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New Zealand – corruption free or is it?
Left to right: Panellists Kirk Hope, Fiona Tregonning, Souella Cumming and Michael Macaulay.
Last month a packed auditorium listened to the second in a series of discussions TINZ and Victoria University of Wellington’s Institute for Governance and Policy Studies (IGPS) is holding, regarding the Organised Crime and Anti-Corruption Legislation bill. This time the discussion centred on the questions: What does the Bill mean for business, government and the community? Why must New Zealand fully ratify the UN Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC)?
The panel included Souella Cumming, Partner KPMG's Advisory practice and Head of Government Services for KPMG New Zealand; Kirk Hope, Chief Executive, New Zealand Bankers' Association; and Fiona Tregonning, Senior Associate, Bell Gully and past Director of TINZ. The moderator was IGPS Director Dr Michael Macaulay who had been a panellist in the first discussion in April entitled the “Business of Bribery”.
Panellist’s concluded New Zealand is not corruption free. Numerous bribery and corruption cases have recently come before the courts in New Zealand, with four convictions between March and May this year. The SFO is also investigating other corruption cases.
The entire panel supported the changes proposed in the bill. They urged business and society to take corruption seriously and for the Government to continue their support of anti-corruption measures. The key message from this discussion was that the New Zealand government, business and community can’t be complacent and corruption can’t be tolerated.
A sound and video recording was taken of the event, the link is https://vstream.victoria.ac.nz/ess/echo/presentation/fd08d8f7-8252-4510-95a8-aa3e5a7fba22.