Progress on Integrity Plus 2013 New Zealand National Integrity System Assessment Recommendations
In December of 2013 TINZ published its Integrity Plus 2013 New Zealand National Integrity System Assessment, an independent and in-depth assessment of the quality of transparency and accountability in the public, civil society and private sectors, and of the integrity of New Zealand's overall governance systems.
The core message of this report is that stronger action to promote and protect integrity in New Zealand is overdue.
The report concludes with seven primary recommendations for strengthening New Zealand's integrity systems. The conclusion and recommendations are described in detail in Chapter 6 of the full report (see www.transparency.org.nz/nis). Recommendations are directed to a particular institution or sector to implement.
This is a brief update summarising progress in regards to the 7 recommendations.
1. A comprehensive national anti-corruption strategy combined with rapid ratification of the UN Convention against Corruption.
The Organised Crime and Anti-corruption Legislation Bill was tabled in Parliament in June 2014. It now needs to progress through the house. Passage will open the door to UNCAC ratification and represent progress on the development of an anti-corruption strategy.
2. An ambitious New Zealand Action Plan for the international Open Government Partnership
The New Zealand State Services Commission, the agency leading New Zealand's OGP work, submitted an action plan to the international body of the OGP by the July 31 deadline. As there was limited public participation, the plan will require further consultation for it to achieve the label of ambitious.
3. Strengthen transparency, integrity and accountability systems
The State Services Commission is facilitating the development of a State Sector Integrity System Road Map advising it aims to address the NIS analysis as a basis for specifying ways to strengthen the transparency, integrity and accountability systems across the entire state sector. The nature of the election campaign reinforces the need identified in the NIS for civics to be embedded into the curriculum for primary and secondary schools.
4. Strengthen the role of the permanent public sector
Little has been achieved to date in this recommendation area which includes extending the overage of the OIA,introducing a code of conduct for MP’s, and an independent review to clarify free and frank advice between the political executive and the public sector. TINZ will aim to promote initiatives through the Open Government Partnership action plan and the State Sector Integrity System Road Map.
5. Support, reinforce and improve the roles of the Electoral Commission, the judiciary, and the Ombudsman
The Ombudsman received additional funding in 2013 to support the Ombudsman’s mandate and capacity. It is apparent from this election campaign that there is much work to be done to ensure that these stronger pillars are kept that way.
6. A much more proactive role for the business community, the media, and non-government organisations
TINZ commends the inclusion of business and civil society representatives to advise on the development of the State Sector Integrity System Road Map and their involvement with the TINZ/SFO Anti-corruption Online Training in June 2014.
It is essential that the business community, the media, and non-government organisations are actively engaged in progressing the next version of the OGP Action Plan.
7. Public sector agencies to better understand how to further strengthen integrity systems.
TINZ continues to speak to audiences throughout New Zealand to promote anti-corruption and advocates ongoing research, review and increasing public education to strengthen integrity systems.
TINZ is leading an ongoing process aimed at overcoming complacency through speaking to large audiences throughout New Zealand. The nature of the election campaign has highlighted the need for civics to be embedded into the curriculum for primary and secondary schools.
In This Issue
Strange Times in Politics
Strange Times in Politics: New Zealand 2014 General Election Update
By: Dr. Bryce Edwards
It’s being widely touted as the strangest election campaign in living memory. There have certainly been some unusual elements inserted into New Zealand politics in the lead up to polling day. The most colourful have revolved around the Kim Dotcom and his Internet Mana Party and emails sent by former Justice Minister Judith Collins, while the most scandalous relate to allegations about bloggers and spin doctors in Nicky Hager’s new book, Dirty Politics. Together with other interesting minor parties vying for a place in Parliament, and controversial political songs and YouTube videos, this election is far from boring.
Will these colourful elements help increase voter turnout? Or are they making the public even more cynical about politicians? Are they a sideshow and a distraction from more meaningful policy debates? Or will they motivate more public debate and interest in how the country is run and in the strength of its integrity systems, something that has led to international perceptions that New Zealand has one of the most trusted public sectors?
Meanwhile, according to the polls, the policy concerns of voters are more traditional than usual in this election – based particularly around the economy. The Government is pitching its message that it has managed the country out of recession and economic growth and other indicators are very positive. Opposition parties are drawing attention to inequality, continued unemployment problems, and other negative social indicators.
