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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

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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

In case you missed it

20 December 2017

New Zealand transparency, integrity and accountability

Don't give fraud the office space William Black and Kare Johnstone in the New Zealand Herald.

New Zealand’s reputation in “excellent shape” Simon Anholt, the author of global perception survey, the 2017 Anholt-GfK Nation Brands Index (BNI), says the findings highlight New Zealand’s consistent ability to punch above its weight.

Superannuation Guardians used 'Paradise Papers' law firm NBR.

Address to Nethui 2017, Aotea Centre, Auckland by Minister Clare Curran. We can pay more than lip service to the Open Government Partnership that we have signed up to internationally.

Auckland roading corruption conviction upheld by Court of Appeal. The Court of Appeal on Tuesday confirmed both the conviction and sentences in the Auckland roading contractors’ bribery and corruption case in a decision which underlines the firm line that both the courts – and prosecutors – are taking in recent years on bribery and corruption issues.

First charges laid in Unaoil bribery scandal. Recently, Canadian authorities launched an investigation into Unaoil's work for a North American firm. One of the men charged on Friday, British national Basil Al Jarah, set up shelf companies in New Zealand.

Govt to reveal plan for foreigners buying NZ farmland. The coalition deal between Labour and New Zealand First includes an agreement to "strengthen the Overseas Investment Act and undertake a comprehensive register of foreign-owned land and housing".

International Anti-Corruption Day: NZ's good reputation brings risk. Kiwis are being urged not to rest on our laurels despite the country consistently being rated as having low levels of corruption.

Opinion: It's time to open up the Closed GovernmentAct. Political scientist Bryce Edwards calls on public servants, academics and journalists to form a coalition to fix the Official Information Act.

Political Roundup: Will new Government embrace transparency – or run from it? Bryce Edwards in the New Zealand Herald.

Pacific

Solomons’ toppling all about anti-corruption bill – Liloqula The executive director of the watchdog group, Transparency Solomon Islands, has no doubt Manasseh Sogavare was dumped as Solomons' prime minister over the anti-corruption legislation he was advocating.

Samoa among newly blacklisted 'tax havens' The European Union has blacklisted 17 countries as tax havens as it cracks down on tax avoidance, and put another 47 on a list to make reforms to avoid being labelled tax havens.

Solomons to set up new Anti-Corruption Commission A government official from the Solomon Islands says a new Anti-Corruption Commission will be established when the Anti-Corruption Bill becomes law The controversial bill has been blamed by a watchdog group for inspiring this week's no confidence vote that toppled prime minister Manasseh Sogavare.

Hope for anti-corruption efforts in new Solomons leadership The chairperson of Transparency International Solomon Islands has welcomed new prime minister Rick Hou's pledge to pass the anti-corruption bill.

Sport

New Zealand government agency to launch inquiry into integrity in sport Sport New Zealand is considering a review into sport integrity, as concerns over doping, match-fixing, corruption and other issues grow.

International

Trump administration deals a blow to international anti-corruption efforts The decision has been met with widespread criticism from transparency advocate groups.

UK's anti-money laundering system is "failing", Transparency International claims City A.M. The UK is at the heart of global money laundering and corruption, because the system designed to prevent abuse is failing, a damning report …

UK shell companies linked to £80bn money laundering Britain is home to network of companies hiding illicit wealth, say researchers. (Financial Times - subscriber content.)

No letup in fight against corruption China will continue its hunt for corrupt officials who flee overseas and their illegal assets, including the establishment of international cooperation mechanisms, the top anti-graft body pledged.

Saudi corruption probe: arrests as '$100bn misused'

EU Transparency International for action against offshore secrecy jurisdictions Transparency International European Union Tuesday called upon member states in Europe to step up efforts in tackling offshore secrecy

Transparency International

Transparency International launches 10 anti-corruption principles for state-owned enterprises

Antoine Deltour: LuxLeaks whistleblower’s long legal battle continues Transparency International. Will the highest court in Luxembourg at least recognise that whistleblowers are not thieves? We'll find out soon.

Anti-Corruption Day 2017: Empowering citizens’ fight against corruption Transparency International Media Release.

Global Corruption Barometer: citizens’ voices from around the world Transparency International.

