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In case you missed it

5 April 2019

New Zealand transparency, integrity and accountability

NZ fraud office probes opposition donation An allegation the leader of New Zealand's opposition tried to hide a political donation, has seen police call in the country's serious fraud watchdog.

New Zealand’s Govt Support On Blockchain & Crypto According to a report from Callaghan Innovation, the nation's innovation agency shows that the government in New Zealand significantly support the space. They recognise the potential benefits of blockchain and distributed ledger technologies for companies looking to stay one step ahead in the industry. CryptoDaily

NZ Super makes transparency play NZ Super Fund will allow stakeholders to search its voting data by country and company, down to individual resolutions across the 6,000 listed companies the fund holds shares in.

Playing a short game on the privacy bill The select committee has played safe on the Privacy Bill, recommending only modest changes.

Government ministers‘ meetings to be made public from next year The State Services Minister will announce today that for the first time, all government ministers will publicly release details of their internal and external meetings from early next year.

Simon Upton: Time for more transparency on climate targets Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment, Simon Upton, has proposed separate trading systems for fossil and biological emissions to help tackle climate change.

Official information Act complaints rise by 34 per cent New figures have revealed complaints from individuals requesting official information have risen by more than a third in the last two years.

Greens introduce suite of measures to strengthen democracy Sunday, 3 March 2019 Press Release: Green Party. scoop.co.nz

Electoral (Strengthening Democracy) Amendment Bill New Zealand Parlament website

Beneficial Ownership

OECD releases first beneficial ownership toolkit The OECD’s global forum on transparency and exchange of information for tax purposes, has released the first ever beneficial ownership toolkit designed to help governments, particularly in developing countries, comply with international transparency standards. 

Pacific

Pacific group aims to strengthen reporting on corruption A new anti-corruption regional media group hopes to strengthen checks and balances around good governance in the Pacific.

TIPNG working to better inform communities for better transparency PNG Post Courier - Transparency International PNG has completed a workshop in West New Britain on how to monitor and report governance issues more effectively.

Solomon Islanders prepare for general election RNZ Morning Report which includes a 1 minute interview (starting at 1min 30sec) featuring TI-Solomon Island's President, Ruth Liloqula. She comments on corruption surrounding the Constituency Development Fund, a black hole of nearly $2B of unreported expenditure since 2010.

International

IMF report on corporate tax today, Susana Ruiz, Oxfam International’s Tax Expert said:“The IMF report confirms what Oxfam has been saying for years – that the international tax system is broken and needs fundamental reform.

Financial transparency is not only about rule of law, but also national security

Scandal gives anticorruption agency the spotlight ACRC (Anti-Corruption & Civil Rights Commission in Korea) to fight graft ahead of international conference in Seoul, Korea.

New IMF Report should trigger seismic shift, says Oxfam Responding to the publication of a new IMF report on corporate tax today, Susana Ruiz, Oxfam International’s Tax Expert said: “The IMF report confirms what Oxfam has been saying for years – that the international tax system is broken and needs fundamental reform.

Historic day for whistleblowers as EU agrees pathbreaking legislation The European Parliament and EU Council have agreed a pathbreaking piece of legislation that will help protect whistleblowers around Europe.

UK to encourage Crown Dependencies to introduce public registers voluntarily The Crown Dependencies have confirmed they will develop public registers of company beneficial ownership once it has been established as a global norm.

Panama Papers

The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists reminded us that they published the Panama Papers three years ago on 3 April 2016. More than $1 billion has been recouped around the world thanks to the Panama Papers. This is a striking example of how ICIJ’s worldwide, fearless investigative reporting holds the powerful to account.

In case you missed it

14 March 2019

New Zealand transparency, integrity and accountability

Political Roundup: The role of corporate lobbying in NZ's political process NZ Herald

Is a life worth $4.7 million? The wellbeing framework that puts the “value of a statistical life” at $4.7 million is coming under fire.

Green MP Golriz Ghahraman urges scrutiny of ’who controls purse strings of bigger parties’ Green Party MP Golriz Ghahraman is pushing for a sweep of measures to ensure increased transparency and better representation in Parliament.

Open Government Partnership: End-of-Term Report by Independent Reviewer on New Zealand’s second National Action Plan 2016-2018 .The report covers the full action plan implementation period from July 2016 through August 2018.

Marginal Open Government progress achieved with the Open Government Partnership second National Action Plan 2016-2018. An independent reviewer has questioned the last government’s efforts to improve openness and transparency, saying a lack of ambition had led to only “marginal” improvements to practice. Its successor has not escaped scrutiny, however, with the suggestion that the visibility of the open government role had diminished since Clare Curran lost the job.

