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.

Actions

Recent Activity

TINZ applauds decline in foreign trusts
Government implementation of tougher disclosure requirements for foreign trusts have led to around 75% discontinuing or exiting New Zealand. 9 Jul, 2017

Public Sector Integrity Media Release
State Services Commission took a very positive step in addressing a key recommendation of TINZ's Integrity Plus 2013 New Zealand National Integrity System Assessment by advertising a role for Deputy Commissioner, Integrity, Ethics and Standards. 11 May, 2017

Corruption Perceptions Index 2016 TINZ media release
Transparency International 25 Jan, 2017