Transparency International warns climate summit to demand accountability to prevent corruption.

How to improve transparency in the wake of the Paradise Papers The Paradise Papers leak has shone more light on secret companies used by the wealthy to avoid tax and launder corrupt wealth, says Steve Goodrich of Transparency International.

Transparency International New Zealand

International Anti-Corruption Day 2017 Scoop picked up the Transparency International New Zealand media release.

International Anti-Corruption Day 2017 Transparency International New Zealand Media Release. “This is a good day to remind your local MP to enjoin Parliament to become the global leader of countries working together to stop illicit financial flows, to stem international money laundering and develop stronger policies to prevent domestic corruption."

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7 November 2017

International

Rational Kleptocracy reducing or eradicating corruption depends on collective, not individual, change.

How to regulate Facebook and the online giants in one word: Transparency Digital technologies rewrite the relationships between society's element

We condemn the barbaric murder of Daphne Caruana Galizia who fearlessly exposed corruption Anti-corruption activists, press freedom advocates and investigative journalists from around the world condemn the barbaric murder of Daphne Caruana Galizia, an investigative journalist from Malta who courageously exposed organised crime and corruption in politics.

ParadisePapers: time to clean up the offshore financial havens Transparency International

New Zealand transparency, integrity and accountability

Doing Business Measuring Business Regulations The World Bank The Doing Business project provides objective measures of business regulations for local firms in 190 economies and selected cities at the subnational level. New Zealand is ranked number one for 2018. New Zealand is first on ease of doing business for the second consecutive year

Farmers should benefit from calls for greater transparency around food production Consumer demands for more transparency in food production are expected to bring greater rewards for New Zealand farmers demonstrating good environmental stewardship.

Pair convicted of corruption launch appeal A roading contractor and senior Auckland council manager found guilty of corruption in the country's largest bribery prosecution will next week challenge their convictions and sentences in the Court of Appeal.

Revealed: Police haul of assets from corrupt contractor The haul relates to police efforts to seize the proceeds of crime following the country's largest-ever bribery prosecution where Stephen Borlase - the former head of roading contractor Projenz - and Murray Noone - a former senior manager at Auckland Transport - were last year convicted in the High Court of bribery and corruption.

You'd best be prepared if trusts bill becomes law Specifically, I want to address the ramifications for trustees, the key one being disclosure of trust information to beneficiaries. A trustee's duty to inform beneficiaries is a fundamental responsibility.

Lobby groups have power but not on the same scale as US New Zealand is often named by one of the least corrupt countries by international surveys, but that doesn't mean those who make the country's laws are immune to the influence of special interest groups, unions and big business.

Auckland roading corruption conviction upheld by Court of Appeal The Court of Appeal on Tuesday confirmed both the conviction and sentences in the Auckland roading contractors’ bribery and corruption case in a decision which underlines the firm line that both the courts – and prosecutors – are taking in recent years on bribery and corruption issues.

Paradise Papers

What are the Paradise Papers and what do they tell us? The Guardian

Paradise Papers: NZ Govt urged to demonstrate leadership on global tax avoidance - Oxfam

Paradise Papers International Consortium of Investigative Journalists - A new leak of confidential records reveals the financial hideaways of iconic brands and power brokers across the political spectrum

End the era of tax havens Oxfam - The Paradise Papers is the latest tax scandal to hit the headlines. From prominent politicians and celebrities to global corporate giants, tax dodgers have once again been exposed for not paying their fair share

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6 October 2017

Transparency International New Zealand

Political parties struggle with corruption test National Business Review (Paid Content) Duncan Bridgeman

NZ should toughen up political financing rules, Transparency International head says National Business Review (Paid Content) Fiona Rotherham and Susan Wood

Which political party takes the best stance on corruption? National Business Review (Paid Content) Duncan Bridgeman

New Zealand transparency, integrity and accountability

2014 and 2015 Corruption Perceptions Index tables corrected Issued by Transparency International Secretariat

Saudi sheep deal: The two-year hunt for the 'legal advice' Analysis - After two years of battling for transparency over the Saudi sheep deal Tim Watkin got some answers this week, but he still has plenty of questions.

We're among the least corrupt - until election time Bribery is bribery plain and simple, writes Gerrard Eckhoff

The NZ Defence Force manipulated the Battle of Baghak video.