Independent assessment rates DCC as a top performer The Dunedin City Council (DCC) received an ‘A’ grading following an independent assessment known as CouncilMARK - a programme run through Local Government New Zealand. The DCC is one of only six New Zealand councils to have received an overall grading of A or better.

Embracing cameras on fishing boats will be game-changing  WWF believes that putting cameras on commercial fishing boats will be a game-changer for .... enhancing public trust and providing accurate data will provide opportunities for much better management of our fisheries.

Let's end the 'shadowy practices' that stop women from breaking glass ceiling Helen Clark

Auckland hosts world anti-corruption and counter-fraud experts on tackling shared threats Anti-corruption and counter-fraud experts from around the world gathered in Auckland to discuss shared threats, including organised and trans-national crime.

Sport

FIFA warns scandal-hit Oceania: Clean-up 'vital for survival' Message from FIFA President Gianni Infantino"If there is still somebody in Oceania who is involved in football in any capacity, who has not realised yet that the time of abusing football for personal gain is over, then we can really not help it any more," Infantino said.

Auckland lawyer cleaning up world sport Maria Clarke has been at the centre of international efforts to clean up world sport since 2016, having been handed the batten by British running legend Lord Sebastian Coe. Now 3 years later she's in hot demand to help other world sports bodies implement change. Audio on RadioNZ

Pacific

PNG bishops attack govt over corruption Catholic bishops of Papua New Guinea have lambasted the government for failing to take action on corruption and for what they call its general incompetence.

International

Troika Laundromat revelations make the case for tougher supervision of Europe’s banking sector

In case you missed it

26 February 2019

New Zealand transparency, integrity and accountability

Govt demands change in insurance sector after damning report The government will fast-track consumer protection measures in the financial sector, after a damning report into life insurance companies

Serious Fraud Office warns billions in public funding potentially misused The chief executive of the financial crime investigation agency, Julie Read, said she expected up to 5 percent of government funding to be obtained or used fraudulently.

Government axes controversial Saudi sheep deal, saving taxpayers $1m It has cancelled the contract to deliver an abattoir to Saudi businessman, Hmood Al Khalaf, saying the New Zealand public will not be giving him another cent.

‘Marginal’ open govt progress under National Independent reviewer Keitha Booth has questioned the last government’s efforts to improve openness and transparency, saying a lack of ambition had led to only “marginal” improvements to practice.

NZ among the least corrupt public sectors in the world Scoop.co.nz – Press Release: Transparency International NZ

Grant Robertson outlines a Wellbeing Approach Institute of Public Administration New Zealand (IPANZ)

International

Top 10 International Anti-Corruption Developments for January 2019

Denmark again the least corrupt country in the world However, the new Corruption Perceptions Index doesn’t take Danske Bank scandal into account

Fashion industry unites to tackle slavery and trafficking in supply chains Ahead of Paris Fashion Week, UK Crime, Safeguarding and Vulnerability Minister Victoria Atkins spoke at the Paris Supply Chains Conference where representatives from governments, the fashion industry, textiles and civil society came together to discuss measures businesses should take to eradicate modern slavery and trafficking in their supply chains.

Fighting corruption should be a key strategy for strengthening democracy Public Finance International - Corruption weakens democratic institutions and populist leaders can take advantage of mistrust in public bodies, says Transparency International's Coralie Pring

 

In case you missed it

30 January 2019

Corruption Perceptions Index

New Zealand has one of the least corrupt public sectors in the world TINZ Media Release - New Zealand has again been ranked as having one of the least corrupt public sectors and judiciaries in the World. The 2018 Corruption Perceptions Index (has New Zealand dropping its score to come second after Denmark

The root cause of corruption Tabish Khair - The Hindu. If we want to cut down on corruption, we will have to start working more seriously on reducing the huge chasm between the rich and the poor

Corruption Perceptions Index 2018 shows anti-corruption efforts stalled in most countries Transparency International (Berlin) Media Release. Analysis reveals corruption contributing to a global crisis of democracy

New Zealand transparency, integrity and accountability

The Best Countries For Business 2019: U.K. On Top, U.S. Down Forbes. New Zealand is ranked as the 5th

SSC report into use of private investigators 'disturbing', says Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern A State Services Commission inquiry into the use of private investigators by government agencies has revealed some disturbing and unethical behaviour, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says.

An 'affront to democracy ''New Zealanders need to be able to trust that covert surveillance is only ever used in the public interest, with appropriate safeguards and to the highest ethical standards.'' Otago Daily Times. [Note from Steve - is this an issue for us to pay attention to? The article assumes more knowledge than I have and is rambly]

The Act that revolutionised public finance Thirty years on, Victoria University of Wellington’s Professor Ian Ball leads an assessment of the legislation he helped draft and how it might be reformed to meet the complex needs of today. Victoria University of Wellington will be a hosting a conference to mark the 30th anniversary of the Public Finance Act, 26–28 July 2019.

