Tag: Activism

Last Days to Contribute to NZ Open Government Action Plan

Article – Open Source Open Society New Zealands Open Government Partnership Action Plan is open for consultation until the end of day on this Friday 26 August. If you care about transparency, accountability participation and better use of technology in the way our government is run then …Last Days to Contribute to NZ Open Government Action Plan New Zealand’s ‘Open Government Partnership’ Action Plan is open for consultation until the end of day on this Friday 26 August. If you care about transparency, accountability participation and better use of technology in the way our government is run then you should make a submission here. If you are in Wellington there is also a final full day co-creation workshop on this Friday where you can get involved at a deeper level. See the Press release published on Scoop yesterday here for further details. Our position as a leader in this space is at threat New Zealand has had very good fiscal and government accountability and transparency reputation, however recent developments such as the Panama Papers and increasingly poor public consultation processes are threatening this reputation. As Susanne Snively, chair of Transparency International New Zealand said at yesterday’s Open Source Open Society Conference in Wellington, our position as a leader in this space is slipping due to complacency and lack of ambition to look towards transparency and accountability in a modern...

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Patronage, Journalism and Open Society.

Article – James Littlewood A panel discussion this morning shone a very bright light on a very familiar problem: the problem of journalism; knowing whats going on; keeping the bastards honest. Marianne Ellion (of Action Station) hosted the discussion with Mark Jennings (Mediaworks), … A panel discussion this morning shone a very bright light on a very familiar problem: the problem of journalism; knowing what’s going on; keeping the bastards honest. Marianne Ellion (of Action Station) hosted the discussion with Mark Jennings (Mediaworks), Jan Rivers (Scoop) and Bernard Hickey (Hive News). The problem is all too familiar. But here...

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Don’t leave a toxic legacy – give up on the TPPA

Press Release – It’s Our Future Joe Bidens visit to New Zealand comes amongst desperate moves to try to rescue the deeply unpopular Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA). Citizens opposed to the TPPA will be at Auckland Airport today to call for an end to the TPPA.Don’t leave a toxic legacy – give up on the TPPA Joe Biden’s visit to New Zealand comes amongst desperate moves to try to rescue the deeply unpopular Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA). Citizens opposed to the TPPA will be at Auckland Airport today to call for an end to the TPPA. The TPPA was...

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Fred Whata’s position statement opposing the TPPA

Press Release – Rotorua Te Arawa TPPA Action Group Position Statement of Te Uru O Te Whetu Frederick Whata opposing the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement, Trade in Services Agreement and Te Ture Whenua Maori Bill.Position Statement of Te Uru O Te Whetu Frederick Whata opposing the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement, Trade in Services Agreement and Te Ture Whenua Maori Bill. I, Te Uru O Te Whetu Frederick Whata swear: Ko Rangiatea toku kororia, toku rangatiratanga Ko Papatuanuku toku piringa, toku turangawaewae Pou ki te whenua No reira ahau My dominion my authority from Rangiatea My embrace my standing place upon Papatuanuku Intimately connected within the whenua Is who I am I am Te Uru O Te Whetu Frederick Whata of Ngati Pikiao of the Te Arawa waka. I am the Great Grandson of Hakarangi Wahanui and Ngahuka Reimana Te Poihipi. The Grandson of Whata Karaka Hakarangi and Irimako Te Hake Haimona. The Son of Akapita Peter Whata and Keti Warena Haimona I stand upon my Turangawaewae with authority and power in the truth from knowing, I have absolute Sovereignty. In my individual capacity as a sovereign, I state that the Trans- Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) has no bearing on me or my Turangawaewae. I hereby oppose the TPPA and state that no outside sources or bodies can undermine or usurp my individual sovereignty. I object to the ratification of the Trans-Pacific...

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It’s Our Future – Kiwis against the TPPA

Press Release – It’s Our Future Dr. Jomo Kwame Sundaram will visit New Zealand this week. He will be available for interviews in Auckland on Wednesday 15 June and Friday 17 June, and in Wellington on Thursday 16 June.It’s Our Future – Kiwis against the TPPA International Trade and Investment expert visiting New Zealand: Dr Jomo Kwame Sundaram Dr. Jomo Kwame Sundaram will visit New Zealand this week. He will be available for interviews in Auckland on Wednesday 15 June and Friday 17 June, and in Wellington on Thursday 16 June. Dr. Sundaram has a distinguished career: • FAO Assistant Director General and Coordinator for Economic and Social Development from August 2012 until the end of 2015 • Assistant Secretary General for Economic Development in the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs from January 2005 until June 2012 • Honorary Research Coordinator for the G24 Intergovernmental Group on International Monetary Affairs and Development from December 2006 until September 2012 • A member of the [Stiglitz] Commission of Experts of the President of the United Nations General Assembly on Reforms of the International Monetary and Financial System • G20 sherpa to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, and also UN G20 Finance Deputy during 2011-2012 • In 2007, he was awarded the Wassily Leontief Prize for Advancing the Frontiers of Economic Thought • Visiting Fellow at Cambridge University (1987-1988; 1991-1992) and...

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