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The Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) ranks countries "by their perceived levels of corruption, as determined by expert assessments and opinion surveys."
Produced annually by Transparency International the CPI ranks countries on a scale from 100 (very clean) to 0 (highly corrupt) based on external surveys and assessments from 13 reputable international organizations. The CPI measures perception of corruption due to the difficulty of measuring absolute levels of corruption.
First released in 1995, it is the best known of TI's tools. It has been widely credited with putting TI and the issue of corruption on the international policy agenda.
The Index has consistently shown New Zealand as a country with low levels of corruption in its public sector. Since its inception, the country has always scored in the 98th percentile, with a score of 90 in 2012, and ranks either at the top or within the top three countries in the world.
The CPI focus is on corruption of public officials and government entities.
The TINZ 2013 Integrity Plus National Integrity System Assessment provides insight into the strengths of New Zealand's institutions and their contribution to our corruption intolerant society.
Factors that contribute to New Zealand's strength include:
There are a number of factors that could lead to increased levels of corruption in New Zealand and a lower international perception.
Note: There is a highly significant correlation between real gross domestic product per capita and CPI ranking; New Zealand is an exception with a markedly lower GDP/Capita.