Corruption in New Zealand - Specific Cases Articles

Trading in influence

4 July 2017

Michael Macaulay

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Grand Corruption arrives on our shores

29 January 2017

How Low Can You Go?

Ferdinand Balfoort

by Ferdinand Balfoort

TINZ board member

Transparency Times regular contributor

Late in 2016 the New Zealand government announced it would prefer to monitor the dark side of corruption instead of the professional bodies in charge of lawyers, accountants, and estate agents.

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Saudi Sheep Transparency

3 November 2016


TINZ Media release in response to he Auditor-General’s report on the Government’s Saudi Sheep Contract which provides the basis for a wider public debate about corruption and bribery.

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25 April 2016

New Zealand shell company involved in multimillion-dollar bribery operation

Shortly before news about the Panama Papers broke, a leak of Unaoil’s email cache revealed “that billions of dollars of government contracts were awarded as the direct result of bribes paid on behalf of firms including British icon Rolls-Royce, US giant Halliburton, Australia’s Leighton Holdings and Korean heavyweights Samsung and Hyundai.”

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Are New Zealand enterprises prepared for the new anti-bribery legislation?

20 November 2015

The Organised Crime and Anti-corruption Bill passed in Parliament on 4 November 2015 bringing New Zealand more in line with international anti-bribery and corruption legislation. The omnibus Bill, which has been divided into 15 Amendment Acts, should also enable New Zealand to ratify the United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC), which it signed in 2003.

Some of the amendments in the foreign bribery area are:

  • provisions on facilitation payments and how they are recorded
  • companies liable for the actions of employees unless they take reasonable steps to prevent bribery—employees include agents,
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Trading on our reputation – Seminar Recap

13 September 2015

22 September, 5:30pm – 6:30pm
VUW Law School

Trading on our reputation: Integrity and its importance to NZ and the Tourism Sector

Confirmed panellists are Motel Association CEO, Michael Baines, representing the Tourism Industry and former Department of Conservation CEO now SSC Deputy Commissioner Al Morrison who will discuss the value of New Zealand's Natural Capital and ways to adapt this to the NZ Story for Tourism.

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Letter to the editor – Charter Accountants Acuity Magazine

20 August 2015

Acuity's editorial focus on anti-corruption themes is to be commended. As Chair of Transparency International New Zealand Inc (TINZ), I am continually surprised to find how few New Zealanders know the reasons why Australia and New Zealand are perceived to have among the top 5% of the least corrupt public sectors in the world.

The basis for this ranking of public sector corruption is the Corruption Perception Index compiled annually by the Berlin-based Transparency International parent organisation.

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A Tribute to Jeremy Pope

1 December 2014

Jeremy Pope

“Simply by sailing in a new direction you can enlarge the world”.  – Allen Curnow

Around 100 people gathered at Victoria University on 1 December to warmly remember anti-corruption champion Jeremy Pope. Despite his untimely death in August 2012 his advice shaped the Integrity Plus 2013 New Zealand National Integrity System Assessment (NIS) and it was dedicated to him.

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