From The Chair

Suzanne Snively

Suzanne Snively
TINZ Chair

Diplomacy and sport are areas where New Zealand punches above its weight on the international stage. And in each case, an attribute is a focus on fairness and trust, factors that contribute to international experts' assessments, compiled into the TI CPI ranking New Zealand as one of the least corrupt public sectors on the globe.

And yet corruption has been very much at the forefront of the news here this past month. In sport, the football under-20 competition in New Zealand was clouded by corruption allegations going all the way to the top of FIFA. True to its values, New Zealand voted against Sepp Blatter's continued leadership. It is encouraging that our sport governance organizations insist on true reform within FIFA and throughout the sporting world.

In the case of diplomacy, however, the values underpinning governance actions are murkier. New Zealand’s reputation for integrity, based on the TI CPI, helped secure its position on the United Nations Security Council, which it chairs this month.

However, has the New Zealand Government's deal with a Saudi businessman over live sheep trading compromised our reputation for integrity?

This issue illustrates the complexity of preventing corrupt practice when there is a lack of transparency over international deals.

Suzanne Snively, Chair
Transparency International New Zealand Inc.


Recent Activity

Corruption Perceptions Index 2016 TINZ media release
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TINZ OGP Submission
Transparency International New Zealand (TINZ) submitted recommendations for New Zealand’s second Open Government Partnership (OGP) National Action Plan (NAP). Among the recommendations were a call for more ambition in creating NAPs and developing channels of communication for improving engagement with citizens. 19 Aug, 2016

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1 Aug, 2016

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1 Aug, 2016

London Summit 2016 NZ Statement Commitments Progress
31 Jul, 2016

New Zealand Country Statement Anti Corruption Summit London 2016
29 May, 2016

Shewan Inquiry Submission Media Release
TINZ has provided its submission to the Shewan Inquiry calling on the government to widen the terms of reference to protect New Zealand's reputation and future proof our laws following the release of the "Panama papers". 21 May, 2016

CPI 2015 TINZ Media Release
Corruption Free? NZ drops again. New Zealand has fallen to fourth place in the Transparency International Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI). 26 Jan, 2016