2011 Corruption Perceptions Index Ranks New Zealand as the Least Corrupt Country

On 1 December 2011, Transparency International released its annual Global Corruption Perceptions Index. The Index, compiled by the Transparency International Secretariat in Berlin, shows that New Zealand is perceived as the least corrupt country internationally.


The Index, which ranks 182 countries across the world, has consistently shown New Zealand as a country with a strong reputation for clean government.

The 2011 Corruption Perceptions Index as it applies to New Zealand

In its press release concerning the 2011 CPI, Transparency Internationalís New Zealand Chapter warns against using the countryís performance on the Index as an excuse for complacency and urges the incoming Government to expedite necessary reforms in order to maintain New Zealandís reputation.

In a timely presentation at the latest TI-NZ annual general meeting Sylvie Leduc of Ignite Consultants presented the latest results of the project they are conducting on behalf of TI-NZ. This project is analysing "The Derivation of New Zealandís High Ranking on the Corruption Perception Index." Ignite's consultants have been investigating which survey questions go into New Zealand's historic CPI ranking, who answers them, and what can and canít we conclude about the likely level of corruption in New Zealand on the basis of the Corruption Perception Index. Ignite's full report will be posted here soon.

Related information about New Zealandís performance include TI-NZ publications the "2010 Global Corruption Barometer as it Relates to New Zealand", a related assessment: "As good as we are perceived?" and the recently conculded public sector fraud survey by The Office of the Auditor-General "Cleanest Public Sector in the World: Keeping Fraud at Bay."

New Zealand has a solid system of mutually-supportive institutions and practices spanning the executive, legislative and judicial branches, together with an active media and civil society, that helps to contain the risk of systemic corruption compared to most other countries in the world. The role of widely held norms of integrity, honesty and trust throughout society are also critical in supporting the legal framework. However, there are significant risks to the maintenance of this state of affairs that need to be addressed. Specifics are available in 2003 New Zealand National Integrity System Study which while published in 2003 remains pertinent.

Transparency International New Zealand is constantly looking for new members committed to supporting or spearheading initiatives to eradicate corruption and bribery wherever they occur. For New Zealand, good governance in public and private organizations is critical for our countryís economic and ethical well being and international competitiveness.

2011 Corruption Perceptions Index

The Transparency International website contains details about the 2011 Corruption Perceptions Index.

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