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New Zealand transparency, integrity and accountability

Foreign trusts whittled down after new rules

Foreign trusts 'fled' from the sunlight - Labour

NZ failing its whistleblowers New research has raised concerns about how New Zealand organisations are protecting those who speak out about wrongdoing. Do we need to do more to look out for our whistleblowers?

Conflicts of interest on the rise in Australasia Deloitte ABC of bribery and corruption for 2017

New Zealand now 9th equal on world Social Progress Index New Zealand remains one of the best places in the world to live, according to a global survey that has us level pegging in the top 10 with our Tasman neighbours. In 2015, New Zealand was in the number one spot but bulging waistlines and soaring house prices pushed us down the rankings in successive surveys.

'Corruption is real in New Zealand, it's happening' New Zealand is not as honest and free of corruption as it likes to believe, according to a new report.

Outdated and increasingly toothless, the Official Information Act needs an overhaul Democracy around the world is under threat, and New Zealand is not immune. Here, government attitudes to official information are hampering democratic debate and accountability, writes Sir Geoffrey Palmer.

T&G celebrates 120 years in NZ Exceeding customers' expectations and innovating but with an honesty, integrity and transparency back to our suppliers.” Andrew Kearney, executive GM of New Zealand at T&G Global, highlighted the depth of the group's ...

The latest news from Superu with reference to TINZ (refer to 'Adding value to the sector').

Editorial: Thiel case shows need for transparency Citizenship is something to be treasured, not bestowed in secret. New Zealanders have the right to know who is being granted this gift, from the moment it is made.

Actions risked New Zealand’s reputation Press Release: Serious Fraud Office

Pacific

Papua New Guinea election descends into chaos amid violence and claims of bribery Voting was suspended in the capital after three election officials were found to be carrying over US$50,000 in cash, suspicious documents and ballot papers.

NZ to help Pacific combat money laundering New Zealand Foreign Minister Gerry Brownlee has announced a significant boost to support Pacific island countries comply with international anti-money laundering standards.

Taking a lend: concerns over China aid to Pacific The head of Australia’s foreign ­affairs department has raised concerns about the transparency of tendering in China’s Belt and Road Initiative and about unsustainable lending to Pacific nations.

Australian doors wide open for money stolen in PNG Blog from PNG, New Zealand's position is similar to Australia's.

International

EU Backs New Tax Transparency Rules For Multinationals

Activists and experts ridicule OECD’s tax havens ‘blacklist’ as a farce Ahead of the G20 summit of world leaders next week in Hamburg, Germany, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) released on Wednesday a list of countries that are failing to meet international tax transparency standards.

Oxfam disputes opaque OECD failing with just one tax haven on transparency According to the Paris-based Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, just one country fails to comply with international transparency standards, which Oxfam strongly disputes.

Transparency for intermediaries On 21st June 2017, the European Commission has proposed new transparency rules for intermediaries that design or sell potentially harmful tax schemes.

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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