In case you missed it

In Case You Missed it highlights articles relevant to addressing issues around transparency, integrity and accountability in New Zealand.

Corruption is rampant worldwide. Reports of grand corruption are frequent, perhaps more common than ever. We are optimistic that improved awareness and better communications tools are making it harder to hide and more visible not more endemic. There are a number of excellent resources for staying current on anti-corruption issues outside of NZ. We suggest starting with:

  • Transparency International by visiting their Stay Informed page. Here you can sign up for a number of mailing lists, follow their social media or even subscribe to an RSS feed.
  • For pacific information we follow AP-INTACT. AP-INTACT is the Asia-Pacific Integrity in Action network, a moderated mailing list facilitated by the Bangkok Regional Hub, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). To subscribe please contact the facilitation team at ap-intact@groups.undp.org.
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Anti-money laundering

G20, China, corruption and asset recovery

Consultation launched to inform new anti-money laundering laws The Ministry of Justice is encouraging businesses affected by upcoming changes to anti-money laundering law to have their say on the proposed reforms.

NZ First Bringing Light on True Extent of Foreign Ownership

In fight against money laundering and terror finance, 'the emperor wears no clothes'

U.K. Companies Could Face Tougher Corruption Laws Under May

Business

NZX calls for greater transparency around CEOs pay

EU's €13bn tax decision angers Ireland, US, and Apple

Secrets of a Global Superior Court BuzzFeed: A secretive global legal system gives corporations leverage over the countries where they operate

NZX best practice code recommends code of ethics

New Zealand transparency, integrity and accountability

Property deals laundering dirty money

Immigration and diversity topics for mayoral debate at Massey

OGP Suggested Actions

NZ POLITICS DAILY: 15 recent stories about democracy and integrity in New Zealand Bryce Edwards: Issues of corruption, transparency, public service integrity, dodgy deals, and breaches of the constitution are all related to each other - they all help or hinder how well democracy works. Here are 15 stories about this important aspect of politics.

Challenge laid down to keep politicians honest

Auckland Transport manager sentenced to home detention for corruption charges

New Zealand government asks public how to become more transparent

Is It A Gift Or Is It A Bribe?

Academic criticises Auckland local body candidates for lack of transparency http://www.stuff.co.nz/auckland/local-news/north-shore-times/83416506/academic-criticises-local-body-candidates-for-lack-of-transparency-about-political-affilitations

Sir Ngatata Love accused of corruption A prominent Maori leader corruptly sold his influence as chairman of the Wellington Tenths Trust, a court has been told.

Panama Papers

Some Shell Companies Sidestep New UK Transparency Rules Some UK shell companies under offshore control may be skirting new rules which were designed to clamp down on corruption and tax evasion by forcing businesses to reveal their true owners

AstraZeneca to pay $5.52 million to resolve SEC foreign bribery case

New Zealand plans tougher tax laws on foreign trusts Tougher international tax laws around foreign trusts have been proposed in New Zealand in line with recommendations made in an inquiry set up in response to the Panama Papers

NZ tax system 'meets EU criteria' New Zealand has little to fear from a European investigation into the Panama papers, according to tax experts and the government.

A New Zealand investor suffered from a raider attack made by the official authorities of the Republic of Kazakhstan

Taiwan jails 14 over railway sex corruption scandal

A Policy Win For Open Source Software in NZ

43 countries, 600 commitments: Was the London Anti-Corruption Summit a success?

Sport

Can sport be purged of corruption or is it just too late?

Five key lessons from the Rio Olympics For sport to inspire it cannot be tainted with corruption. Although the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro produced many stories of great triumphs and inspired performances, it also had its fair share of controversy.

Fifa opens corruption case against Sepp Blatter and Jérôme Valcke

Could NZ Rugby be in trouble over spygate? Even the All Backs' are not immune to the impact of corruption

World Rugby - we're taking bug seriously

All Blacks bugging scandal: Five-day delay 'far from ideal' from anti-corruption perspective, says Malcolm Speed

International

Prosecution to crack down on legal sector corruption South Korea's prosecution on Wednesday announced a set of measures to fight against irregularities involving legal professionals amid a series of corruption scandals rocking the country.

Fight against corruption high on PNG agenda The fight against corruption is expected to be high on the agenda of Papua New Guinea parliamen.

Anti-corruption gaining momentum in the Pacific: UN The United Nations Development Programme says the fight against corruption in the Pacific is gaining momentum.

Australian Parliament must act to stem corruption fears

3 men in line for Brazilian presidency accused of corruption

China secures return of hundreds of corruption suspects

New Zealand police strike deal with Chinese corruption suspect

Corruption whistleblower should be protected not punished

Three things to highlight from G20’s new effort on fighting corruption

vTaiwan: Public Participation Methods on the Cyberpunk Frontier of Democracy

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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