The other major focus is on coalitions – which parties will work with whom. And once again, minor parties look to be destined to play a crucial role in determining who will govern after 20 September
These are some of the questions we might ask when reflecting on the wider health of electoral politics over the next few weeks. There are a number of areas in which New Zealand electoral politics lacks full integrity and health, and this election campaign allows us to measure whether the situation is improving or getting worse.
With the last election producing the lowest voter turnout in over a century, there is much greater emphasis this year in concerns about public engagement. And with mass disillusionment with political parties, the onus is on parties to show that they are relevant and are offering a diversity of meaningful policy options and differences about how society is run.
There are other perennial concerns with the way that the election is run. The most problematic is the division of election broadcast advertising resources by the Electoral Commission. Once again some parties are dissatisfied with the allocation process and results, with the Conservative Party seeking legal remedies to change this. The party also controversially took TV3 to court to ensure that its leader Colin Craig was included in a minor party leaders’ debate.
All told, this strange election campaign has demonstrated that there is still much work to ensure integrity and transparency in our election processes. Time will tell whether it has been instrumental in stirring up the the ire of New Zealand’s fair-minded society to shed its complacency about the importance for our political leaders being accountable, transparent and ethical.
New Zealand to Host TI Melanesian Chapters
Transparency International New Zealand is hosting a meeting of the Melanesian chapters of the Pacific the first week-end in September.
Chairs and Executive Officers from TI chapters of Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu, Solomon Islands, and Fiji will be in Wellington for three days discussing how they intend to spearhead anti-corruption efforts in their countries over the next five years.
They will spend time sharing their tools and experiences in fighting corruption and agreeing on priorities taking into account each country's own unique challenges.
New Zealand Aid is a substantial contributor of core funding to these chapters, providing them with the resources to to employ staff and run an office. NZAid has supported the Pacific TI chapters for the past 9 years and recently committed to continue its support for at least another 5 years.
TINZ deputy chair Claire Johnstone notes that "The progress that has been made to date In the four countries is remarkable.
Whether it is providing information on what corruption is, or observing elections, or advocating for transparent processes - the work the chapters do has long term impact. But without the help of NZAid the chapters would struggle to exist."
It is also our hope to establish additional TI local chapters within the region.
TINZ Attends the C20 Summit
In November 2014, leaders from the G20 group of nations will gather in Brisbane to shape the next stage of international cooperation for financial stability and economic growth. New Zealand has been invited by host country, Australia, to participate.
While economic growth after the global financial crisis is the theme of the G20, one of their other top priorities is to decide the future of the G20 anti-corruption action plan. A key plank in government efforts is to build the resilience of the global economy against corporate and regulatory failures, prevent the repeat of financial crises, and ensure fair and sustainable economic development.
TINZ Chair, Suzanne Snively and Director Daniel King joined world-leading anti-corruption experts, advocates and policymakers in Brisbane to review progress in implementation of the 2013-2014 action anti-corruption plan, and help identify what should be the anti-corruption commitments of G20 leaders moving forward on 17-18 June in Brisbane and the C20 conference 20-21 June in Melbourne.
The first day Griffith University, in partnership with Transparency International, hosted a half-day public conference and dinner, on the vital role of of anti-corruption leadership by the G20 group of nations, and a workshop on assessment of 'integrity systems' around the world. TINZ's Integrity Plus 2013 New Zealand National Integrity System Assessment as recognized as the most comprehensive NIS ever during the Brisbane conference.
The next day they attended a conference on Corruption, Integrity Systems and the G20 a joint initiative of Griffith University's Centre for Governance & Public Policy, ARC Centre of Excellence for Policing Studies, and Institute for Ethics Governance & Law. The Brisbane events concluded with a dinner with guest speaker, Huguette Labelle, Chair of the Board of Transparency International.
In Melbourne, The C20 Summit was to identify the key message to the G20 from global civil society. It offered the several hundred delegates a platform to discuss the key issues that they would like to be debated by world leaders at the Brisbane G20. Huguette Labelle was also the guest dinner speaker at this event.
Prior to the C20, Huguette spoke to the Melbourne Press Club to publicisethe C20 Summit. Local journalists quizzed Suzanne Snively about how New Zealand consistently achieves its high Corruption Perceptions Index ranking. Her answer was that many New Zealanders are asking themselves exactly the same question, which is why the New Zealand Chapter engaged nearly 40 researchers in the 2013 national integrity system assessment.
Regional Anti-Corruption Training
Deloitte, Chapman-Tripp, and Export New Zealand are conducting a series of regional Anti-Corruption training seminars in September.