Transport Ministry fraudster Joanne Harrison to be released from jail and deported to UK It seems farcical that a serial, multi-country fraudster since 2005, can get off so lightly, because of a side-swiping deportation order! Maybe an example of siloed govt agencies, simple cost savings for Corrections, and/or duped Parole Board?

Govts often abuse Electoral Act to stay in power - Nick Smith Both major parties have changed the law to benefit their own re-election chances, Nick Smith says, as he puts forward some ideas on electoral reform.

New Zealander arrested in $3 billion international fraud loan scheme A New Zealander is one of three former Credit Suisse bankers embroiled in an international fraud loan scheme.

New Zealander 'a mastermind' of Mozambique scam A New Zealand man with links to Christchurch is being portrayed as a key player in a multi-billion dollar scandal enveloping the African nation of Mozambique.

Editorial: Serious Fraud Office right to be vigilant over Provincial Growth Fund corruption risk NZHerald

Serious Fraud Office warns billions in public funding potentially misused The chief executive of the financial crime investigation agency, Julie Read, said she expected up to 5 percent of government funding to be obtained or used fraudulently.

Govt demands change in insurance sector after damning report The government will fast-track consumer protection measures in the financial sector, after a damning report into life insurance companies

Who stole the crypto from the crypto jar? Imagine a heist where you can see the bank vault the robbers have put the gold bars in, but you just can’t get at them.Or an unbreakable, unopenable, cookie jar on the shelf in front of you.This appears to be the situation with at least some of the millions of dollars of funds stolen from Christchurch digital assets exchange Cryptopia.

NZ's electoral process the best in the world - report The annual Democracy Index, put together by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), once again has New Zealand showing the rest of the world how it's done.

Australia

Corruption investigators have raided Australia's Labor Party offices in Sydney and it's reportedly over links to Chinese influence

Funding for new anti-corruption body well below what experts say is needed

Pacific

Former Solomon Islands premier arrested on corruption charges The former premier of the Solomon Islands province of Temotu has been arrested on corruption charges.

Former French Polynesia mayor sentenced for corruption The former mayor of Fakarava in French Polynesia has been given a ten-month suspended prison sentence for abusing public funds.

International

Brexit gives ‘unique opportunity for international co-operation on corruption’ That is according to the UK government in its updated anti-corruption strategy,

26 Billionaires Own The Same Wealth As The Poorest 3.8 Billion People A new economic system is needed to tackle rampant inequality, says a new Oxfam report.

International Money Laundering

Cyprus banks challenging money laundering associations NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) - Banks in Cyprus are concerned that their adoption of some of the toughest anti-money laundering regulations in the world has not been fully recognized abroad, the chief of the Association of Cyprus Banks said Monday.

OECD in Cayman to check on tax transparency reform OECD's top tax officials visited the Cayman following the jurisdiction's implementation of new legislation regarding economic substance that ensures companies have enough economic activity on the Island and not just a mailbox.

Indictment Alleges Former Credit Suisse Bankers Conspired to Circumvent the Bank’s Internal Controls in $2 Billion International Corruption and Money Laundering Scheme

Germany has “massive” money laundering problem says Transparency International Germany has a “massive problem” with money laundering by criminal organisations in its property sector, according to a report by the German branch of Transparency International.

Transparency International

10 quotes about corruption and transparency (Vol 2) After the success of our first edition, we’ve gathered more inspirational quotes about corruption and transparency for you. We hope you find them as inspiring and empowering as we do!

Fighting corruption around the globe — highlights from our chapters in 2018

Political asylum for ex-presidents: an easy way to impunity?

In case you missed it

14 December 2018

NZ Ministers to release diaries

Government to proactively release Ministerial diaries Beehive.govt.nz

Government to proactively release Ministerial diaries Scoop.co.nz

Government ministers' meetings to be made public from next year Radionz.co.nz

Government to release ministerial diaries from January Stuff.co.nz

New Zealand transparency, integrity and accountability

Councils halt online voting trial for local body elections. Councils have been forced to halt a proposed trial of online voting in next year's local body elections due to costs. They will continue to work collaboratively with the relevant government sectors to deliver online voting for the 2022 local body elections.

Transparency trashed, Official Information Act plans kept secret .Your NZ. Although the mandate of the Official Information Act is to enable public access to Government information and improve transparency, it doesn't always work that way.

