TINZ is analysing the effectiveness of anti-corruption mechanisms in New Zealand

Simon Chapple has been contracted by TINZ to research and report on the effectiveness of anti-corruption mechanisms in New Zealand, in deterring, detecting and exposing corruption.

This is the first piece of research to inform the TINZ National Integrity Systems Assessment (NISA), which is being done in parts. 

Simon will consider the anti-corruption functions and responsibilities that exist across government agencies. He will look at:

  • The effectiveness of anti-corruption strategies, work plans and collaboration. 
  • Anti-corruption policy and legislation, including responsiveness to global anti-corruption instruments and general legislative appropriateness
  • Resourcing of functions under certain agencies; including the capacity to deter, detect and expose emerging or rapidly changing corruption changes.   

Transparency International New Zealand’s plan for ongoing revisions to the National Integrity System Assessment (NISA) is to use a functional approach. Using this approach, key functions relating to transparency, accountability and integrity are identified and assessments are carried out by functions, rather than concentrating on institutions. This approach is a sustainable way to build on the substantial NISA published by TINZ in 2013 without unnecessarily redoing the work.

Other functional areas will be reviewed in the coming years.

TINZ will publish Simon’s report after it is completed in mid 2024.  

Simon is an esteemed public policy researcher.  He has worked in a research and policy advisory capacity for a range of government agencies, including the Reserve Bank of New Zealand, the Ministry of Social Development as Chief Economist, and the Department of Labour, as well as having private sector experience at the NZIER. Internationally, he has worked for UNCTAD in Geneva and in the OECD Social Policy Division in Paris.  Simon was Director of the Institute for Governance and Policy Studies at Victoria University of Wellington between 2017 and 2023.

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