Open Government – Inoculating Against Fascism Joseph Cederwall - Scoop

Civil proceedings initiated relating to bribery and corruption charges The Commissioner of Police initiated civil proceedings last week against a 53-year-old man and his wife for his criminal activities relating to bribery and corruption.

Police freeze $8.6m over bribery, corruption case Radio New Zealand - Police have frozen $8.6 million of assets belonging to a man found guilty in a bribery and corruption case

More work needed to fulfil anti-corruption promises, NGO says More than two thirds of promises made by 43 countries to fight corruption last year have been completed or seen progress but more work needs to be done, a report said.

How To Vote To Ensure A More Open Government “...there are mechanisms in place by which we citizens can progress this important issue.”

Pacific

Kiribati launches anti-corruption strategy The Kiribati government has launched its first ever National Anti-Corruption Strategy.

PNG government criticised for watering down ICAC draft Papua New Guinea's government has been accused of watering down the powers of a draft Independent Commission Against Corruption, or ICAC.

March in Solomons to petition PM on anti-corruption

Break-in ‘will not shake’ PNG’s Transparency International Transparency International Papua New Guinea (TIPNG) says its work will continue despite a break-and-entry incident at their Boroko premises.

International

New Swiss tax data exchange deals raise red flags The automatic exchange of tax information (AIE) between countries is generally seen as an effective way of cracking down on tax cheats. But what if a country uses the data to politically oppress its citizens? It’s a burning issue facing Swiss lawmakers.

3 things we’ve learned since the Anti-Corruption Summit in London 2016 Transparency International

Transparency International tracker shows how countries are keeping Anti-Corruption Summit promises

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20 August 2017

Anti-corruption

15 ways young people can fight corruption On International Youth Day, we celebrate youth around the globe and their power to help shape a fairer and more just world.

New report examines the links between the right to information and fighting poverty

Auditor-General Stepping Down

The Ministry of Transport fraud case: Why the rot goes deeper than Joanne Harrison

PSA calls for transparency on Auditor-General report

Opinion: Auditor-General Martin Matthews right to quit

Political roundup: Can the Auditor-General be trusted to combat corruption?

Auditor-General resigns, saying his position is 'untenable'

New Zealand’s auditor-general resigns over handling of fraud Washington Post

Auditor-General Martin Matthews stands down, investigation remains a secret

New Zealand transparency, integrity and accountability

Four out of every five dollars donated to big parties in secret, sparking new push for transparency

Immigration officials target corruption in Indian student market

Sir Geoffrey Palmer’s interview on RNZ National he offered his thoughts on the current lack of transparency surrounding Sir Maarten Wevers’ investigative report into the former Auditor-General, together with the timing of the latter’s resignation.

MBIE striving to diagnose whether a problem exists due to a lack of transparency on company and trust beneficial ownership

Trade Me fields requests for member information from police, Government

BOMBSHELL – AUSTRALIA, NEW ZEALAND PAY THE PRICE FOR REFUSING TO COME CLEAN ON NAJIB & JHO LOW’S 1MDB THEFTS Malaysia Chronical Editorial

Political Roundup: Expect an extraordinary report on corruption and whistleblowing TINZ Director Bryce Edwards

Global corruption puts New Zealand at risk Jos&ecute; Ugaz visiting New Zealand

Democracy is in decline, so what can we do? New Zealand is not immune from international trends and cannot afford to be complacent about its democracy, writes Sir Geoffrey Palmer

Four Immigration NZ staff have been fire over conflicts of interest in the past five years, and 48 caught out for various fraud and dishonesty charges.

Political Roundup: Rot in the NZ political system spreads

Chris Eichbaum: Free and frank advice fast disappearing

Why We Need a More Open Election in 2017 In April Scoop received crowdfunding from our generous supporters in order to achieve the goal of “Opening The Election” in 2017. We are happy to announce that Scoop’s new Opening The Election 2017 page is live now.

Officials' tertiary fraud fears revealed

Sport

Match-fixing attempt at NZ Badminton Open

Transparency International New Zealand

TINZ applauds the decline in foreign trusts

Whistleblowers

Media Statement: Report of investigation into whistle blower treatment within the Ministry of Transport

Paula Bennett promises to protect whistleblowers who expose fraud within the public service State Services Minister Paula Bennett is promising to protect those who speak out against fraud.

