows of big money in politics also make public policy vulnerable to undue influence.Find out More
Recent revelations about New Zealand political parties’ funding, are yet further evidence that our funding rules and political party governance badly need an overhaul.
It is reasonable to expect that those who lead should not only act according to the laws of the land, but also to have the understanding and sense to act morally beyond the laws of the land, and lead by example.Find out More
On Tuesday 6 October approximately 200 people gathered at Victoria University of Wellington to hear 2020 election candidates discuss business and political integrity.Find out More