Whistleblowing Articles

Whistleblower survey findings

14 March 2019

Michael Macaulay

Whistling While They Work 2 is the largest research project on whistleblowing ever undertaken. Public, private and not for profit sectors in New Zealand and Australia participated. It has helped conversations in New Zealand, around updating the Protected Disclosures Act. Furthermore, a number of Australian jurisdictions have directly cited the project in legislative changes. 

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Protected Disclosures Act review 2018

14 December 2018

Julie Haggie
Chief Executive Officer TINZ

The State Services Commission (SSC) is conducting a review of the Protected Disclosures Act 2000.  It has sought public feedback on five options for change to encourage all New Zealanders to share their views on the benefits and risks of different proposals.

The consultation closes on 16 December.

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Protected Disclosure Act 2000 Review 2018 TINZ Submission

10 December 2018


Transparency International New Zealand (TINZ)’s submission to the Protected Disclosure Act 2000 Review 2018 It includes input and oversight by experts in the field, including Professor Michael Macaulay whose team recently released “Whistling while they Work 2” research, Debbie Gee who researched the Ministry of Transport case, as well as Suzanne Snively and Brendon Wilson.

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Debbie Gee: TINZ Member with Delegated Authority for Whistleblowing, Affiliations, and OPG

Lessons learnt from Ministry of Transport fraud case

7 August 2018

Debbie Gee

TINZ Member with Delegated Authority for Whistleblowing

The high-profile $725,000 fraud perpetrated at the Ministry of Transport by its former GM Organisational Development Joanne Harrison had many victims.

  • Those Ministry staff who tried to escalate her continued non-compliance were ignored and subsequently disadvantaged through Harrison’s actions.
  • Former colleagues,
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Anonymous whistleblowing tool

7 August 2018

The Commerce Commission has launched an anonymous whistleblowing tool to enable people to report cartels without being identified.

Cartel conduct is where two or more businesses agree not to compete with each other through conduct including price fixing, dividing up markets, bid rigging, or restricting output of goods and services. Cartels deprive consumers and other businesses of the benefits of competition in markets and may result in higher prices,

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Modern Slavery – Part 2

30 April 2018

by Tod Cooper

TINZ Member with Delegated Authority for

Procurement, Whistleblowing

This is the second in a series of articles to build awareness on modern slavery, particularly in New Zealand. Part 1 is here.

Our politicians and law makers need to accelerate the introduction of a Modern Slavery Act to establish clearer compliance expectations,

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Whistleblowing: A Time for Moral Courage

7 November 2017

Michael Macaulay

Michael Macaulay

MA (Hons), MSc, PhD

Board member with delegated authority for whistleblower issues

We are currently witnessing a deluge of scandals from the worlds of politics and entertainment.  Let us hope sincerely that they will lead to lasting change in the way in which terrible behaviour is understood and managed. Let us hope that New Zealand is as honest in speaking up about such behaviours.

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Suzanne Snively Chair Transparency International New Zealand

From the Chair

25 October 2017

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

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

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Internal Audits role in whistleblowing

21 August 2017

by James Rees-Thomas

Institute of Internal Auditors New Zealand board member

As we often hear on the sports field – it ends at the final whistle. But when it comes to reporting inappropriate behaviour in an organisational setting, this metaphorical blowing of the whistle actually signals the start of a very important process. The whistle can only be blown effectively if the action occurs from within a well-constructed and supportive framework.

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New Zealand needs to grasp the nettle of protected disclosures immediately

20 August 2017

by Michael Macaulay, Associate Professor

The School of Government, Victoria University

TINZ delegated authority for Open Government Partnership

Our recent report into Trans-Tasman whistleblowing processes indicates that New Zealand has fallen behind our Australian counterparts on just about every measure. This news was greeted by surprise in some quarters, which turned to a grudging acceptance once the aftermath of the recent tribulations at the Ministry of Transport (MOT) came to light.

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