The Government will not have to release a 33-page coalition document, after a ruling from Chief Ombudsman Peter Boshier that it does not qualify as official information.
Chief Ombudsman Peter Boshier has backed the Government’s refusal to release a 33-page coalition document, saying in a provisional ruling he is satisfied it has not played a role in policy decisions.
Political scientist Bryce Edwards called late last month for a coalition to form to fix the Official Information Act. He reports back on a positive initial response in and around Government.
In today's email, we cover look into how the new Government's early delivery on transparency has been poor, despite its promises.
Comment: A month seems early for a new government to dash hopes of a fresh start - yet Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s team seems determined to break the speed record when it comes to disregard for public transparency.
In this morning's email we called on the Government to release the complete coalition agreement document.
Political scientist Bryce Edwards calls on public servants, academics and journalists to form a coalition to fix the Official Information Act.
In today's email we looked at the Prime Minister's comments on big land sales before the Overseas Investment Office, the challenges facing the implementation of the new digital curriculum in schools, and the latest in politics and the economy.
In this morning's email we discussed the unexpected items in the Budget area discovered by the incoming Government.
The Official Information Act was supposed to make Government more transparent. Instead, Governments from both sides have used and abused the Act to obstruct and deflect requests for public information. Shane Cowlishaw doubts the new Labour Government will follow through on its pre-election rhetoric on the need for reform.