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TRESPASS CHARGES DISMISSED. REPERCUSSIONS FOR TRANSPARENCY INTERNATIONAL NZ FOR TRIGGERING ARRESTS OF NZ ANTI-CORRUPTION CAMPAIGNERS.

15 April 2010

Transparency International New Zealand (TINZ)
CEO
Paul Browne

(FYI – On 14 April 2010, Vince Siemer and myself went to 49 Boulcott St Wellington – the address of your office given on the TINZ website – to personally hand-deliver you this correspondence, but TINZ was not one of those organisations listed on the wall as an occupier of that building.)

OPEN LETTER / OFFICIAL INFORMATION / PRIVACY ACT REQUEST

Dear Mr Browne,

ON 13 APRIL 2010: THE WELLINGTON DISTRICT COURT  DISMISSED TRESPASS CHARGES FOR WANT OF PROSECUTION.

BACKGROUND:

On 9 December 2009, on International ‘Anti-corruption Day’, Vince Siemer and I were arrested for trespass at the AGM of Transparency International New Zealand “TINZ”.

http://www.kiwisfirst.co.nz/index.asp?PageID=2145845357#transparency-international-new-zealand

Although both Vince Siemer, and myself, Penny Bright, have proven track records in the fight against corruption and greater transparency in New Zealand – particularly in the judicial and local government arenas – our TINZ membership applications were denied, and our requests to attend the TINZ AGM were denied (although it was open to ‘non-members’).

(For information outlining our work in the anti-corruption area, please see www.kiwisfirst.co.nz and https://waterpressure.wordpress.com )

No reasons have ever been given by TINZ, explaining why our membership and attendance at the AGM were denied, and where our ‘anti-corruption’ work failed to comply with the stated ‘objectives’ of TINZ, as outlined:

” The Rules of Transparency International (New Zealand) Incorporated     –           Date 12 March 2001″

4. Objectives

4.1. The general objectives of the Society are:

(4.1.1. to promote transparency, good governance and ethical practices in the private and public sectors in New Zealand;

(4.1.2. to promote ethical business practices by New Zealand business offshore, and transparency and good governance in our region;

(4.1.3. to contribute to the international effort to reduce corruption and promote good governance and ethical business practices; ”
_________________________________________

Upon the bidding of TINZ leading office holders (including yourself)  –  we were arrested by Police, when we refused to leave.

These trespass charges have now been dismissed in their entirety.

JUST HOW ‘TRANSPARENT’ IS TRANSPARENCY INTERNATIONAL NZ?

1) Under the provisions of the NZ Privacy Act 1993, please provide copies of ALL TINZ correspondence/information; including, but not limited to: emails, reports, meeting minutes, diary notes, pertaining to the above-mentioned trespass charges, and their ‘dismissal’.

2) Under the provisions of the NZ Privacy Act, please provide ALL correspondence/information; including, but not limited to: emails, reports, meeting minutes, diary notes, concerning the  reasons why Vince Siemer and Penny Bright were declined membership of TINZ, and attendance at the 2009 TINZ AGM.

3) Please provide a copy of the ‘Register of Interests’ for Directors of the Board of TINZ.

4) Please provide the following details of all ‘contracts issued’ by TINZ for ‘goods, services and people’, on an annual basis since 2001, including:

a) Name of the contractor / contracting company.

b) Scope of the contract.

c) Value of the contract.

d) Term of the contract.

5) Please provide the information which confirms (or not)- on an annual basis – -whether any contractors employed directly or indirectly by TINZ are current or former members or directors of TINZ.

Yours faithfully,

Penny Bright
Media Spokesperson
Water Pressure Group
Judicially recognised ‘Public Watchdog’ on Metrowater, water and Auckland regional governance matters.
“Anti-corruption campaigner”
waterpressure@gmail.com

Vince Siemer
editor@kiwisfirst.com

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April 15, 2010 - Posted by | Fighting corruption in NZ

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