Algorithm stocktake: “need to take care in their use” . RNZ. The first ever stock-take into government agencies’ use of algorithms and predictive modelling to deliver their services to citizens, indicates the use of algorithms must be done with caution. The Government Chief Data Steward Liz MacPherson, along with the Government Chief Digital Officer, have looked at how fourteen government agencies use algorithms.

Bid to clean up NZ's business reputation divides submitters . Stuff highlights comments received from the Ministry of Business Innovation & Employment discussion document on beneficial ownership.
Note: TINZ is not a "lobbying group" as stated. It is a corruption monitoring and thought leadership group, representing non-partisan views from throughout New Zealand.

New Zealand politics: how political donations could be reformed to reduce potential influence by Simon Chapple.  The Conversation.

Norman Gemmell: Government seems to want a second source of fiscal advice.  NZ Herald. The proposed introduction of an independent fiscal institution (IFI).

Friends or foes: Privacy Act and anti-money laundering law . Privacy Commissioner. In answer to the question ‘friends or foes?’, the Anti-Money Laundering Countering Financing of Terrorism Act and the Privacy Act could perhaps be described as friends that meet for coffee from time to time, but both parties aren’t so close that they’re likely to remember the other’s birthday.

Spy agency watchdog is committed 'encouraging and demonstrating transparency' NZ Herald. The department which oversees New Zealand's intelligence and spy agencies says the theme of much of its work this year had been "encouraging and demonstrating transparency."

From North Korean gun running to El Chapo's drugs cartel . Interest.co.nz.  New Zealand Police have received more than 350 criminal investigation inquiries about New Zealand companies that the notorious Taylors established.

Sport

Gregor Paul: Rules and code of ethics far too blurred in rugby nzherald.com

Sustainable Development

Court decision on greenhouse gas emissions a warning for NZ  .Newsroom. Sarah Meade reports that in a landmark judgment issued earlier this month, the Hague Court of Appeal ordered that the Dutch state’s target to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions was in breach of its duty to protect its citizens’ human rights, and was deemed illegal. 

Whistleblowing

Turn up the volume on whistleblowing . Newsroom. The Government is currently carrying out their promised review of whistleblowing laws, something that is long overdue and in need of bold reform, says Dr Bryce Edwards. But he warns that politicians and officials seem to be trying not to rock the boat, leaving New Zealand vulnerable to corruption and other ethical wrongdoing.

One in 10 Kiwi workers have felt pressure to act 'unethically' Stuff. One in 10 Kiwi workers have felt some form of pressure to "compromise their organisation's standards of ethical behaviour", according to a survey by the British-based Institute of Business Ethics (IBE) and Victoria University.

Nearly half of whistleblowers treated badly by their bosses . NBR. Legislation important but organisational culture matters. NBR whistleblowing interviews with Michael Macaulay.
Note: Access to NBR (National Business Review) articles requires your simple one-time pre-registration which then entitles you to view two articles per week for free .

Many of the more radical ideas for encouraging and protecting whistleblowing appear to have received little support during “targeted consultations” run by the State Services Commission. However, the commission says there is still an opportunity for people to put their views forward. Public feedback will be sought before the Minister of State Services intends to report back to Cabinet in April 2019 to seek agreement on final policy proposals. Stuff.

Australia

After 15 years’ work, it’s time: Australia’s national integrity commission solution explained Fifteen years after Transparency International Australia and Griffith University researchers first assessed Australia as needing a comprehensive federal anti-corruption body, the full legislative plan is finally on the table.

Pacific

Fighting land corruption in Papua New Guinea Transparency International (press release) Betty contacted Transparency International Papua New Guinea (TIPNG) to ... Like many other Transparency International chapters around the world, ...

International

Democratic establishments across the world continue to fall like dominoes under waves of popular anger and resentment against the decay of institutions riddled with corruption or captured by organised special interest. On Sunday, it was Brazil’s turn. “The revolt against a moribund political class transmutes into a revolt against democratic governance itself”

Anti-graft authorities to inspect financial firms China's disciplinary authorities are allocating supervision teams to large financial enterprises as part of the country's intensified efforts to fight corruption in the financial sector

The Struggle Against Corruption Timothy K. Kuhner Associate Professor, University of Auckland, Faculty of Law and TINZ member produced this video documentary with the UN Office on Drugs and Crime. The Struggle Against Corruption is a powerful 20-minute documentary piece featuring interviews with members of UNODC staff.

Research identifies the need for vastly improved on-line voting systems’ transparency and auditing to restore observable vote counting and electoral integrity as the basis of democracies, without which concealed, computerised vote counting systems are overly vulnerable to fraud.

