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Transparency International New Zealand (TINZ) is the recognised New Zealand representative of Transparency International, the global civil society organisation against corruption. We are a not-for-profit incorporated society with charitable status. We are non-political and non-partisan.
A world with trusted integrity systems in which government, politics, business, civil society and the daily lives of people are free of corruption.
New Zealand fell to fourth place in the latest Transparency International Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) released on 27 January, 2016. This is its second consecutive drop in a survey it has previously topped 7 times because of the corruption-free reputation of its public sector.
Denmark, Finland and Sweden are now perceived to have the least corrupt public sectors. New Zealand which was ranked number one in both the 2012 and 2013 surveys, fell behind Denmark in the 2014 CPI and then Sweden and Finland as well in the just-released 2015 survey.
"New Zealand's high trust public sector is its greatest competitive advantage"
-Phil O'Reilly Chief Executive of Business New Zealand
New Zealand's public sector is consistently ranked among the least corrupt in the world. This reputation is not a coincidence. New Zealand has a long tradition of being first with legislation aimed at promoting human rights. Milestones include the Public Service Act 1912 and the Official Information Act 1982.
TINZ is committed to continue this tradition through actions that increase public sector transparency and extend good governance throughout all New Zealand institutions.
Integrity and good governance are important in that they underpin government legitimacy and the freedoms, civil liberties and ability to participate in a democratic state. When people trust their institutions, they are more likely to pay their taxes, fill in their census forms and to comply with laws and regulations.
New Zealand's high trust society is both a national treasure and an economic asset. Forbes magazine ranks New Zealand first on its 2012 list of the Best Countries for Business thanks to a transparent and stable business climate.
Trading partners recognise cost savings for dealing with New Zealand through less need for due diligence, lower contracting costs, and a culture intolerant of corrupt middle men with whom to transact business.
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