A better relationship between people and Government

While New Zealand has one of the most trusted public sectors in the world, our Government can always be more accessible, more responsive, and more accountable to its citizens.

At Transparency International New Zealand, we work across both central and local government to improve the relationship between Government and the people. A good relationship is built on trust, and transparency, accountability and integrity is central to this. We expect our leaders to promote public debate, encourage critical thinking, and welcome dissent. When this works, it has long-term benefits for everyone.


Keeping big money out of politics is essential to ensure political decision-making serves the public interest and curbs opportunities for corrupt deals. Lack of transparency in political party and campaign funding is putting New Zealand’s reputation for strong integrity at serious risk. It erodes trust in our elected representatives, degrades our financial well-being, and impacts on our society and how it works together.

Through initiatives such as GOPAC, and work in elections and political party funding, we help to keep our political system free from corrupt behaviour.

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The integrity of our public sector is at the heart of our democracy. In regular updates to the National Integrity Systems Assessment, we work with public sector organisations on key recommendations and improvement areas to ensure democracy thrives in New Zealand. 

From procurement reporting to Leaders Integrity Forums, we partner with both central and local government to define and implement policies and initiatives for corruption prevention, trust and transparency.

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Dirty money is money that has been obtained through criminal activity. Criminals use various methods to hide these proceeds in New Zealand property markets and financial institutions. These methods, such as money laundering and tax evasion, usually involve a complex series of transactions and ownership structures, and can be difficult to identify and prevent.

We help Kiwis by advocating for stronger laws and more robust processes to pinpoint and prosecute bribery, money laundering and other financial crimes.

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