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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.