OPINION: From the moment she took office in 2017, Jacinda Ardern promised her government would be the most open and transparent New Zealand has seen.
In her first formal speech to Parliament she pledged: “This government will foster a more open and democratic society. It will strengthen transparency around official information.”
Since then the numbers of faceless communications specialists have skyrocketed. The Government’s iron grip on the control of information has tightened.
And it is now harder than ever to get information.
* Ministers secretive over Late Show host Stephen Colbert discussions
* Government ignores plea to outlaw ministerial interference in OIA responses
* Redacted – how information the public should know about disappears from view
This year, I have made more…