Tag: Community NGO Sector

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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Public health, union, and church groups slam TPP trade deal

Press Release – AFTINET As secret Trans-Pacific (TPP) trade talks resume in New York, an unusually diverse mix of 47 Australian community groups including public health, environment, union, church, development aid and other groups have written an open letter to Trade Minister …January 27, 2014 Public health, environment, union, and church groups slam Trans-Pacific trade deal as talks resume in New York As secret Trans-Pacific (TPP) trade talks resume in New York, an unusually diverse mix of 47 Australian community groups including public health, environment, union, church, development aid and other groups have written an open letter to Trade Minister Robb citing mounting evidence that the TPP is not in the national interest, and demanding that the text be released for public scrutiny before it is signed. “The TPP talks have missed many deadlines over the last five years because community groups in many TPP countries have pressured governments to resist US proposals which would benefit US pharmaceutical, media, IT and tobacco industries at the expense of peoples’ rights,” Dr Patricia Ranald, Coordinator of the Australian Fair Trade and Investment Network, said today. “TPP proposals to extend monopolies on medicines would delay access to cheaper generic medicines. A recent study shows that extending monopolies on ten key medicines would cost the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) $205 million in one year,” explained Dr Deborah Gleeson, from Latrobe University and the...

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Thousands of Kiwis plan National Day of Action against TPPA

Press Release – It’s Our Future Thousands of Kiwis are expected to take to the streets in seventeen towns and cities across the country this Saturday to voice their opposition to the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA).5 November 2014 Thousands of Kiwis plan for National Day of Action against the TPPA on 8 November Thousands of Kiwis are expected to take to the streets in seventeen towns and cities across the country this Saturday to voice their opposition to the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA). Trade ministers from the twelve participating countries, including New Zealand, will be meeting at the same time in Beijing to try to bring the secretive negotiations to a close after more than four years. “There has been a massive response to the call for Kiwis to fight back against a deal that puts the interests of big corporations ahead of ordinary people”, according to Its Our Future spokesperson Edward Miller. “Thousands have signed up to attend on Facebook, and if even half of those join us it would make it much bigger than the day of action held on 29 March this year.” President of the New Zealand Council of Trade Unions Helen Kelly says: “We are urging people to support this day of action because the TPPA contains threats to our health system, our public services, our ability to use government purchasing to develop our...

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PM Post-Cabinet Press Conference – November 3, 2014

Article – The Scoop Team The Prime Minister met with reporters today to discuss: His discussions with Tony Abbott on the relationship between Australia and New Zealand The issue of banning the private sale of fireworks Developments in Iraq and Syria, and New … PM Post-Cabinet Press Conference – 32 Smarch 2014 Scoop Audio+Video+Photos by The Scoop Team The Prime Minister met with reporters today to discuss: • His discussions with Tony Abbott on the relationship between Australia and New Zealand • The issue of banning the private sale of fireworks • Developments in Iraq and Syria, and New Zealand’s potential response to IS • The release of the OIA report on Cameron Slater • Potential TPP talks at APEC • The sale of state housing • The UN report on climate change • Governmental measures to address child poverty • Sugar taxes to prevent obesity ******* [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1nRJWSx7lPc&w=420&h=315] ******* Click a link to play audio (or right-click to download) in either MP3 format or in OGG format. ENDS Content Sourced from scoop.co.nz Original...

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