Corruption Articles

Of rare earths and referenda – A stark tale of corruption contrasts

6 July 2020

We have a long way to go to redress the imbalance of importing rare earths in return for exporting corruption. New Zealand should consider a law similar to that being introduced in Switzerland. Applying New Zealand’s relatively high standards externally, could go a long way towards helping New Zealand move to a small but influential role in reducing the import and export of corruption.

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Personal protective equipment – the new gold rush

7 May 2020

Tod Cooper

As a consequence of panic buying in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, governments the world over have scrambled to award massive contracts to third-party vendors, with little if any, formal process and certainly no due diligence. This has sparked the interest of opportunists and crooks alike.

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Transparency International and others remonstrate over G20 Summit’s civil society process in Saudi Arabia

20 February 2020

At a time when the world is facing a wide range of challenges, independent voices are needed more than ever. A country that closes civic space until it is virtually non-existent, cannot be trusted to guarantee the basic conditions for international civil society to exchange ideas and collaborate freely on any issue, let alone those issues it deems sensitive or offensive.

Such is the host of this year’s ‘Civil 20’ meetings affiliated to the G20 Summit.

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Airbus record bribery settlement shows corruption can happen anywhere

17 February 2020

No matter how large and reputable an organisation nor whether it is private or public, systems and preventative measures may still be weak and ineffective to prevent bribery. The Airbus bribery case should be a call to all New Zealand organisations to review the risks around corruption and bribery internally, to ensure their measures are tested to prove effective.

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NZ’s reputation: perception or reality

7 May 2019

Rebecca Smith

Director, New Zealand Story

Corruption Perceptions Index

New Zealand has again been ranked as having one of the least corrupt public sectors and judiciaries in the World. New Zealand ranks second after Denmark in the Transparency International Corruption Perceptions Index (TI-CPI) released in January 2019. The TI-CPI measures comparative levels of corruption as perceived by those who have dealings with governments at any level.

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Inequality intricately linked with corruption

30 January 2019

Joanna Spratt

Advocacy and Campaigns Director

Oxfam New Zealand

Our global economy is delivering an ever-increasing, inequitable distribution of wealth amongst humanity.  

  • A major contributor to inequality is ‘grand corruption’
  • Corruption, such as bribery, hurts the poorest the most.

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Examples of Corruption in New Zealand

30 January 2019

David Dunsheath

David Dunsheath

TINZ Member with Delegated Authority for Open Government

Transparency Times Newsletter Co-editor

Corruption exists in New Zealand where there will always be individuals and organisations looking to break or bend the rules for personal advantage. Technology is adding new tools and levels of sophistication for corrupt practices. Corruption prevention, detection and prosecution remain critical for New Zealand.

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No Impunity!

3 May 2018

by David Dunsheath

Transparency Times Newsletter Co-editor

Member with Delegated Authority for Open Government Partnership, Parliamentarian Network and SGDs

Frank Vogl
Member of TI Advisory Council
and Adjunct Professor Georgetown University

The global fight against corruption is a huge challenge given that more than half of the 176 countries ranked on Transparency International’s (TI’s) Corruption Perceptions Index are assessed to have endemically corrupt public administrations.

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Serious corruption damages us all

7 November 2017

by Katie Cammell

TINZ Analyst

Writing for Employers and Manufacturers Association

BusinessPlus Magazine, October 2017

Yes, now here in New Zealand

In February 2017, former Auckland Transport senior manager Murray Noone and Projenz managing director Stephen Borlase were sentenced to prison for five years and five years six months respectively. 

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TINZ applauds decline in foreign trusts Media Release

11 July 2017


The sharp decline in registrations strongly suggests that there are number of foreign trusts involved in activities that couldn’t stand scrutiny.

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