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The Integrity Plus 2013 New Zealand National Integrity System Assessment was released by Transparency International New Zealand on International Anti-Corruption Day, 9 December 2013.
This landmark report reveals that serious and urgent action is needed to protect and extend integrity in New Zealand. Recent incidents and investigations of corruption, and increasing public concern, provide a compelling case for a more pro-active approach to these issues.
According to Co-Director Suzanne Snively "Our report finds that the mechanisms that support a high integrity and high trust society, and that facilitate social and economic development, remain generally robust but are coming under increasing stress. There has been complacency in the face of increased risks".
An integrity system assessment takes stock of the integrity with which entrusted authority is exercised.
Integrity Plus 2013 New Zealand National Integrity System Assessment is an independent and in-depth assessment of the quality of transparency and accountability in the public and private sectors, and the integrity of New Zealand's overall governance systems.
This study is more comprehensive, more consultative, and more effective than our first NIS published 10 years ago. It has proceeded from a strict assessment into an active implementation phase.
This project is a substantial commitment on the part of TINZ and its partners to create a definitive roadmap for a corruption intolerant New Zealand.
The framework and methodology on which the Integrity Plus 2013 New Zealand report is based has been developed by Transparency International (TI) and applied by TI national chapters in over 100 studies. The New Zealand report covers the three branches of government (legislature, executive, and judiciary), key watch-dog agencies, law enforcement, political parties, the media, business, and NGOs.
Citizens have a right to information - a principle well established in such codes as the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and our Official Information Act (1982). Transparency is also a precondition for effective public debate, strengthens accountability, promotes fairer and more effective and efficient governance, and strengthens the legitimacy of institutions.
Integrity Plus 2013 New Zealand National Integrity System Assessment in sections for easy access. Click on the link to read online or right click and 'Save Target As' to down load.
The following four supplementary papers were commissioned at an early stage of the New Zealand National Integrity System (NIS) assessment project to assist in the assessment of the public sector, and in the case of the paper on fiscal transparency, also the assessment of the legislature. They cover areas of particular importance to the New Zealand NIS which, in the opinion of TINZ, needed to be considered in more detail or greater depth than was practical in the confines of the standard NIS assessment report.
The papers have been drawn on in the preparation of the assessment report, but also contain much of value for which there was no room in the report. They have been reviewed by the Integrity Plus Research Advisory group (IPRAG) and by the TINZ co-directors in the same way as the main report.
A further two papers have been produced in conjunction with the NIS report and are also published below. Their status is slightly different from that of the supplementary papers as they have not been reviewed by IPRAG or the co-directors, although both have been peer-reviewed. The paper on tax expenditures complements the supplementary paper on fiscal transparency, while the paper on local government draws on and expands the research done in preparing material for the public sector pillar report.