Media Releases

Investigative journalists find suspicious foreign trusts in New Zealand

20 April 2018

New Zealand remains vulnerable to the flow of illicit offshore assets. An Auckland company is caught up in an international money laundering controversy after it was identified helping to manage a network of New Zealand-registered companies and trusts for its secret clients.

“This article is striking. The amount of money involved and the newness of this activity are a strong signal that more needs to be done to prevent New Zealand trusts and companies from laundering foreign assets acquired under suspicious circumstances. We are left wondering just how much corrupt wealth is sheltered through New Zealand,” says Suzanne Snively, Chair of Transparency International New Zealand.fully transparent.

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Report on Money Laundering and Financing Terrorism warns against complacency

18 March 2018

In its updated assessment the New Zealand Police Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU) said $1.35 billion of domestic criminal proceeds is generated for laundering in New Zealand each year.

While the new requirement under the anti money laundering and counter terrorism act to be implemented in July will further assist the prevention of money laundering for terrorist and other criminal purposes financial transactions are not the only identifier of criminal intent. The Government needs to pass with urgency the bill that will identify beneficial ownership of trusts followed quickly with an amendment to cover all legal entities used by overseas sources and with the register fully transparent.

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Corruption Perceptions Index 2017

22 February 2018

New Zealand #1 least corrupt public sector in the world

New Zealand’s public sector is ranked the least corrupt in the world, according to Transparency International’s 2017 Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) released globally today.

Compiled annually by Berlin-based Transparency International, the CPI ranks countries worldwide by perceived levels of public sector corruption.

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International Anti-Corruption Day 2017

7 December 2017

“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,” says Suzanne Snively, Chair of Transparency International New Zealand (TINZ).

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Protect our whistleblowers

8 August 2017

Transparency International New Zealand (TINZ) is calls for better whistleblower protection.

The recent fraud case at the Ministry of Transport highlights the ineffectiveness in existing whistleblowing practice. “Whistleblowers – and their protection – are important to preserving New Zealand’s reputation,” says TINZ Director, David McNeill.  “We expect this to be a poignant issue during the election season.”

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Auditor General resignation requires transparency

5 August 2017

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Transparency International New Zealand (TINZ) calls on Parliament to release the report by Sir Maarten Wevers that lead to the resignation of Auditor-General Martin Matthews.

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TINZ applauds decline in foreign trusts Media Release

11 July 2017

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The sharp decline in registrations strongly suggests that there are number of foreign trusts involved in activities that couldn’t stand scrutiny.

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Transformation in the State Services Commission? Integrity finally gets a seat at the top table in the Public Sector

11 May 2017

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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.

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Public Sector Integrity Media Release

11 May 2017

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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.

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Defence Inquiry Media Release

2 April 2017

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Transparency needed to support the integrity of our Defence Force

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