Transparency in Governance

It is absolutely essential that the public’s interest is being served by the government. transparency

Here are just some suggestions as to areas where there may be no transparency and some suggestions as to what you can do about it.
nb See also our page on the TPPA (Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement) for more transparency issues.

See page for articles re surveillance HERE

Find levels of involvement between government and corporations and make it available to the people.

Find out who are the corporate consultancy firms that local and central government pay for advice.

Write to local government and central government  to find out what communication and agreements have taken place  between them, and for local and central government to provide the invoices presented to local and central government and invoke the freedom of information act if necessary.

Request information about which companies have supplied and contracted to undertake the planning, the construction, the management and the maintenance of infrastructure and services.

Request the names of all consultancy firms that have provided consultancy services to local and central governments to provide advice on policy and management.

Request all of the names of all staff including senior management staff who were over the last twenty years recruited from consultancy firms, or were employed or contracted by consultancy firms immediately before being employed or contracted to local or central government. If the names are not available then the positions held in both public and private sector, and the dates of engagement and termination.

Request the names of staff who, over the last twenty years have left central or local government to work for consultancy firms, if names are not available then positions held and the dates of tenure.

A request for information to find out what private consultancy firms, or staff, including senior management staff previously employed or contracted by private consultancy firms, over the last twenty years, have been engaged in altering policy and or management structures in central and local government.


Accountability in Auckland Council. How many people have had their e-mails blocked – and other issues.

See HERE and scroll down for Gary Osbourne’s experiences. He is not alone in this.

Gary is asking Candidates who are standing for Council the following questions.

1. What do you see as the prime function of a Councillor/Local Board member?
2. Will you be accessible to ratepayers during normal business hours?
3. How?
4. Will you be accessible to ratepayers outside normal business hours?
5. How?
6. Do you see this as a full-time commitment?
7. If not, how many hours a week do you propose devoting to the job?
8. Do you have a good working knowledge of Profit & Loss accounts and Balance Sheets?
9. Are you comfortable with Auckland Council’s current debt level?
10. What is the current debt?
11. Are you comfortable with the planned expansion of debt?
12. What is the proposed debt for 2018? (5 years from now)
13. What steps will you take to see that AC has control over Council Controlled Organisations?
14. What steps will you take to see that CCOs are financially accountable to ratepayers?
15. What do you know about the problems in the area you intend to represent?
16. What do you intend to do to fix them?


Are Judith Collins staff censoring wikipedia on justice issues in NZ?
Read more HERE