#G20TAKEACTION - Transparency International takes anti-corruption message to streets of Buenos Aires In a last ditch attempt to get G20 leaders to take the fight against corruption seriously, Transparency International and its Argentinian chapter Poder Ciudadano, have lined streets in Buenos Aires with posters with the slogan “#G20TakeAction: Implement Your Anti-Corruption Commitments” in advance of this week’s summit.

political lobbying in the UK, following publication of a new Transparency International report into their activities.

UK suspends fast-track visa scheme for wealthy investors Eighty-two Indian nationals applied for an 'Investor (Tier 1) visa through this route between 2008 and March 2018, according to Transparency International.

German real estate market a hotbed of money laundering, Transparency reports . Deutsche Welle. Billions of euros of illicit funds are being funneled into German real estate, anti-corruption group Transparency International said in a report on Friday.

International Anti-Corruption Conference

News: PWYP calls for commitments on beneficial ownership disclosure and protection of civic space

The Copenhagen Declaration – Stand Together for Peace, Security and Development The 18th International Anti-Corruption Conference (IACC) in Copenhagen brought together more than 1,800 delegates. These included former TINZ Patron, Sir Anand Satyanand, Chair, Suzanne Snively, CEO, Julie Haggie, Director, Josephine Serrallach and Board Legal Secretary, Sarah Mead.

Delegates were from civil society, governments, multilateral agencies, and the private sector from 144 countries. As an anti-corruption movement, delegates leave this conference stronger, more determined and more motivated to take action. They are a global force which will not be silenced.

18th IACC High Level Segment Commitments The 18th IACC included a high-level segment, where around 40 ministers, leaders of international organisations and private companies came together to discuss strategies for the international collaboration on anti-corruption. Participants presented concrete anti-corruption action plans and commitments.

Transparency International

Transparency International scrutinises Facebook, Google and Amazon over political lobbying . The Drum. Amazon, Facebook and Google are facing further questions over the extent of their political lobbying in the UK, following publication of a new Transparency International report into their activities.

International Anti-Corruption Day 9 December 2018: The power of people's pressure Transparency International (press release) (blog)Across the world, Transparency International chapters work hard to help the public become involved and engaged in the fight against corruption.

In case you missed it

10 November 2018

New Zealand transparency, integrity and accountability

Many of the more radical ideas for encouraging and protecting whistleblowing appear to have received little support during "targeted consultations" run by the State Services Commission. However, the commission says there is still an opportunity for people to put their views forward. Public feedback will be sought before the Minister of State Services intends to report back to Cabinet in April 2019 to seek agreement on final policy proposals.

4 Crucial Benefits Of Tax Transparency In New Zealand

Sport NZ seek whistle blowers to help with review into sport integrity Sport NZ are seeking the public's views to contribute towards a nationwide review into sport integrity.The sports governing body is calling on anyone involved in sport to share their thoughts on a range of integrity issues through an online survey that will be open for the next six weeks.

New Zealand politics: foreign donations and political influence

New Zealand politics: how political donations could be reformed to reduce potential influence In the aftermath of the controversy surrounding former MP Jami-Lee Ross and opposition National party leader Simon Bridges, discussions have focused on possible reforms of political donations in New Zealand. Several of these proposals warrant further discussion and contextualisation.Simon Chapple Director, Institute for Governance and Policy Studies, Victoria University of Wellington

NZ politics: foreign donations and political influence One dimension of the controversy that has attracted less attention is the connected issues of political party donations and foreign influence on New Zealand’s democratic system. TINZ mentioned.

New Zealand lawmaker accuses opposition leader of corruption New Zealand opposition leader Simon Bridges speaks to reporters on Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2018, in Wellington, New Zealand. New Zealand's conservative opposition party was in turmoil after one of its own lawmakers, Jami-Lee Ross, accused Bridges of corruption for hiding a donation from a wealthy Chinese businessman. Video

Justice Minister Andrew Little says there is 'scope for debate' around political funding rules Justice Minister Andrew Little is considering looking into changes to the way political parties are funded, and areas such as donation transparency could be part of the discussion

Bid to clean up NZ's business reputation divides submitters Stuff highlights comments received from the Ministry of Business Innovation & Employment discussion document on beneficial ownership

Algorithm stocktake: “need to take care in their use” . The first ever stock-take into government agencies’ use of algorithms and predictive modelling to deliver their services to citizens, indicates it must be done with caution. The Government Chief Data Steward Liz MacPherson, along with the Government Chief Digital Officer have looked at how fourteen government agencies use algorithms.

New Zealand lawmaker accuses opposition leader of corruption

New Zealand Lawmaker Reports China-Linked Political Donation to Police A New Zealand lawmaker has accused the opposition National Party leader of corruption, claiming that he sought to hide the source of a donation from a Chinese businessmen who has been linked to Beijing's international influence strategy under the ruling Chinese Communist Party's United Front Work Department.

