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Suzanne Snively ONZM Chair Transparency International New Zealand

From the Chair

10 November 2018

Transparency Times from the Chair September 2018

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Kate SheppardLeader of of the women's suffrage movement in New Zealand

From the Chair

7 September 2018

This month sees the 125 Anniversary of Women’s Suffrage.

But there is much more still to be done as demonstrated in Transparency International New Zealand’s (TINZ) findings during its update of the 2013 National Integrity System Assessment.

On September 19,1893, a brief Wellington Post editorial titled “The Enfranchisement of Women” said:

“The Electoral Bill,

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Suzanne Snively ONZM Chair Transparency International New Zealand

From the Chair

7 August 2018

An important milestone for defending our New Zealand way of life from international criminals and scoundrels was 1 July 2018.

It was the date for the implementation for Anti-money Laundering (AML) requirements for some lawyers, all conveyancers and those businesses that provide services to help set up trusts and/or run trusts and companies. 

The other good July happening was that the group of public sector organisations that worked together on AML – the Department of Internal Affairs,

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Suzanne Snively ONZM Chair Transparency International New Zealand

From the Chair

14 July 2018

Over recent years, Transparency International New Zealand (TINZ) has become increasingly knowledgeable about the nature of transparency in the public, private and NGO sectors. TINZ newsletter articles have described how transparency and accountability strengthen integrity systems with real-time examples of how this works to prevent bribery, corruption and fraud while improving outcomes for people, business and communities. 

TINZ has made many recommendations about ways to further improve transparency,

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Suzanne Snively ONZM Chair Transparency International New Zealand

From the Chair June 2018

31 May 2018

Business confidence, falling after last year’s election, has been buoyed by news that the Government is in discussion with the European Union over a new free trade agreement.

The Coalition Government has also taken steps to progress the Comprehensive and Progressive Trans Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) and to refresh the China Free Trade Agreement (CFTA). Business leaders believe that these agreements are beneficial to their growth.

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Suzanne Snively ONZM Chair Transparency International New Zealand

From the Chair

2 May 2018

The cricket ball tampering incident was bad enough for the Aussies’ reputation. It has been pushed out of the headlines by The Royal Commission into Misconduct in the Banking, Superannuation and Financial Services Industry.

Australian banks and insurance companies have provided “a litany of revelations” to the Royal Commission.  The Australian Courier Mail editorialised on 21 April that these “could at the very best be described as unconscionable,

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Suzanne Snively ONZM Chair Transparency International New Zealand

From the Chair

4 April 2018

The movie, “The Armstrong Lie”, should have better prepared me for the Australia cricket scandal. Lance Armstrong’s cheating behaviour was so disturbing that I kept shaking myself during the film, hoping to wake up and find that it was a nightmare.  

Here was a man so determined to win that he followed the innovative, interventionist and illegal prescription of his Italian specialist doctor for years.

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Suzanne Snively ONZM Chair Transparency International New Zealand

From the Chair

12 March 2018

Good news doesn’t engage readers as easily as bad news.

And when there is so much information flying around through the ether these days – on smart phones, radio, bill boards – Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, YouTube, it’s important for an organisation like TINZ to be able to engage readers.

So, here I am writing my second “From the Chair” in 2018 with even better news to report than in February.

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Suzanne Snively ONZM Chair Transparency International New Zealand

From the Chair

11 February 2018

For 2018, Happy New Year is promising more than resolutions made and then broken. It is promising resolutions aimed at protecting our country from corrupt practice being acted upon.

There are encouraging signs of an unusually productive new year for progressing anti-corruption policy and building New Zealand’s reputation of integrity.

Not since 2013 have Government Cabinet Ministers been so willing to discuss the importance of progressing anti-corruption initiatives.

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Suzanne Snively Chair Transparency International New Zealand

From the Chair

16 November 2017

The Pohutakawa‎ flowers are blooming earlier than ever this year, adding massively to the holiday celebratory atmosphere. The huge trees are covered in perhaps the largest mass of red blossoms in history as a result of rainfall in late November complemented now with the unusually constant and intense sunshine and warmth.

Their abundance and splendour forecasts new possibilities.

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