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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

In case you missed it

3 May 2018

New Zealand transparency, integrity and accountability

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."

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

NZ fintech sector out pacing rest of the world

New measures coming to ensure NZ is only a place for 'honest business RNZ through stuff.co.nz

Ombudsman seeking better OIA practices

New Zealand rated 'compliant' in OECD tax transparency review

New Zealand scores highly in OECD tax transparency review

Pacific

PNG auditor-general appears in court Papua New Guinea's auditor-general has appeared in court on corruption charges - misappropriation, conspiracy to defraud, abuse of authority and official corruption.

Anti-corruption

15 incentives for greater citizen engagement in the fight against corruption

International

Daphne Project: Journalist's murder accused held until trial

International money laundering

A warning to the corrupt: if you kill a journalist, another will take their place Laurent Richard

French tycoon charged in Africa corruption probe

Have some London estate agents slipped up on their anti-money laundering checks?

Oligarchs hide billions in shell companies. Here's how we stop them The Guardian

How lack of transparency is making China a safe haven for investors

Sport

Chung quits OFC presidency amid rumours of political and financial corruption Inside world football

Corruption probe slams integrity of tennis as 'fertile breeding ground' for match-fixing

FIFA corruption concerns prompt Oceania probe FIFA says it has temporarily suspended the Oceania Football Confederation funding, part of its zero-tolerance approach to corruption

FIFA Vice President Quits after Audit Raises Questions New York Times

TINZ

Investigative journalists find suspicious foreign trusts

Transparency International

The new IMF anti-corruption framework: 3 things we’ll be looking for a year from now

New EU proposals for whistleblower protection is a bold step in the right direction

While the G20 drags its feet, the corrupt continue to benefit from anonymous company ownership

G20 countries moving too slowly to combat financial crime

 

In case you missed it

4 April 2018

Money Laundering

National Money Laundering and Terrorism Financing Risk Assessment 2018 New Zealand Police Financial Intelligence Unit

Billions in illicit funds filtering through New Zealand Newstalk ZB AudioTuesday, 20 March 2018, 7:39AM

Latest assessment of money laundering and terrorism financing risks published

Police's Financial Intelligence Unit release report on money laundering, terrorism New Zealand Herald

More than $1 billion is laundered in NZ every year: Police Stuff

Police’s Financial Intelligence Unit release report on money laundering, terrorism Anti-Corruption Digest

Oligarchs hide billions in shell companies. Here's how we stop them The Guardian

New Zealand transparency, integrity and accountability

Political Roundup: Defence cover-up starts to unravel Bryce Edwards

Expense claims of former Fraser Health boss and top managers exposed in report The newly released 2014 report, obtained by Postmedia through a freedom of information request, shows that ambiguous policies meant Murray and other Fraser Health managers submitted claims for expenses that have since been prohibited.

Former manager convicted of fraud is sentenced to home detention Saul Roberts former Assets Manager for a publicly funded health provider who pleaded guilty to fraud has been sentenced to eight months home detention at the Auckland High Court

The 2018 Acumen Edelman Trust Barometer indicates New Zealand scores for public trust on government and the media have increased compared to a year ago, is unchanged for business, but declining for non-governmental organisations (NGOs).

Calls for Government to tackle modern slavery

NZ Reserve Bank may be less of a 'fiefdom' with changes

Nigel Murray investigation passed to Serious Fraud Office RNZ

Pacific

New Zealand’s Pacific sea change

International

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) remains committed to fighting corruption and money laundering in the Asia-Pacific

Trump’s Washington: Drowning In Conflicts of Interest? Not a single Congressional Committee is looking into the abuse and utter mockery that is being made of official U.S. government ethics rules.

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12 March 2018

Corruption Perceptions Index

Vigilant public servants the key to NZ's number-1 ranking Public Service Association on scoop.nz.co

How corruption free is New Zealand? Bryce Edwards - NBR Political round up

Jones Will Send NZ Down Corruption Perceptions Index Press Release: ACT New Zealand.

Continued effort needed against corruption Hon. Clare Curran media release

New Zealand's public sector ranked least corrupt in the world tvnz.co.nz

NZ whistleblowers need more protection - Chief Ombudsman radionz.co.nz:  New Zealand's ranking as the least corrupt country in the world comes as no surprise, but more can be done, the Chief Ombudsman says.

NZ ranked least corrupt in the world nzcity.co.nz

NZ ranked least corrupt country, again Stuff.co.nz: New Zealand has once again been rated the least corrupt country but Open Government Minister Clare Curran warns there's still more work to be done.

