Anti-Money Laundering Articles

Six arrested, $5 million in assets restrained in major money laundering investigation

16 November 2020

The Ministry of Justice estimates about $1.35 billion from fraud and illegal drugs is laundered through legitimate businesses in New Zealand each year. A recent police sting operation reveals the tip of the iceberg. 


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Doc Edge Festival 2020

7 May 2020

Doc Edge, New Zealand’s International Documentary Film Festival, will run online in response to COVID-19.

This year’s programme includes international documentaries that explore themes including political integrity, public sector and private sector accountability, and the challenges of upholding truth in journalism.

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Another Money Laundering Prosecution under AML-CFT

16 March 2020

The Department of Internal Affairs (DIA) announced a new criminal conviction under the Anti-Money Laundering and Countering Financing of Terrorism (AML/CFT) Act.

This is a small positive outcome to an issue that is daunting to authorities around the world and within New Zealand.

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Crackdown on Money Laundering Applauded

30 October 2019

It is essential to New Zealand’s reputation and wellbeing that serious effort is made to prevent money laundering activities within our financial, corporate and trust systems. TINZ is encouraged about the increased spotlight on AML/CFT compliance in New Zealand and internationally.

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Brain Food Integrity Forums

24 September 2019

Our first public Integrity Forum provided a fascinating insight into the current activities of organised crime groups in New Zealand.  The systemic challenges around addressing fraud are being addressed by increasingly good coordination between key national agencies and with overseas anti-corruption and intelligence agencies. 

Registrations are open for two more public Integrity Forums in October.  

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Foreign Beneficial Owners need to be registered – New Zealanders already are!

7 August 2018

Ashton Johnstone

By Ashton Johnstone

Transparency International New Zealand Member

Masters of Anti-money Laundering and Counter Terrorism

New Zealand already has a central register of company details about beneficial ownership which is a publicly accessible online for any person, organisation and for law enforcement anywhere in the world. It is the only register in the world that is completely free to search and almost all of the company details are online.

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Blockchain – Fad or Fail?

7 August 2018

Tod Cooper


“Blockchain is a distributed ledger technology with the power to change the world. That doesn’t just mean banking, business, legal services and supply chains but the way all of us buy and sell, control our assets and live our lives.”Judy Wilford – Blockchain for beginners.


Tod Cooper
Member with delegated authority for
Procurement/ Online Training/ Whistleblowing

By Tod Cooper

Member with delegated authority for Procurement

Initial version appeared in Employers and Manufacturers Association BusinessPlus Magazine

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The importance of culture with AML/CFT Phase 2

14 July 2018

Nicholas Gilmour

Financial crime consultant

Guest author

Nicholas was involved in the development of the ‘Phase 2’ legislation as a member of the New Zealand Police Financial Intelligence Unit.

New Zealand is adopting new money laundering and terrorist financing preventative measures. The Phase 2 implementation programme – which extends existing Anti-Money Laundering and Countering Financing of Terrorism (AML/CFT) legislation – introduces new reporting entities into a compliance regime.

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Proposed transparency of beneficial ownership

14 July 2018

Consumer Affairs Minister, Kris Faafoi, is working on law changes aimed at cracking down on overseas criminals potentially misusing companies in New Zealand.

According to Minister Faafoi, the goal is to curb money-laundering and the ability of overseas based criminals to use New Zealand’s well-regarded companies register to conceal some of their business. “Certainly we’re cracking down on beneficial ownership and figuring out who the beneficial owners are of companies that are registered here in New Zealand…

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