Four Crucial Benefits Of Tax Transparency In New Zealand Oxfam

Corruption isn't a Kiwi value so let's not bring it here OPINION: Bruce Cotterill

Pacific

Call for transparency in PNG government luxury car deals Transparency International in Papua New Guinea has urged the government to come clean on how it procured a batch of luxury vehicles for the APEC summit. - RNZ

Sustainable Development

New Zealand signs global declaration to cut plastic waste New Zealand has joined an international pledge to cut plastic wastes from our economy and environment, Associate Environment Minister Eugenie Sage announced today.

News: PWYP calls for commitments on beneficial ownership disclosure and protection of civic space   In many countries which are rich in natural resources, the revenues generated from the extraction of these resources don’t benefit the country’s population. Revenues are sometimes lost through mismanagement; but in other cases, they are lost as a result of corruption.

Court decision on greenhouse gas emissions a warning for NZ. Sarah Mead (TINZ Secretary) reports on a landmark judgment by the Hague Court of Appeal which ordered that the Dutch state’s target to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions was in breach of its duty to protect its citizens’ human rights, and was deemed illegal. In the absence of ambitious action by world leaders on climate change, the case points to the growing tendency by citizens to force action through the courts.

Business Ethics

Ethics officers in all large companies? Emmanuel Lulin, Senior Vice-President and Chief Ethics Officer at global cosmetics giant L'Oréal, predicts we will soon be seeing ethics officers in most large companies.

International

The Struggle Against Corruption Timothy K. Kuhner Associate Professor, University of Auckland, Faculty of Law and TINZ member produced this documentary with the UN Office on Drugs and Crime. The Struggle Against Corruption is a powerful 20-minute documentary piece featuring interviews with members of UNODC staff.

How transparency can help the global economy to grow According to the UN’s Office on Drugs and Crime and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), 10-25% of the value of public contracts is lost to corruption.This means that corruption – such as fraud, waste and abuse by government contractors – costs up to $2.35 trillion globally on an annual basis.

Democratic establishments across the world continue to fall like dominoes under waves of popular anger and resentment against the decay of institutions riddled with corruption or captured by organized special interest. On Sunday, it was Brazil’s turn.  "The revolt against a moribund political class transmutes into a revolt against democratic governance itself".  

Research identifies the need for vastly improved on-line voting systems' transparency and auditing to restore observable vote counting and electoral integrity as the basis of democracies, without which concealed, computerised vote counting systems are overly vulnerable to fraud.  

International Anti-Corruption Conference opens with renewed commitments to action from governments, businesses, international orgs Transparency International Media Release

Seoul to host 2020 global anti-corruption conference

Dirty Money, Fraud and Tax Evasion Rock Corruption-Free Denmark

Daphne Caruana Galizia and Ana Garrido Ramos winners of 2018 Anti-Corruption Award Transparency International Media Release

 

 

In case you missed it

7 September 2018

New Zealand transparency, integrity and accountability

Jacinda Ardern sacks Clare Curran from Cabinet, removes her from two portfolios after second failure to declare a meeting

Clare Curran: 'I've let myself down'

Brian Gaynor: NZX starting to find its way... finally The NZX pricing structure announcement this week shows the stock exchange is finally travelling down the right road.

Sport

Police investigating suspected corruption in NBL match after player brags about 'winnings' The Herald on Sunday also claims that an unnamed player was bragging about his winnings after the match.

FIFA Vice President Quits After Audit Raises Questions The head of the smallest of FIFA’s six global confederations suddenly resigned, surrendering his seat on FIFA’s ruling council and becoming the latest senior soccer executive to depart the sport amid accusations of corruption.

Icarus director: NZ sports' 'conflict of interest

Bryan Fogel on how doping documentary 'Icarus' changed sport

More money in sport means more corruption - Bryan Fogel

Meet the man who exposed Russia’s state-sponsored doping programme

Racing industry rocked by race-fixing claims, police raids RNZ

Stables raided throughout New Zealand in police sting on alleged race-fixing in harness racing industry

Ten arrested after 17 police raids during probe into race-fixing, drugs offences

Australia

New paper highlights key anti-corruption strategies for Australia

Overwhelming majority of Australians believe federal politicians are corrupt::Australia

Australian supermarkets accused of selling fake honey According to PricewaterhouseCoopers estimates, food fraud, which includes honey fraud, is a $US40 billion a year global industry.

https://www.radionz.co.nz/news/national/365870/nzer-s-behaviour-the-very-embodiment-of-corruption.   Local government CEO, Rodger Kerr-Newell's behaviour 'the very embodiment of corruption' according to Australian court.