PNG improves ranking in global corruption index radionz.co.nz

New Zealand’s public sector ranked least corrupt in the world Serious Fraud Office Media Release

New Zealand ranked least corrupt country in the world New Zealand Herald

New Zealand #1 least corrupt public sector in the world TINZ media release on Scoop

Continued effort needed against corruption scoop.co.nz

NZ has work to do despite 'world's least corrupt' tag Otago Daily Times

New Zealand transparency, integrity and accountability

New Zealand adopts International Open Data Charter cio.co.nz: Ensuring government-held data is used to help achieve better outcomes for New Zealanders is a key reason why the government is officially adopting the international Open Data Charter, says Statistics Minister James Shaw.

No more corporate freebies for Green MPs as they announce transparency measures tvnz.co.nz: Green Party co-leader James Shaw today announced two new transparency measures to "counter the influence of money in politics."

More light on revolving door lobbyists Bryce Edwards Newsroom

Political Roundup: How corruption-free is New Zealand? Bryce Edwards NZ Herald

New Zealand signs charter opening access to Government data Computer World: New Zealand has confirmed its commitment to the practice of openness in government with statistics minister James Shaw co-signing a letter with the Government Chief Data Steward, Liz MacPherson, that officially commits New Zealand to adopting the international Open Data Charter.

Ombudsman Releases OIA Data Community.scoop: Chief Ombudsman Peter Boshier today released his Office's latest data on Official Information Act complaints and outcomes."‘I believe this work has contributed to New Zealand’s public sector being ranked as the least corrupt in the world according to Transparency International’s 2017 world rankings released last week"

Driver licence scandal: hundreds of licences chucked out after officer accepted bribes for passes NZ Herald: Hundreds of drivers have had their licenses cancelled after a fraudulent licensing scam was uncovered; revealing staff had accepted bribes of up to $600 in exchange for a licence.

Corruption has 'no place in driver licensing system'  Voxy news item.

Australia

Calls for anti-graft body in Australia The Straits Times

Whistleblowers still in the firing line from foreign influence and official secrets laws theconversation.com: Australia is in the middle of intense debate about new federal foreign influence and official secrets laws

Pacific

PNG anti-fraud squad says corruption has grown significantly radionz.co.nz: The head of the Papua New Guinea police anti-fraud squad says corruption has grown significantly in recent years. Matthew Damaru said with the growth of PNG's economy, corruption had grown from simple fraud to more elaborate scams.

International

We condemn the murder of investigative journalist Ján Kuciak and his fiancee Martina Kušnírová Transparency International media release

Govt's not doing enough to fight graft - Transparency International New Vision

In case you missed it

11 February 2018

New Zealand transparency, integrity and accountability

New Zealand blocks China's HNA due to ownership doubts

Does trust in Government = trust in democracy? Scott Miller Chief executive Volunteering NZ

https://www.nbr.co.nz/article/treasury-commissioned-rbnz-review-finds-strong-case-reform-b-211705

Discussion of the 2017 Open Budget Survey Results TINZ media release on scoop.co.nz

Stats NZ seeks a 'social licence' for data stewardship Stats NZ wants to gauge Kiwi's perceptions of its role as a steward of their personal data.

Government one step closer to banning foreign house buyers

Foreigners are banned from buying property in New Zealand — Canada should do the same 

New Zealand Wealth Gap Wider

Can New Zealand become the digital Estonia of the South Pacific?

Pacific

Transparency International PNG Celebrates 21 Years

Calls in Solomons for transparency in use of public funds The Chairman of the Public Accounts Committee in Solomon Islands says Pacific governments need to be more transparent with how they manage public funds.

International

The theme for the 18th edition of the International Anti-Corruption Conference (IACC) is announced Together for Development, Peace and Security: Now is the Time to Act

Clear definition of corruption can help in waging war against scourge

International Anti-money laundering

With the new Unexplained Wealth Order (UWO), UK can seize assets of corrupt politicians, criminals Property in London and other major cities in the United Kingdom is said to be the major destination of corrupt cash.

Offshore UK property owners to be listed by 2021

Strengthened EU rules to prevent money laundering and terrorism financing EC media release

EU breakthrough in the fight against money laundering TI EU medial release

Factsheet about the strengthened EU rules around money laundering [PDF]

International Business

First ever transparency assessment of Russia’s 200 largest companies

Report targets corrupt business Transparency International Cambodia released its first Business Integrity Country Agenda assessment report, aimed at reducing corruption and improving the overall business environment in the country.

International Indexes

The U.K. Tops Forbes' Best Countries For Business 2018 New Zealand is second

NZ's financial transparency ranking improves New Zealand's international ranking as a financially transparent country has improved slightly in a newly published report.

Whistleblowing

Court of Cassation LuxLeaks decision highlights need for effective whistleblower protection Issued by Transparency International Secretariat