2015 Corruption Perceptions Index a wake-up call for New Zealand

The reaction in New Zealand to the release of the 2015 Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) and the country's drop in rank is broader and stronger than ever. We are encouraged by the media coverage. More than ever, senior political officials expressed awareness and contributed to the dialog thereby becoming engaged New Zealand anti-corruption efforts, including:

  • increasing global pressure to fight and prevent corruption
  • organisations increasingly measured by their behaviors; reputations are critical
  • recognition that New Zealand can no longer be complacent and will have to take action to repair its reputation.

Online Media Coverage

Some of the coverage we have seen:

The general consensus of the media is the fall in ranking reflects the complacent behaviour of Government.

Getting back to #1

TINZ is focused on working with the public sector to restore our number one position.

  • Politicians and senior public officials need to commit corruption awareness and prevention, making it a resourced strategic objective.
  • The recommendations of the Integrity Plus 2013 New Zealand National Integrity System Assessment (NIS) need to be broadly and more aggressively addressed. Current initiatives lack executive support and proper funding.
  • We call on The State Services Commission and other affected agencies to embrace the Open Government Partnership Grand Challenge with new and innovative ways to foster open government rather than repackaging existing programs and offering lip service to the process.
  • TINZ continues to analyze CPI data sources to determine where we perform at less than best in world levels. As we better understand the data we will recommend viable actions using the NIS, Open Government Partnership and global best practices as guidelines.
  • We call on Business and non-government organization leaders to not only demand action from the public sector but to look inside their organizations and ensure that proper training and controls are in place to prevent corrupt practices and protect their reputation.


Recent Activity

Defence Inquiry Media Release
Transparency needed to support the integrity of our Defence Force 2 Apr, 2017

Corruption Perceptions Index 2016 TINZ media release
Transparency International’s 2016 Corruption Perception Index (TI CPI) has found that the New Zealand and Denmark public sectors are the least corrupt in the world. 25 Jan, 2017

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