The Department of Internal Affairs suggested a tightening of the rules around ministerial grants of citizenship after the case of tech billionaire Peter Thiel came to light.
Then-minister Peter Dunne was interested in the proposed reforms, which included an open citizenship register, but did not manage to enact them before leaving Government.
An open citizenship register is a good idea. We should know who is and is not a citizen of New Zealand. It would also be helpful with checking eligibility of candidates for election.
I hope Labour pursues this idea.