Pacific

New database to improve aid transparency in Pacific A director at the Australian think tank the Lowy Institute says a new database will improve aid transparency in the Pacific and hold donors to account.

International

What a difference two years makes: progress since the 2016 Anti-Corruption Summit

Can Blockchain Help Bypass the Problem of Corruption in Development Aid? “Blockchain technology would allow donors to transfer money to end users directly (and instantaneously), bypassing the formal financial institutions and corrupt bureaucracies that have often been the source of financial leakage, and preserving a transparent record of all transactions.”

Transparency International

Will the G20 deliver on anti-corruption in 2018?

In case you missed it August 2018

7 August 2018

New Zealand transparency, integrity and accountability

Do-good businesses must prove their heart  New Zealand is increasingly looking out-of-step when it comes to the transparency required of social enterprise overseas.

'It's murky': Questions over use of Provincial Growth Fund National wants answers as to why the Economic Development Minister is giving out cash to a private trust it says is set to make a killing off it.

Police launch inquiry after running policeman cops sports ban for importing performance-enhancing drugs

New report calls for ethical guidelines for Artificial Intelligence 

Ombudsman report: which banks have gathered the most complaints?

Sport

Basketball: NBL scrutinise illegal betting allegations

TAB inquiry into suspicious betting activity in NBL game

Basketball: Police investigating allegations of inappropriate betting in NBL game "Basketball New Zealand was recently advised of allegations of inappropriate betting activities linked to a National Basketball League game. It is imperative that the integrity of our sport be protected," said Basketball New Zealand chief executive Iain Potte

Sustainable Development

Sixty major NZ companies make climate change pledge to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions and hold themselves publicly accountable by setting targets.

TINZ

TINZ and UNA NZ sign affiliation agreement Press Release: The United Nations Association of New Zealand (UNA NZ) and Transparency International New Zealand (TINZ) have made an agreement to fully affiliate and co-operate with each other.

Julie Haggie appointed CEO of Transparency International NZ

International

Three priorities at the Open Government Partnership summit namely Beneficial Ownership Transparency, Lobbying, and Open contracting. 

In case you missed it

14 July 2018

Money laundering

ASB bank owner receives largest fine in Aus corporate history The Commonwealth Bank has agreed to pay the biggest fine in Australian corporate history for breaches of anti-money laundering and counter-terrorism financing laws that resulted in millions of dollars flowing through to drug importers.

Anti-money laundering rules ineffective, says study. Anti-money laundering rules are almost completely ineffective in stopping criminals, according to this new study.

Lawyers required to report money laundering suspects As of 1 July, lawyers are now subject to anti-money laundering legislation, which will require them to dob in clients making suspicious transactions. But at least one expert is dismissing the new law as a box-ticking exercise that won't catch the vast majority of criminals. RNZ Audio (including comment by TINZ Chair.  "..... It doesn't mean using laws as  something that becomes a constraint on how we do things, but instead ..... as guidelines as to how we can do things better").

New Zealand limited partnerships, in combination with Nevis limited liability companies, being peddled as 'one of the best and unique products' in the murky world of offshore finance Interest.co.nz has come across an offshore finance product that combines corporate structures from Nevis and NZ for use by those wanting to hide money and/or assets from prying eyes.

Why choose New Zealand as an offshore financial centre? ‎Vivier and Company media release published on openPR.

New Zealand Beneficial Ownership

Government pushes for beneficial ownership register for NZ companies & limited partnerships to stop 'erosion' of New Zealand as a good place for honest business By Gareth Vaughan -The Government plans to exclude trusts from beefed up company beneficial ownership requirements due to their historic privacy and confidentiality strengths, and to avoid increased costs for individuals, businesses and the Government itself.

New Zealand not immune to international financial crime - minister The government has unveiled a potential set of law changes to crack down on overseas criminals potentially misusing companies in New Zealand - RNZ

NZ director rules face review in wake of scandals More people could be barred from being company directors as the Government seeks to improve New Zealand's tarnished reputation for clean business.

Increasing the Transparency of the Beneficial Ownership of New Zealand Companies and Limited. MBIE discussion document (June 2018). 

Auckland Council

Auckland mayor Phil Goff defends stalled report Auckland Mayor Phil Goff says claims his office withheld a report to RNZ about a future downtown stadium are "misinformation".

International

Women and corruption: What positions must they hold to make a difference? New research looking at 125 different countries has found having women in Government significantly reduces corruption.

Parliamentary 'man-ban' would reduce corruption - study New research looking at 125 different countries has found having women in Government significantly reduces corruption.

