5. Conclusions — Ngā whakamutunga

The three main conditions for realising the democratic rights principles of popular control and political equality are: a framework of guaranteed citizens’ rights, a system of representative and accountable political institutions subject to popular authorisation and an active civil society. The following themes emerged from the Action Plan consultation:

Where New Zealand does well — Ngā mahi pai e oti nei i Aotearoa

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New Zealand is performing well in the following areas:

Where we need to do better — Kia piki ake te pai i roto i enei wahanga

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There are a number of areas in which improvements could be made to strengthen democratic rights. In particular: