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New Zealand transparency, integrity and accountability

Alicia Wright as Electoral Commissioner. Alisi commits to continue the Electoral Commission’s role of protecting and extending integrity.

The Mega Rich Have Found an Unlikely New Refuge New Zealand’s isolation is a virtue amid terror, U.S. election and Brexit spurs wave of interest from Brits seeking to migrate.

Shewan report The Inquiry has reported its findings and recommendations to the Ministers.

The 25 richest, healthiest, happiest, and most advanced countries in the world New Zealand — Officially the most prosperous country on earth, according to the Legatum Institute, New Zealand ranked top of both the social capital and economic quality sub-indexes, and 2nd for business environment and governance.

Progress in bringing more open government welcomed Transparency International welcomes progress in bringing more open government.

Second Open Government National Action Plan State Services Minister Paula Bennett has today announced the publication of New Zealand’s second National Action Plan under the international Open Government Partnership.

The Potential to Correct Corruption Five reasons to take a fresh look at how you address bribery and corruption risks in your business.

The rich have found a place to escape the horrors of the world: New Zealand "The thing that was always working against New Zealand -- the tyranny of distance -- is the very thing that becomes its strength as the world becomes more uncertain..."

The trust paradox Discussion about reconciling security and privacy blog post from the OAG's Ann Webster

Launch of Policy Project frameworks John Key discusses free and frank advice.

Saudi Sheep

'Shortcomings' but no corruption in sheep deal - Auditor-General A report on the government's Saudi sheep deal by the Auditor-General has found no evidence of corruption, but has heavily criticised government processes.

Auditor-General report shows taxpayers' concern justified The Taxpayers’ Union has welcomed today’s release of the Auditor General’s report on the Inquiry into the Saudi Arabia Food Security Partnership. "It appears our blowing the whistle on this issue was completely justified,” says Jordan Williams, Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director.

Saudi sheep deal not corrupt, had 'significant shortcomings', report finds While Auditor General Lyn Provost has found no evidence of corruption, she says a contract the Government signed with Saudi businessman Hmood Al Ali Al Khalaf "does not tell the full story" about the reasons for the deal.

Rachel Smalley: Lack of clarity, transparency around Saudi sheep deal baffling

Opinion: This is not how NZ does business New Zealand has now shown it is prepared to make unorthodox compromises in the shadows – so what will the next potential trading partner ask for?

Not corrupt, just idiotic: Why the Saudi deal report is still terrible for Murray McCully The Spinoff, by Ben Thomas, 3 November 2016

Editorial: Ethical dilemma Otago Daily Times: There have been serious shortcomings identified in the report which are unlikely to ever be answered by a Government determined to sweep aside any perceived wrongdoing by its ministers. No-one is being held to account for the Saudi deal and that is the real travesty.

Editorial: Saudi sheep deal a fiasco and a shambles The Dominion Post: In this case a more transparent approach would have avoided the diplomatic mess that was the root of so much trouble. Transparency, in other words, is the best policy.

Saudi deal a wolf in sheep's clothing It wasn't illegal, but Murray McCully's Saudi sheep deal was disturbing.

Stacey Kirk: Rising corruption investigations are a symptom of growing mistrust This government has never been found to be corrupt. But can it say it carries the perception it is trustworthy?

Sport

Corruption in sport is just one of many types of fraud New Zealand’s first International Fraud Film Festival

China

Xi’s Agents of Fear Keep Party on Edge in Anti-Graft Fight As President Xi Jinping’s anti-corruption campaign enters its fifth year ore than 1 million officials have been punished as of the end of last month, according to government statistics.

China denounces those who say graft battle aimed at political foes

International

Stiglitz and Pieth Panama Papers report: a roadmap for global transparency in the 21st century By Max Heywood Transparency International on 15 November 2016. Notes recommendations in the report that are closely aligned with policies recommended by that anti-corruption advocates.

Hundreds of properties could be seized in UK corruption crackdown Hundreds of British properties suspected of belonging to corrupt politicians, tax evaders and criminals could be seized by enforcement agencies under tough new laws designed to tackle London’s reputation as a haven for dirty money

Overcoming the Shadow Economy International Policy Analysis by Joseph E Stiglitz and Mark Pieth. November 2016

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Lessons learned from the Saudi sheep saga pdfsr.com

Lessons learned from the Saudi sheep saga Of concern is that the judgement that the deal was within the law has the potential itself to raise eyebrows offshore - The Saudi contracts may be lawful but the optics are awful.

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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

Safeguarding the public interest in research
1 Aug, 2016

EU and New Zealand tax transparency
1 Aug, 2016

London Summit 2016 NZ Statement Commitments Progress
31 Jul, 2016

New Zealand Country Statement Anti Corruption Summit London 2016
29 May, 2016

Shewan Inquiry Submission Media Release
TINZ has provided its submission to the Shewan Inquiry calling on the government to widen the terms of reference to protect New Zealand's reputation and future proof our laws following the release of the "Panama papers". 21 May, 2016

CPI 2015 TINZ Media Release
Corruption Free? NZ drops again. New Zealand has fallen to fourth place in the Transparency International Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI). 26 Jan, 2016