Whistle-blowers shouldn't suffer for speaking out

Whistling while they work

Pacific

PNG advisors quit over election woes

Questions remain over PNG govt involvement in land deal Transparency International Papua New Guinea says questions remain over a suspicious land deal involving at least two government ministers.

PNG PM to keep fighting arrest warrant

PNG: doubts corruption commission will gain govt traction A Papua New Guinea writer says he doubts whether the re-elected Peter O'Neill-led government will create an Independent Commission Against Corruption.

The black hole where PNG's anti-graft efforts disappear

International

Watchdog planning new approach to fighting corruption The world head of Transparency International, Jose Ugaz, says the watchdog organisation is planning to take a new approach to dealing with corrupt and fraudulent practices.

A Spark in the Dark – Scottish Limited Partnerships and the UK Government’s Faltering Transparency Initiative Interesting information about complience and onership.

In case you missed it

5 July 2017

New Zealand transparency, integrity and accountability

Foreign trusts whittled down after new rules

Foreign trusts 'fled' from the sunlight - Labour

NZ failing its whistleblowers New research has raised concerns about how New Zealand organisations are protecting those who speak out about wrongdoing. Do we need to do more to look out for our whistleblowers?

Conflicts of interest on the rise in Australasia Deloitte ABC of bribery and corruption for 2017

New Zealand now 9th equal on world Social Progress Index New Zealand remains one of the best places in the world to live, according to a global survey that has us level pegging in the top 10 with our Tasman neighbours. In 2015, New Zealand was in the number one spot but bulging waistlines and soaring house prices pushed us down the rankings in successive surveys.

'Corruption is real in New Zealand, it's happening' New Zealand is not as honest and free of corruption as it likes to believe, according to a new report.

Outdated and increasingly toothless, the Official Information Act needs an overhaul Democracy around the world is under threat, and New Zealand is not immune. Here, government attitudes to official information are hampering democratic debate and accountability, writes Sir Geoffrey Palmer.

T&G celebrates 120 years in NZ Exceeding customers' expectations and innovating but with an honesty, integrity and transparency back to our suppliers.” Andrew Kearney, executive GM of New Zealand at T&G Global, highlighted the depth of the group's ...

The latest news from Superu with reference to TINZ (refer to 'Adding value to the sector').

Editorial: Thiel case shows need for transparency Citizenship is something to be treasured, not bestowed in secret. New Zealanders have the right to know who is being granted this gift, from the moment it is made.

Actions risked New Zealand’s reputation Press Release: Serious Fraud Office

Pacific

Papua New Guinea election descends into chaos amid violence and claims of bribery Voting was suspended in the capital after three election officials were found to be carrying over US$50,000 in cash, suspicious documents and ballot papers.

NZ to help Pacific combat money laundering New Zealand Foreign Minister Gerry Brownlee has announced a significant boost to support Pacific island countries comply with international anti-money laundering standards.

Taking a lend: concerns over China aid to Pacific The head of Australia’s foreign ­affairs department has raised concerns about the transparency of tendering in China’s Belt and Road Initiative and about unsustainable lending to Pacific nations.

Australian doors wide open for money stolen in PNG Blog from PNG, New Zealand's position is similar to Australia's.

International

EU Backs New Tax Transparency Rules For Multinationals

Activists and experts ridicule OECD’s tax havens ‘blacklist’ as a farce Ahead of the G20 summit of world leaders next week in Hamburg, Germany, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) released on Wednesday a list of countries that are failing to meet international tax transparency standards.

Oxfam disputes opaque OECD failing with just one tax haven on transparency According to the Paris-based Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, just one country fails to comply with international transparency standards, which Oxfam strongly disputes.

Transparency for intermediaries On 21st June 2017, the European Commission has proposed new transparency rules for intermediaries that design or sell potentially harmful tax schemes.

In case you missed it

2 June 2017

TINZ Releases

Public Sector Integrity Media Release. State Services Commission took a very positive step in addressing a key recommendation of TINZ's Integrity Plus 2013 New Zealand National Integrity System Assessment by advertising a role for Deputy Commissioner, Integrity, Ethics and Standards. 11 May, 2017.

