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From the Chair

5 October 2017

Suzanne Snively
TINZ Chair

A year and a half ago, Transparency International New Zealand (TINZ) was enthusiastic about our country’s direction with its anti-corruption strategy.

After the release of the Panama Papers, the Shewan Inquiry progressed policy change at a faster pace, including speeding up of the Phase 2 Anti-Money Laundering legislation (AML).

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Suzanne Snively Chair Transparency International New Zealand

From the Chair

13 September 2017

Transparency International New Zealand sent six questions to each political party asking about their position on topics important to our mission.

We asked questions related to transparency and accountability in:

  • Campaign funding
  • Transparency regarding the Official Information Act
  • Anti-corruption (two questions)
  • Protection for whistleblowers
  • Candidates’ conflicting interests

As you will seen from the table of compiled answers,

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From the Chair

27 May 2017



Suzanne Snively
TINZ Chair

If all government-funded public service providers working for non-governmental organisations (NGO) stayed home from work tomorrow, all of us—even Parliamentarians—would quickly notice the impact.

Rush hour traffic congestion in Auckland and Wellington would be greatly reduced with about a fifth of the workforce staying home. Mid-day traffic and public transport use would also be noticeably diminished without home care workers and volunteers going about their jobs.

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From the Chair

20 April 2017



Suzanne Snively
TINZ Chair

This year’s 47th Earth Day had an added impetus because of the US Government’s attitude to transparent evidence-based debate and science in general.

Fifty years ago, demonstrations in the United States led by radical activists concerned about one thing or another, were almost a weekly event. It was the near death of dirty Great Lake Eerie,

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Suzanne Snively Chair Transparency International New Zealand

From the Chair

30 January 2017

With daily news from the United States of yet another case pushing the boundaries of impunity and corruption, the Auckland Transport Case was a re-assuring example that New Zealand is instead gaining valuable experience about the identification and prosecution of white collar crime.

With last month’s sentencing, a key question is: “Does the punishment fit the crime?” The answer is a resounding no!

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From the Chair

17 December 2016

Suzanne Snively
TINZ Chair

New Zealand has moved back up to first place, equal with Denmark, with a score of 90 in the just released 2016 Corruption Perception Index (the TI CPI). One more point and we would have passed Denmark.

For the increased number of people paying attention to the TI CPI,

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From the Chair

5 December 2016



The smooth transfer of power from former New Zealand Prime Minister John Key to former Finance Minister Bill English was a strong contrast to the experience of my just concluded travel around the world in 18 days visiting Phoenix,

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From the Chair

1 November 2016

Suzanne Snively
TINZ Chair

While New Zealanders adjust to being rocked by earthquakes‎, the Americans (and the rest of the world) are adjusting to being rocked by an election. Amongst the things that anger both Donald Trump’s‎ and Bernie Sanders’ supporters is the greed of Wall Street firms.

Indeed, part of Trump's electoral success was founded on espousing widely shared bleak views of the US economy,

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From the Chair

12 September 2016



Suzanne Snively
TINZ Chair

24 October 2015

0n 20 September a most surprising thing happened.

I was emailed a Cabinet Paper dated 19 September 2016 titled Response to National Integrity Systems Report on New Zealand by Transparency International. This paper considered each of the 60 or so recommendations from Chapter 6 of Integrity Plus 2013 New Zealand National Integrity System Assessment (2013 NIS) which was published by the New Zealand Chapter of TI in December that year.

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From the Chair

11 September 2016

Suzanne Snively
TINZ Chair

With the impending elections next month, a lot of energy is going into increasing voter turnout for local body elections. There is one major campaign aimed at increasing voter engagement by the Electoral Commission and LGNZ. TINZ has joined with others to host candidate events.

I can hear in my mind's ear widespread yawns in response to this opening line.

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