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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.