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Corruption Perceptions Index

New Zealand has one of the least corrupt public sectors in the world TINZ Media Release – New Zealand has again been ranked as having one of the least corrupt public sectors and judiciaries in the World. The 2018 Corruption Perceptions Index (has New Zealand dropping its score to come second after Denmark

The root cause of corruption Tabish Khair – The Hindu. If we want to cut down on corruption, we will have to start working more seriously on reducing the huge chasm between the rich and the poor

Corruption Perceptions Index 2018 shows anti-corruption efforts stalled in most countries Transparency International (Berlin) Media Release. Analysis reveals corruption contributing to a global crisis of democracy

New Zealand transparency, integrity and accountability

The Best Countries For Business 2019: U.K. On Top, U.S. Down Forbes. New Zealand is ranked as the 5th

SSC report into use of private investigators ‘disturbing’, says Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern A State Services Commission inquiry into the use of private investigators by government agencies has revealed some disturbing and unethical behaviour, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says.

An ‘affront to democracy ”New Zealanders need to be able to trust that covert surveillance is only ever used in the public interest, with appropriate safeguards and to the highest ethical standards.” Otago Daily Times. [Note from Steve – is this an issue for us to pay attention to? The article assumes more knowledge than I have and is rambly]

The Act that revolutionised public finance Thirty years on, Victoria University of Wellington’s Professor Ian Ball leads an assessment of the legislation he helped draft and how it might be reformed to meet the complex needs of today. Victoria University of Wellington will be a hosting a conference to mark the 30th anniversary of the Public Finance Act, 26–28 July 2019.

Transport Ministry fraudster Joanne Harrison to be released from jail and deported to UK It seems farcical that a serial, multi-country fraudster since 2005, can get off so lightly, because of a side-swiping deportation order! Maybe an example of siloed govt agencies, simple cost savings for Corrections, and/or duped Parole Board?

Govts often abuse Electoral Act to stay in power – Nick Smith Both major parties have changed the law to benefit their own re-election chances, Nick Smith says, as he puts forward some ideas on electoral reform.

New Zealander arrested in $3 billion international fraud loan scheme A New Zealander is one of three former Credit Suisse bankers embroiled in an international fraud loan scheme.

New Zealander ‘a mastermind’ of Mozambique scam A New Zealand man with links to Christchurch is being portrayed as a key player in a multi-billion dollar scandal enveloping the African nation of Mozambique.

Editorial: Serious Fraud Office right to be vigilant over Provincial Growth Fund corruption risk NZHerald

Serious Fraud Office warns billions in public funding potentially misused The chief executive of the financial crime investigation agency, Julie Read, said she expected up to 5 percent of government funding to be obtained or used fraudulently.

Govt demands change in insurance sector after damning report The government will fast-track consumer protection measures in the financial sector, after a damning report into life insurance companies

Who stole the crypto from the crypto jar? Imagine a heist where you can see the bank vault the robbers have put the gold bars in, but you just can’t get at them.Or an unbreakable, unopenable, cookie jar on the shelf in front of you.This appears to be the situation with at least some of the millions of dollars of funds stolen from Christchurch digital assets exchange Cryptopia.

NZ’s electoral process the best in the world – report The annual Democracy Index, put together by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), once again has New Zealand showing the rest of the world how it’s done.

Australia

Corruption investigators have raided Australia’s Labor Party offices in Sydney and it’s reportedly over links to Chinese influence

Funding for new anti-corruption body well below what experts say is needed

Pacific

Former Solomon Islands premier arrested on corruption charges The former premier of the Solomon Islands province of Temotu has been arrested on corruption charges.

Former French Polynesia mayor sentenced for corruption The former mayor of Fakarava in French Polynesia has been given a ten-month suspended prison sentence for abusing public funds.

International

Brexit gives ‘unique opportunity for international co-operation on corruption’ That is according to the UK government in its updated anti-corruption strategy,

26 Billionaires Own The Same Wealth As The Poorest 3.8 Billion People A new economic system is needed to tackle rampant inequality, says a new Oxfam report.

International Money Laundering

Cyprus banks challenging money laundering associations NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) – Banks in Cyprus are concerned that their adoption of some of the toughest anti-money laundering regulations in the world has not been fully recognized abroad, the chief of the Association of Cyprus Banks said Monday.

OECD in Cayman to check on tax transparency reform OECD’s top tax officials visited the Cayman following the jurisdiction’s implementation of new legislation regarding economic substance that ensures companies have enough economic activity on the Island and not just a mailbox.

Indictment Alleges Former Credit Suisse Bankers Conspired to Circumvent the Bank’s Internal Controls in $2 Billion International Corruption and Money Laundering Scheme

Germany has “massive” money laundering problem says Transparency International Germany has a “massive problem” with money laundering by criminal organisations in its property sector, according to a report by the German branch of Transparency International.

Transparency International

10 quotes about corruption and transparency (Vol 2) After the success of our first edition, we’ve gathered more inspirational quotes about corruption and transparency for you. We hope you find them as inspiring and empowering as we do!

Fighting corruption around the globe — highlights from our chapters in 2018

Political asylum for ex-presidents: an easy way to impunity?