A good start for transparency

The Herald reports:

Environment Canterbury is publishing credit card expenditure on their website in a bid to increase its “openness and transparency.”

It said that after media requests for the information, it now recognised the “public interest” in credit expenditure.

The data was published last week and showed about $4000 of spending over June and July.

A useful start. However what I’d like to see is all local and central government payments over a de minimis amount listed online in a searchable database. That would be real transparency.