You should attend if your company:
- Relies on business partners, suppliers and/or distributors in other jurisdictions
- Is involved in international financial transactions
- Imports or Exports
- Has personnel operating off-shore, in the private or public sector
Don’t miss this opportunity to make sure you and your staff, particularly those who travel internationally, are aware of potential issues around corruption, bribery and fraud.
New Zealanders should be proud of our very low levels of perceived corruption, but the level of interaction New Zealand businesses and public sector organisations are having with parts of the world where corruption is commonplace is at an all-time high.
This means the pressure to keep New Zealand corruption free and to protect New Zealand businesses from falling foul of anti-corruption legislation is growing.
These sessions will cover:
- What bribery is
- The legislation around bribery in New Zealand and around the world
- How to recognise and respond appropriately to situations that may indicate bribery.
Corruption, Bribery and Fraud Workshops
Regional Seminar Schedule
When:9.00am – 11.00am Tuesday 16th September
Where:Chapman Tripp – 17/10 Customhouse Quay, Wellington
Cost:$45.00pp inc GST
When:3.00pm – 5.00pm Tuesday 16th September
Where:Chapman Tripp, 23 Albert Street, Auckland
Cost:$45.00pp inc GST
When:9.30 – 11.00am Wednesday 17th September
Where:The Deloitte House, 24 Bridge Street, Claudelands
Cost:$45.00pp inc GST
When:10.30am – 12pm Thursday 18th September
Where:Smart Business Centre, 65 Chapel Street, Bay Central, Tauranga
Cost:$45.00pp inc GST
When:9.00am – 11.00am Tuesday 23rd September
Where:Blossom Lady Lounge, Addington Raceway, Christchurch
Cost:$25pp + GST member; $45pp + GST non members
When:3.30 – 5.30pm Tuesday 23rd September
Where:Deloitte, Otago House, Level 13, 481 Moray Place, Dunedin
Cost:$45.00pp inc GST
When:10.30am – 12.30pm Wednesday 24th September
Cost:$45.00pp inc GST
Marion Cowden Joins TINZ as Executive Officer
TINZ welcomes Marion Cowden as its volunteer Executive Officer. Her role is to work with the TINZ Board, who are also voluntary, to shape TINZ to become more viable and sustainable. This is required if the organisation is to be effective in demonstrating that strong integrity systems are the antidote to corruptions and for the Chapter to assume a more active role in the Pacific Region.
Marion is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of New Zealand and holds a B.Sc and B.Com from Auckland University and an MBA (with Distinction) from Massey University. She has held senior roles in finance and corporate services in the New Zealand and Australian public services and with the Commonwealth Secretariat based in London.
Her current governance roles include Deputy Chair and Chair of the Risk and Audit Committee of the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority, Member and Deputy Chair, Institute of Environmental Science and Research Ltd. She is also a Director, of the Co-operative Bank, of the St John of God Hauora Trust, and Student Job Search. In addition, she is a member of the Audit and Risk Committee of the Ministry for the Environment and until early 2014 was Chair of the Independent Expert Advisory Committee of the World Health Organisation. Marion is an active member of Rotary and provides governance support to a small number of not-for profit organisations within the community.
A world with trusted integrity systems in which government, politics, business,
civil society and the daily lives of people are free of corruption.
TINZ Directors Needed
Help Set the New Zealand Integrity Agenda
TINZ AGM will be held as usual in November this year. The AGM provides an opportunity for bringing in new Directors. Directors need to be TINZ members and nominated by an existing member. People with relevant experience and time to donate to the organisation are actively are encouraged to apply. To apply, download a Director's Nomination Form.
Using your TINZ Membership to Promote Your Activities
Membership of TINZ does not construe an endorsement of any individual member's activities or stated opinions. Membership does not entitle members or their associates to speak on behalf of Transparency International New Zealand.
Members encouraged to display the TINZ logo, link to the TINZ website and mention their membership of TINZ on their websites and online as long as they include the following disclaimer: "Membership of TINZ does not constitute endorsement by TINZ of my or any other member's activities, and nothing on this website or in any other statement made by me is to be attributed to TINZ."
Members are encouraged to submit member profiles and articles for publication in the TINZ newsletter and on the TINZ website.
Vote 20 September, 2014
TINZ Annual General Meeting November 2014
Details will be posted soon to our website www.transparency.org.nz.
Corruptions Perception Index
Publication of the 2014 Corruptions Perception Index (TI CPI) will be in December 2014
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