'Murdered' Russian journalist Arkady Babchenko turns up alive

Russian journalist and Kremlin critic Arkady Babchenko killed in Kiev Arkady Babchenko, a Russian journalist critical of the Kremlin, has been killed in Kiev.

Modern Slavery

Is Australia's anti-slavery bill tough enough? The Australian Government introduced a new bill to Parliament to improve conditions for workers by stamping-out egregious exploitation in supply chains supplying goods to Australian consumers. A Modern Slavery Act could be enacted in Australia within the year. Opinions differ about whether the imminent law is fit for purpose, with investor groups arguing that, without an accompanying list of reporting entities, its value is limited.

Pacific

NZ investigators expose slavery and human trafficking at sea Investigators from New Zealand are behind a global operation that has exposed shocking incidents of human trafficking, slavery and abuse at sea aboard international fishing fleets

Fiji Human Rights head cleared of corruption Fiji's corruption agency says it has cleared the head of the Human Rights Commission of any misconduct 

Fiji's Human Rights and Anti-Discrimination Commission searched Fiji Village is reporting that it understands the search relates to a complaint that was lodged with FICAC against the commission's director, Ashwin Raj.

Corruption investigation launched into Samoan top civil servant The police in Samoa have launched an investigation following a complaint alleging corrupt practises by the chief executive of a state entity.

Fiji's Rabuka pleads not guilty The leader of Fiji's largest opposition party, Sitiveni Rabuka, has pleaded not guilty to charges brought by Fiji's anti corruption authorities.

Sport

Sport NZ launches review into athlete welfare as cycling, football scandals emerge Sport NZ is examining whether national sporting bodies are failing in their duty of care to athletes as Cycling NZ and NZ Football grapple with allegations of bullying, intimidation and inappropriate behaviour in its elite programmes.

In case you missed it

31 May 2018

Banks and Financial Services

AMP New Zealand welcomes FMA and RBNZ review Scoop Business

'We operate in a way which complies' –New Zealand's banks do not rip off their customers like their Australian counterparts had been doing, the Bankers' Association says. RNZ

Banking royal commission: AMP's misleading of ASIC explained From the Financial Review: "Evidence before the royal commission showed AMP misled the corporate regulator 20 times, including by portraying its "fee for no service" problem as a process error rather than deliberate decisions, and mischaracterising findings from an external audit by PwC."

Sam Stubbs calls for financial services sector to answer 25 questions NZ Herald

Foreign banks 'must abide by the laws of the land' – RBNZ The Reserve Bank has published an article on the conduct of banks that register in New Zealand and says that any bank looking to operate here ‘must be bound by domestic law.’

NZ opts for planner remuneration transparency As Australian financial planners brace themselves for the fallout from the Royal Commission, their counterparts in New Zealand are being made to embrace greater disclosure about the commissions and incentives they receive with respect to insurance sales.

Foreign Trusts

‘Little information’ provided to Mizzi, Schembri auditors New Zealand agents allegedly involved in shadowy Malta trust.

Government Transparency

Government U-turns on transparency for taxpayers Responding to Minister of Justice Andrew Little’s backdown, Taxpayers’ Union spokesperson Louis Houlbrooke says: “Sadly, the Minister of Open Government’s previous commitments to reform a ‘broken’ OIA now look to be out the window. The Government’s broken promises on transparency will justify New Zealanders’ cynical views of politicians across the spectrum.”

Welcome to the New Straight-Talking Reserve Bank of New Zealand

Budget win for the Taxpayers’ Union The Government formally announced public consultation on establishing an independent body to provide parties and the public non-partisan costings on their policies

Government commits to setting up an independent fiscal institution to provide non-partisan costings of political parties’ policies The Government has committed to establishing an independent body to provide the public with non-partisan costings of political parties’ policies and assessments of government forecast.

Budget 2018: Greenest Budget ever, says James Shaw What has been touted as the "the greenest Budget ever" has put more than $600 million toward environment-focused projects.

Six principles developed to guide NZ government use of data Stats NZ and the Privacy Commissioner issue guidance on the use of analytics and automated decision-making

International Corruption

UK committee says dirty Russian money threatens security The British Parliament's foreign affairs committee slammed the government Monday for "turning a blind eye" to the role London's financial center plays in laundering the proceeds of Russian corruption, saying it helps the Kremlin finance its aggressive foreign policy.

New Zealand Business

NZ fintech sector out-pacing rest of the world

Pacific

NZ investigators expose slavery and human trafficking at sea Investigators from New Zealand are behind a global operation that has exposed shocking incidents of human trafficking, slavery and abuse at sea aboard international fishing fleets