Defence Inquiry Media Release. Transparency needed to support the integrity of our Defence Force.

TINZ AML2 Submission. Transparency International New Zealand's latest select committee submission (20 April) on the Anti-Money Laundering and Countering Financing of Terrorism Amendment Bill makes eight recommendations.

Blog Posts

Brand upon the brain – protecting New Zealand’s global reputation. It’s not every day that a conversation about how we can all protect, and create advantage from, New Zealand’s global reputation leaves a group of people animated and full of pride – but it should be. Blog post by Ann Webster, Assistant Auditor-General for Research & Development, at the recent Transparency International NZ's Leaders Integrity Forum (May 2017).

New Zealand transparency, integrity and accountability

Aucklander jailed in corruption case audited Queenstown tenders.

Corruption allegations threaten to wreck Muscat’s premiership in Malta Panama Papers scandal continues to dog EU’s smallest country. Family members allegedly instructed lawyers to set up secret offshore trusts in New Zealand and companies in Panama.

Siah Hwee Ang: Asia is moving fast, but not necessarily in our direction.

Panama Papers: Malta scandal exposes NZ trusts again "the latest revelations, which relate to the same trusts, raise doubts over the effectiveness of the New Zealand government's attempts to stop money laundering through its offshore trusts.

Four of China's 'most wanted' for corruption believed to be hiding in Auckland.

Malta scandal exposes New Zealand trusts again The latest wave of allegations in Malta underline how easily the New Zealand disclosure laws can be avoided, which the new laws do not change. If the reports are substantiated, they raise a far more serious picture of money-laundering from one of the most corrupt countries in the world, in which New Zealand's foreign trusts played a significant role.

New Zealand navy paid $700,000 to firm mired in ‘Fat Leonard’ sex and bribery scandal Exclusive: Royal New Zealand Navy says no investigation opened following biggest ever US navy bribery case.

NZ Politics Daily: Can the Auditor-General be trusted to combat corruption in New Zealand? Bryce Edwards

NZ Politics Daily: Government’s Trump-like threats against opponents Bryce Edwards

Brand upon the brain – protecting New Zealand’s global reputation It’s not every day that a conversation about how we all can protect, and create advantage from, New Zealand’s global reputation leaves a group of people animated and full of pride – but it should be. Blog post by Ann Webster, Assistant Auditor-General for Research & Development, at the recent Transparency International NZ's Leaders Integrity Forum (May 2017).

International

Unexplained Wealth Orders: How to catch the corrupt and corrupt money in the UK. UK parliament passed an important provision that introduces a powerful new weapon into the anti-corruption arsenal: Unexplained Wealth Orders.

Advisory Group on Anti-Corruption and Integrity Delivers Recommendations for OECD developed during the Corruption and Integrity Forum in March 2017. The Secretary-General convened the Advisory Group in March 2015 with a mandate to think how the OECD can increase its impact of its anti-corruption and integrity programmememe as part of the global effort to promote good governance and sound markets. Former TI Chair, Huguette Labelle, is a member of the Advisory Group. Amongst its 22 recommendations are addressing topics, such as whistle-blowing. Recommendation 17 is to foster good practice so NGOs can provide informed and independent opinions about government’s anti-corruption and integrity performance.

Transparency International New Zealand

Integrity gets a seat at the top table in the Public Sector. Transparency needed to support the integrity of our Defence Force

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20 April 2017

New Zealand transparency, integrity and accountability

Glenn Simmons, Nigel Haworth and Hugh Whittaker: Transparency needed in fishing industry, say academics seeking internal reports

New Zealand continues to top polls of world's best countries. World Happiness Report 2017 ranks New Zealand 8th

Fraud Film Festival YouTube channel

New Zealand PM rules out probe into deadly Afghan raid

Kiwi companies come out on top in latest ethical fashion survey

Former Fisher & Paykel worker admits corruption

Money laundering - foreign owned assets

Open Ownership Registration Launch Worldwide Webinar

Transparency International: Only 1 in 5 London Homes Are Sold To Locals

Transparency International Netherlands: Unmask anonymous owners behind offshore structures

Secret companies allow corrupt cash to flood the biggest real estate markets

Report launch: Transparency International finds thousands of São Paulo properties are secretly owned

Report Launch: Transparency International shows luxury goods dealers cash in on corrupt customers

UK aims for more transparency with foreign owners' property register

Swiss watchdog: Probes of money laundering jump in 2016

International

Trump administration may have halted a second energy anti-corruption effort

Being an Ethical Business in a Corrupt Environment Harvard Business Review

Global Week of Action to #EndTaxHavens, 1-7 April 2017 was designed to encourage and promote diverse activities across our tax justice communities to increase public pressure on governments around the world to end the damaging practice of tax havens.

