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Anti-money laundering

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

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.

De-risking: The New Zealand banking policy causing more suffering in war torn countries

1MDB

Trust Us - New Zealand Can Hide Your Money! "Take an off-shore company and combine it with a trust; pay a couple of different firms of lawyers and accountants to manage your affairs (who are always deliberately a little confused about the exact role of the other) and bingo! You have the core ingredients for hiding your money or your property from taxmen and regulators across the world."

1MBD scandal: Judge allows Malaysian businessman tussling for $370m in seized assets to take control of NZ trusts A judge has allowed a controversial Malaysian businessman and his family to take control of New Zealand trusts as they seek to fight the seizure of assets worth $370 million.

Malaysian government prepares to wind up 1MDB amid scandal State fund's assets to be transferred to two companies owned by the Finance Ministry

Jet, mansions figure in $232 million foreign trust case to be heard in Auckland court Auckland court to become scene of battle to prevent US seizure of assets

Case may renew focus on foreigners' use of NZ trusts

Economics

Rosemary McLeod: There is no trickle down, it does not happen

Foreign Land Ownership Register

Clayton Mitchell: New Bill for all kiwis to enjoy "Last Thursday saw the defeat of the Bill, in Winston Peters' name, to set up a 'Foreign Land Ownership Register', so New Zealanders would be able to actually see the numbers."

Land Transfer (Foreign Ownership of Land Register) Amendment Bill

International

UK MPs unite to push for greater transparency from tax havens The UK’s overseas territories face renewed pressure to abandon corporate secrecy after 80 MPs joined forces to demand greater financial transparency from offshore havens.

EU tax transparency plan voted down by national governments Plans for increased tax transparency across the European Union, which would have seen the details of the true owners of secretive companies made public have been watered down by national governments across the bloc.

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

In Donald Trump’s Washington, corruption will be utterly shameless Washington Post

New Zealand transparency, integrity and accountability

Inland Revenue Commissioner’s call to action for multinationals 18 November 2016 Inland Revenue Commissioner Naomi Ferguson issued a call to action for multinationals to be more transparent about their tax affairs.

Value for money: Costing Open Government reforms How can governments ensure that they get their money’s worth when they embrace open government reforms?

The 9 countries best at fighting corruption The World Economic Forum has released its 2017 "Inclusive Growth and Development Report" — a major look into how nations around the world can best ensure that their businesses and institutions function as efficiently as possible.

"Inclusive Growth and Development Report" The World Economic Forum has released its 2017 report, a major look into how nations around the world can best ensure that their businesses and institutions function as efficiently as possible.

Pacific

Solomon’s official faces corruption charges

Corruption Perceptions Index - media coverage in New Zealand

New Zealand reclaims top place in global transparency index New Zealand's government on Wednesday welcomed the country's return to the top of the global anti-corruption rankings.

New Zealand reclaims title as world's least corrupt country Issac Davison of the NZ Herald, Wednesday, 25 January 2017, 6:54PM

New Zealand rockets up the anti-Corruption ratings: a non-Spinoff investigation A look at the numbers behind New Zealand's score.

New Zealand and Denmark deemed the 'least corrupt' countries in the world stuff.co.nz: New Zealand has regained its top spot in a global watchdog's rundown of the most corruption-free countries in the world.

Corruption Perceptions Index 2016: Vicious circle of corruption and inequality must be tackled Rise of populist politicians in many countries is a warning signal. Transparency International's media release.

New Zealand and Denmark deemed the 'least corrupt' countries in the world

NZ rated least corrupt country New Zealand has risen from being the fourth-least corrupt country in the world to be joint top with Denmark in Transparency International's Corruption Perceptions Index.

New Zealand and Denmark deemed the 'least corrupt' countries in the world New Zealand has regained its top spot in a global watchdog's rundown of the most corruption-free countries in the world.

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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

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 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