Keitha Booth announces the publication of the review of Taiwan’s first Open Government National Action Plan 2021-2024 and reveals Taiwan’s wish to join the international Open Government Partnership. Civic groups in Taiwan applaud the action plan but seek broader collaboration across civil society, and ongoing training and promotion across central and local government to ensure long-term results and an enduring open government culture.
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Charities are worth it! The case for action
Watch a video of Sue Barker arguing for an ‘enabling’ charities regime. The sector will have to act if it doesn’t want the government’s ‘restrictive’ proposals to become law. Included are Sue’s presentation slides.
Charities are worth it!
Sue Barker recommends an independent first-principles review of NZ’s Charities Act and will take your questions.
Helmut Modlik speaks to Trust Democracy’s AGM
Watch or listen to the recording of Helmut Modlik, Tumu Whakarae of Te Rūnanga o Toa Rangatira, speaking to Trust Democracy’s AGM about his vision for deliberative community governance in Porirua.
Porirua’s forthcoming talanoa-wānanga experiment in deliberative community governance
A transcript of Helmut Modlik’s address, and the subsequent Q & A, at Trust Democracy’s Annual General Meeting that was held on 12 April 2022.
Annual General Meeting 2022
You are warmly invited to Trust Democracy’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) at 7.30pm on Tuesday 12 April 2022. The meeting will be held by Zoom video conference.
Open government, the media, and democracy
In a response to columns in the Dominion Post about government openness, Simon Wright and Andrew Ecclestone suggest the media involve their readers in shaping policy debates.
A quarter of the electorate are not represented in NZ’s Parliament: What should we do?
Whilst exploring an idea about providing representation for non-voters, Simon Wright was surprised to find that New Zealand’s A+ rated electoral system fails to represent a quarter of the eligible population.
Have local councils helped us enough to help ourselves?
The future of local democracy is far too important to be left to politicians and experts alone. Simon Wright writes that ordinary people need to be at the table too.
Could there be a seismic shift in democratic politics ‘after’ COVID?
This is a record of Democracy ‘after’ COVID, a Zoom workshop hosted by Trust Democracy on 2 November 2021 and led by Prof. Lyn Carson, the Research Director of the newDemocracy Foundation. A video, some reflections about what happened, and some suggested actions are included.