Corruption in Asia Pacific: what 20,000+ people told us

Australians lead worldwide support for political donations reform

Gulf Between Civil-Common Law Countries on Openness of Court Decisions Centre for Law and Democracy

Electronic Disclosure System Australia's Electronic Disclosure System for political donations

Finland's Justice Ministry to probe how courts deal with corruption Although Finland is regularly ranked among the least corrupt countries in the world, Finnish Minister of Justice Jari Lindström has called for an investigation into how the courts handle and identify bribery cases. Despite Finland's good reputation, a report issued last year by the OECD noted problems in investigations and legal proceedings of corruption cases in Finland.

Global Alliance for Tax Justice The purpose of the Global Action is to increase public pressure on governments around the world to end global tax avoidance and evasion.

Exposing Procurement Corruption: Ten Questions to Ask The Global Anticorruption Blog

How corruption affects climate change

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2 March 2017

New Zealand transparency, integrity and accountability

This Haven for Billionaires Has a Murky Trust Issue A flamboyant Malaysian financier linked to an international money-laundering probe has laid bare New Zealand’s surprising appeal as a destination for the ultra-rich to park their wealth.

OIA statistics released State Services Commissioner Peter Hughes has today published the first set of Official Information Act (OIA) statistics covering 110 different government agencies.

First release of OIA statistics New Zealand is taking great strides in transparent governance with the release of detailed data examining the public sector’s response to official information requests.

CERA staff to be investigated over private company dealings Revelations that Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority (CERA) staff tried to do commercial property deals for their own company will be investigated by the Prime Minister's Department and the State Services Commission.

Avoiding complacency about corruption Bryce Edwards.

Govt moves to end NZ's tax haven reputation  Legislation passed by the Government in February led by Inland Revenue Minister, Judith Collins led to TINZ Chair being interviewed by RNZ for its midday news, who outlines whythe benefits to New Zealand of a trusted reputation far exceeded any contribution to GDP the advisers to foreign trusts were adding."

Panama Papers law firm Mossack Fonseca quits NZ

Political Roundup: New Zealand's beautiful democracy Bryce Edwards.

Grant McLachlan: NZ should raise the bar on corruption

Auckland Transport corruption

Corrupt Auckland Transport execs jailed for five years

Two jailed, six leave jobs in country's largest bribery case

Sentences handed down in Auckland roading corruption case

Men guilty of corruption and bribery will spend time in jail

Prison sentence for two men in bribery case

Bribes are a sickness that threatens the democratic system

Common Reporting Standard

New Zealand to Enact Tighter Foreign Trust Disclosure Rules

International

Measuring corruption: why it is important

Transparency PNG says sacked whistleblowers should be honoured Transparency International PNG says reports nine Defence Department civilian staff have been sacked should be of concern to everyone in Papua New Guinea.

Most fans don’t believe Gianni Infantino’s first year has won back trust in FIFA

ISIS cannot be defeated without addressing corrupt conditions in which they thrive Transparency International UK

Trump's Conflicts Could Undercut Global Efforts To Fight Corruption, Critics Say

Pacific

Open Govt Partnership Report on NZ finds little improvement

Asia Pacific corruption poll 2016 media release TI global corruption barometer

Blog Posts

Responding to the Panama Papers is a blog post by Ann Webster, Assistant Auditor-General for Research & Development, about the way the Shewan Inquiry was scoped for faster policy to tighten controls over foreign trusts. Her observations derive from presentations by John Shewan and Raj Kirshnan (GM of Regulatory Services, DIA) at the recent Transparency International NZ's Leaders Integrity Forum (March 2017).