National Integrity Systems

The National Integrity System (NIS) assessment approach provides a framework which anti-corruption organisations can use to analyse both the extent and causes of corruption in a given country as well as the effectiveness of national anti-corruption efforts. 

Integrity Plus 2013 New Zealand
National Integrity System Assessment

The Integrity Plus 2013 New Zealand National Integrity System Assessment was released by Transparency International New Zealand on International Anti-Corruption Day, 9 December 2013.

This landmark report reveals that serious and urgent action is needed to protect and extend integrity in New Zealand. Recent incidents and investigations of corruption, and increasing public concern, provide a compelling case for a more pro-active approach to these issues.

According to Co-Director Suzanne Snively "Our report finds that the mechanisms that support a high integrity and high trust society, and that facilitate social and economic development, remain generally robust but are coming under increasing stress. There has been complacency in the face of increased risks".

An integrity system assessment takes stock of the integrity with which entrusted authority is exercised.

Integrity Plus 2013 New Zealand National Integrity System Assessment is an independent and in-depth assessment of the quality of transparency and accountability in the public and private sectors, and the integrity of New Zealand's overall governance systems.

This study is more comprehensive, more consultative, and more effective than our first NIS published 10 years ago. It has proceeded from a strict assessment into an active implementation phase.

This project is a substantial commitment on the part of TINZ and its partners to create a definitive roadmap for a corruption intolerant New Zealand.

Background Information

A National Integrity System

The framework and methodology on which the Integrity Plus 2013 New Zealand report is based has been developed by Transparency International (TI) and applied by TI national chapters in over 100 studies. The New Zealand report covers the three branches of government (legislature, executive, and judiciary), key watch-dog agencies, law enforcement, political parties, the media, business, and NGOs.

Transparency Matters

Citizens have a right to information - a principle well established in such codes as the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and our Official Information Act (1982). Transparency is also a precondition for effective public debate, strengthens accountability, promotes fairer and more effective and efficient governance, and strengthens the legitimacy of institutions.

Documents

Integrity Plus 2013 Chapters and Pillars

Integrity Plus 2013 New Zealand National Integrity System Assessment in sections for easy access. Click on the link to read online or right click and 'Save Target As' to down load.

Supplementary Papers

The following four supplementary papers were commissioned at an early stage of the New Zealand National Integrity System (NIS) assessment project to assist in the assessment of the public sector, and in the case of the paper on fiscal transparency, also the assessment of the legislature. They cover areas of particular importance to the New Zealand NIS which, in the opinion of TINZ, needed to be considered in more detail or greater depth than was practical in the confines of the standard NIS assessment report.

The papers have been drawn on in the preparation of the assessment report, but also contain much of value for which there was no room in the report. They have been reviewed by the Integrity Plus Research Advisory group (IPRAG) and by the TINZ co-directors in the same way as the main report.

Additional papers

A further two papers have been produced in conjunction with the NIS report and are also published below. Their status is slightly different from that of the supplementary papers as they have not been reviewed by IPRAG or the co-directors, although both have been peer-reviewed. The paper on tax expenditures complements the supplementary paper on fiscal transparency, while the paper on local government draws on and expands the research done in preparing material for the public sector pillar report.

National Integrity Systems and NIS Assessments

The National Integrity System (NIS) assessment approach provides a framework which anti-corruption organisations can use to analyse both the extent and causes of corruption in a given country as well as the effectiveness of national anti-corruption efforts.

This analysis is undertaken via a consultative approach, involving the key anti-corruption agents in government, civil society, the business community and other relevant sectors with a view to building momentum, political will and civic pressure for relevant reform initiatives.

The assessment makes use of the concept of the National Integrity System (NIS), which has been developed and promoted by TI as part of its holistic approach to countering corruption. The NIS consists of the principle institutions and actors that contribute to integrity, transparency and accountability in a society.

The NIS approach underpins many aspects of TI's work, including much of the national and international advocacy undertaken by the TI movement. It also provides the conceptual basis for many TI publications, including the NIS country assessments, the TI Source Book, and the Anti-Corruption Handbook: National Integrity Systems in Practice.


New Zealand NIS History and Background

Policy Implications of Transparency International New Zealand Integrity Plus 2013 National Integrity System Assessment
On 14 March 2014 key leaders of the Integrity Plus 2013 New Zealand National Integrity System Assessment presented a recap of its findings and discussed implementation during a presentation at the Department of Treasury 14 Mar, 2014
TINZ NZ 2013 NIS Background
TINZ 2013 NIS background material with links to the "Elements of a National Integrity System" and the 2003 New Zealand NIS. 10 Nov, 2013
TINZ NIS 2013 Research Project
Details about the TINZ Integrity Plus 2013 National Integrity System Assessment Project. Website pages and newsletter articles published in the project initiation phase of the TINZ New Zealand 2013 Integrity Plus National Integrity System Assessment. 9 Nov, 2013
TINZ NIS 2013 Project Initiation
Website pages and newsletter articles published in the project initiation phase of the TINZ New Zealand 2013 Integrity Plus National Integrity System Assessment. 8 Nov, 2013
TINZ Releases Some NIS Emergant Findings
Released at a public forum on 8 May were emergent findings for Judiciary, Electoral Management, Ombudsman, Supreme Audit Institution and OAG, Media and several Public Sector Components. 8 May, 2013
2003 New Zealand National Integrity System Assessment
The 2003 New Zealand NIS study goes beyond a focus on corruption and governance framework. The narrative sections and recommendations also assess governance in NZ against standards that reflect citizen expectations, legal requirements and international best practises. 1 May, 2003
TI Source Book 2000 - The Elements of a National Integrity System
The TI Source Book 2000 Confronting Corruption: The Elements of a National Integrity System by Jeremy Pope 1 Jan, 2000

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