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Anti-money laundering

NZ says government will be money-laundering watchdog for lawyers, estate agents The New Zealand government rejected a proposal for industries to police new money-laundering rules themselves.

Exposure draft released of new anti-money laundering laws The Government press release on beehive.govt.nz

http://www.justice.govt.nz/justice-sector-policy/key-initiatives/aml-cft/ AML Phase II on the Ministry of Justice Website

New Zealand transparency, integrity and accountability

New Zealand To Seek More Tax Transparency From MNEs New Zealand's Inland Revenue Commissioner, Naomi Ferguson, has called on local and foreign-owned multinational corporations to be more transparent about their international tax affairs.

LGNZ backs call for more responsibility for local government Local Government New Zealand is welcoming a new report calling for greater clarity in the roles and responsibilities of local and central government in New Zealand.

Business Insider on the Prosperity Index The 25 richest, healthiest, happiest, and most advanced countries in the world.

Primary sector groups see bonuses in improved trade deal with China The "big three" - dairy, meat and forestry - have all said New Zealand stands to gain from a revamp and full implementation of the 2008 FTA, which itself was instrumental in making China one of the country's leading trade partners.

Legatum Institute 2016 Prosperity Index New Zealand Announced as the Most Prosperous Country in the World in 2016 Legatum Prosperity Index™.

Alexander Gillespie: NZ's end of year report - Could try harder While we score high in the indices for peace and transparency, our poverty and inequality gaps have grown.

Highlights and Lowlights of the Global Bribery Crisis The outlook for global bribery is becoming increasingly polarized, owing to several new countries deemed “very low risk,” and a rising number of nation states falling into the “very high risk,” categories, according to a new report.

Auckland Transport officials guilty of corruption A company director and an Auckland Transport senior official have been found guilty of giving and accepting bribes of more than $1 million.

National’s Foreign Ownership Cover-Up Continues National’s cover-up of foreign ownership of land in New Zealand continues, says New Zealand First Leader and Northland Member of Parliament Rt Hon Winston Peters.

International battle against corruption: What does this mean for business in China? China, New Zealand December 15 2016. New Zealand has strengthened its commitment to combat bribery following the London Anti-Corruption Summit.

Student visa fraud: 'It's not about education'

The back story to New Zealand PM John Key's Panama Papers crisis Excellent coverage of the issues, arguments and lack of significant progress from the Shewan Inquiry. October 2016

Pacific

Corruption increasing in Solomons says watchdog group The chairperson of Transparency Solomon Islands says corruption continues to rise in the country despite increased efforts to combat it.

Solomon's PM describes corruption as a cancer The Solomon Islands Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare has warned that seven more arrests related to corruption will be made in the coming days.

International

Bribery Is on the Rise Worldwide, and It Costs A Lot More Than Just Money

Corruption Currents: Bribery Isn’t a ‘Taboo’ For Indian Bureaucrats Bribery “is not a taboo in a government job,” an Indian bureaucrat said. wsj.com. Corruption roundup

Why does the rich-poor gap continue to grow? A new book, Reinventing Prosperity, by Graeme Maxton and Jorgen Randers, published Nov 2016 by Greystone, suggests radical solutions. An extract. There has been a “power grab” by the rich. The world's fattest fat-cats of manipulating the political system to rig the rules of the game in their favor, so that they are taxed less, regulated less, and scrutinized less. As a result, wealth and income have been moving in the opposite direction from what people [regard as fair tax].

Panama Struggles to Shed Its Image as a Magnet for Shady Deals

Global Partnership to Open New Fronts in Fight Against Corruption The Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP) and Transparency International (TI) are joining forces in a first of its kind partnership to root out grand corruption on a global scale, the Global Anti-Corruption Consortium.

Unmasking the real owners of London property Nine out of ten overseas companies owning London property are registered in secrecy jurisdictions, according to new research from Thomson Reuters and Transparency International UK. Why does that matter?

An Interview with India's Most Wanted Cartoonist

Jho Low Family Digs in to Stop 1MDB Asset Seizure by U.S . Malaysian financier Low Taek Jho’s family is reaching far and wide to stop the U.S. from seizing $650 million in real estate and business investments the government claims were acquired with funds stolen from his home country.

17 International Anti-Corruption Conference: The time for justice, equity, security and trust is now . The 17th International Anti-Corruption Conference (IACC) with the theme Time for Justice: Equity, Security, Trust concluded today in Panama City with a call for people all over the world to come together with activists, governments, business and the media to defeat corruption and hold them to account in an era where integrity and truth are under attack.

Transparency International calls for ending the secrecy that enables corruption Meeting in Panama City today, representatives from more than 110 Transparency International chapters and members unanimously adopted a resolution calling for an end to the secrecy that enables corruption and contributes to inequality worldwide.

The TRACE Matrix® The Global Business Bribery Risk Index for Compliance Professionals

Christine Lagarde on Trial in France, Overshadowing I.M.F. Role

Tackling corruption together: A call for collaboration The knowledge of how to fight corruption is growing, and the effect of these learnings can be amplified if business, governments and international institutions work together. By Kristin Berglund, Head of Anti-Corruption & Foreign Trade Controls, Maersk Line for the Huffington Post

Rigging the bids Government contracting is growing less competitive, and often more corrupt. The Economist

Labour peer turns down a job with £160,000 salary, Mayfair mansion and chauffeur-driven car... because men before her were paid even MORE

Sérgio Cabral, Ex-Governor of Rio de Janeiro, Arrested on Corruption Charges The former governor of Rio de Janeiro, who helped bring the Summer Olympics to the city, was arrested as part of an investigation into bribery and embezzlement in construction projects.

Indian bureaucrat with 'black money' stash: Bribes not taboo

Penetrating the offshore sector The following hypothetical case, a composite of cases appearing in the public record, is representative of the types of matters where Kroll is tasked to investigate financial fraud in the offshore sector. (A good case study description)

Sport

IAAF plans transparency amid new corruption claims Just as the IAAF is about to endorse wide-ranging changes to its governance aimed at making the organization more ethical, transparent and accountable, world athletics' governing body is being assailed by more claims of corruption.

TINZ published media releases

Today is Anti-corruption Day TINZ media release pick up

Anti-corruption Day: NZ must remain vigilant Friday 9 December marks International Anti-Corruption Day. This was established after the passage of the United Nations Convention Against Corruption in October 2003 and came into being because of the UN's concerns over the huge dangers corruption poses to societies in all countries.

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Protect our whistleblowers
Transparency International New Zealand (TINZ) is calls for better whistleblower protection. 8 Aug, 2017

Auditor General resignation requires transparency
Transparency International New Zealand (TINZ) calls on Parliament to release the report by Sir Maarten Wevers that lead to the resignation of Auditor-General Martin Matthews. 5 Aug, 2017

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