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Suzanne Snively ONZM Chair Transparency International New Zealand

From the Chair June 2018

31 May 2018

Suzanne Snively

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

Suzanne Snively

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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From the Chair

4 April 2018

Suzanne Snively

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

Suzanne Snively

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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From the Chair

11 February 2018

Suzanne Snively

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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From the Chair

16 November 2017

Suzanne Snively

16 November 2017

Rt Hon Jacinda Ardern

Prime Minister

Executive Wing, Parliament Buildings

Molesworth St

Thorndon

Wellington 6011

Dear Prime Minister,

Congratulations on becoming Prime Minister! Your commitment to making our country a better place to live with a brighter future for New Zealand and New Zealanders is demonstrated through your 100-days plan. 

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From the Chair

16 November 2017

Suzanne Snively

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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From the Chair

25 October 2017

Suzanne Snively

It all started with an email from somebody called “Tony Night”. That email, sent to the executives at Fuji Xerox and Xerox Corporation on July 8, 2015, pointed out instances of “inappropriate accounting” at Fuji Xerox in New Zealand.

According to Hamish McNicol of the Sunday Star Times, 2 July, 2017, an audit, completed just three weeks later,

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From the Chair

5 October 2017

Suzanne Snively

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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From the Chair

13 September 2017

Suzanne Snively

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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