2003 New Zealand National Integrity System Study

The 2003 New Zealand NIS study goes beyond a focus on corruption and the features of the governance framework. The narrative sections and recommendations also assess governance in NZ against standards that reflect citizen expectations, legal requirements and international best practises. The NIS study identifies areas where action is required to strengthen transparency and accountability in NZ and make the National Integrity Systems more effective and sustainable.

The concept of the National Integrity System (NIS) has been developed and promoted by TI as part of its holistic approach to countering corruption. The NIS consists of the key institutions, laws and practices that contribute to integrity, transparency and accountability in a society.

The main ‘pillars’ of the NIS are considered to be the following:



Political Parties

Electoral Commissions

Supreme Audit



Public Sector

Police and Prosecutors

Public Procurement


Anti-corruption Agencies


Civil Society

Private Sector

Regional and Local Government

International Institutions

The NIS approach underpins many aspects of TI’s work, including much of the national and international advocacy undertaken by the TI movement. It also provides the conceptual basis for many TI publications, including the TI Source Book, the Anti-Corruption Handbook: National Integrity Systems in Practice and the NIS Country Study series.


Recent Activity

Protect our whistleblowers
Transparency International New Zealand (TINZ) is calls for better whistleblower protection. 8 Aug, 2017

Auditor General resignation requires transparency
Transparency International New Zealand (TINZ) calls on Parliament to release the report by Sir Maarten Wevers that lead to the resignation of Auditor-General Martin Matthews. 5 Aug, 2017

TINZ applauds decline in foreign trusts
Government implementation of tougher disclosure requirements for foreign trusts have led to around 75% discontinuing or exiting New Zealand. 9 Jul, 2017

Public Sector Integrity Media Release
State Services Commission took a very positive step in addressing a key recommendation of TINZ's Integrity Plus 2013 New Zealand National Integrity System Assessment by advertising a role for Deputy Commissioner, Integrity, Ethics and Standards. 11 May, 2017

Corruption Perceptions Index 2016 TINZ media release
Transparency International 25 Jan, 2017