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Source: New Zealand Parliament

The bill is a member’s bill in the name of Tangi Utikere, MP for Palmerston North.

This bill proposes to improve transparency and strengthen public trust and confidence in the decision-making of local authorities. The bill would better align transparency requirements of members of local authorities with members of Parliament and the Executive Council. 

Currently, local authorities vary in the information they collect and publish about members’ interests, for the purpose of managing conflicts of interests. 

The bill aims to create a consistent approach. It would require local authorities to maintain and publish a register of pecuniary and other specified interests for members of local authorities, such as directorships, business interests, employment, or property. It would also require members of local authorities to disclose gifts and payments they receive. The bill would create an offence for members who fail to meet their responsibilities under the bill. 

Tell the Governance and Administration Committee what you think

Make a submission on the bill by midnight on 23 November 2021.

For more details about the bill:

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