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Transparency International New Zealand
22 May 2019
Patron, Lyn Provost

Business and parliament need to step up to stronger integrity systems says TINZ roadmap

It is beyond time for serious and urgent action to protect and extend integrity in New Zealand

The Building Accountability: National Integrity System Assessment 2018 update (NIS 2018) was launched by Transparency International New Zealand today at a parliamentary function. This thorough update of its 2013 assessment shows a good deal of progress in the public sector, but there are big gaps elsewhere.

“While the public sector is waking up to the need to prevent corruption, progress has been close to non-existent for political party funding, the administration of parliament, civil society and the business sector. Unless the tone at the top improves, our country remains vulnerable to overseas corruption and the trusted society of which we are so proud is at risk,”  says Suzanne Snively, Chair, Transparency International New Zealand.

The ‘Integrity Plus 2013 New Zealand National Integrity System Assessment’ has become the definitive guide to anti-corruption and transparency initiatives in New Zealand. Many of the 60 recommendations made in the 2013 assessment have been implemented in whole or in part.

The main aim of this update is to identify and assess changes in New Zealand’s National Integrity System since the publication of the 2013 NIS assessment.

The National Integrity System Assessment 2018 update aims its six recommendations at important contributors to our country’s reputation, security and wellbeing. 

Starting at the top it recommends a code of conduct for Parliamentarians.  For our public sector we call for the full implementation of both a comprehensive national anti-corruption strategy, and the latest National Action Plan for the Open Government Partnership.  It also urges the public sector to implement relevant recommendations of the 2013 assessment. 

Our business, media and civil society are also critical pillars of our integrity system. TINZ calls on each of these sectors to strengthen their own integrity systems, so they and New Zealand can realise the benefits of a high trust society.

Lyn Provost, Patron of Transparency International New Zealand, says “Our goal is for business leaders, senior public officials and civil society managers to recognize the cornerstone nature of the NIS 2013 and NIS 2018 recommendations and apply them to their organizations.  This is how they can more fully contribute to ensuring that New Zealand is an open country free from corruption, a good place to do business, a safe place to travel and a great place to live.”


Background information for journalists

  1. Media Contacts

    Julie Haggie

    Chief Executive Officer

    Transparency International New Zealand

    +64 27 498 9126

    Julie.haggie@tinz.org.nz

    Suzanne Snively

    Chair

    Transparency International New Zealand

    +64 21 925 689

    suzanne.snively@tinz.org.nz

  2. About the National Integrity System Assessment 2018 update

    An NIS assessment is an evaluation of whether the ‘pillars’ of a country’s governance systems, and the underlying societal foundations, function well and in balance with each other to safeguard against the abuse of power.

    It is essentially a country risk-assessment.

    New Zealand’s first NIS assessment was carried out in 2003. The 2013 NIS assessment focussed on developments over the intervening 10-year period. This 2018 report is a thorough update of the 2013 NIS assessment. It selectively incorporates material on recent developments in New Zealand’s integrity system up to 31 December 2018, as well as incorporating minor amendments. TINZ intends to carry out a full NIS assessment in 2023.

    Team

    Project Directors: Liz Brown, Suzanne Snively

    External Reviewer: Keitha Booth

    Project and Research Support: Julie Haggie

    Researchers for the update: Liz Brown, Project Manager, Bryce Edwards, Karen Lasthuizen, Marece Wenhold, Ann Webster, Professor John Hopkins, Michael Macaulay, Bill Paterson, Miraz Jordan, Rae Julian, Alex Matheson, James Jong, Suzanne Snively

    Links:

    NIS 2018 overview

    NIS 2018 summary (pdf)

    NIS 2018 full report (pdf)

  3. About the Integrity Plus 2013 National Integrity System Assessment

    Transparency International New Zealand published the Integrity Plus 2013 New Zealand National Integrity System Assessment and is actively engaged in activities leading to the implementation of its recommendations. 

  4. About Transparency International

    Transparency International is a global civil society coalition based in Berlin, leading the fight against corruption. It compiles a number of measures of different aspects of corruption including the Corruption Perceptions Index, the Global Corruption Barometer, and the Bribe Payers Index. Information on Transparency International can be found at www.transparency.org.

  5. About the New Zealand chapter of Transparency International

    The local chapter of Transparency International works to actively promote the highest levels of transparency, accountability, integrity and public participation in government and civil society in New Zealand and the Pacific Islands.

    In addition to its publication of the National Integrity Systems Assessment, and its annual analysis of the Corruption Perceptions Index, Transparency International New Zealand has several projects designed to support greater integrity. These include:

    • Development of a Financial Integrity Systems Assessment Tool, for use with the financial sector;
    • Leaders Integrity forums for senior public leaders
    • Free Anti-Corruption Training Tool (transparency.org.nz/Anti-Corruption-Training) designed by leading experts in the field, which enables organisations to provide training for their personnel.
    • Submissions and advocacy
    • Thought leadership through communications and events.

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