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Banking

RBNZ Monetary Policy Handbook internationally recognised for transparency

  • The Reserve Bank of New Zealand has won the ‘Transparency Award’ at the international Central Banking Awards 2019 for its work on the Monetary Policy Handbook.
  • Reserve Bank of New Zealand – Media Release – 7 February 2020

Political Party Financing

Reputation vs reality: how vulnerable is New Zealand to systemic corruption?

  • I have reason to believe that New Zealand’s reputation for being corruption-free and its sense of well-being do not fully align with reality. This article focuses on the influence of money in NZ politics.
  • Timothy K Kuhner – The Spinoff – 6 March, 2020

Political Roundup: Fixing the problem of money in politics

  • New Zealand has a problem with money in politics. National and NZ First have been the subject of Serious Fraud Office investigations. And now that Labour mayors Phil Goff and Lianne Dalziel have been added to the list of fraud investigations, this should cement in the fact that we have a problem across the political spectrum, and at central and local government levels.
  • Commentary with Links – Dr Bryce Edwards – 6 March 2020

It’s time to end the secrecy over political donations

  • Future historians of New Zealand politics may look back on 2020 as the year in which voters finally lost patience with the arcane secrecy that surrounds donations to parties and candidates. 
  • Editorial – Dominion Post – 29 February 2020

To build a new politics, we must break the grip of big money

  • Action Station’s Laura O’Connell Rapira argues that the existing system simply cements the interests of the richest and most powerful.
  • Laura O’Connell Rapira – Guest writer- he Spinoff – Commentary – 20 February 2020

Cat MacLennan: Time for state-funded political parties to replace donations

  • For donations to two of New Zealand’s largest political parties to be investigated by the Serious Fraud Office in the same year, appears to be more than an unfortunate coincidence. Rather, it seems like a clear signal that something is seriously wrong with our political party funding rules.
  • Cat MacLennan – Opinion – RNZ – 20 February. 2020

Transparency International warns need for political funding reform is urgent

  • Transparency International is warning that the need to reform political funding structures is more urgent than ever – and that complacency is leaving the country more vulnerable to corruption. TINZ Chair Suzanne Snively is quoted extensively
  • Yvette McCullough – political reporter – RNZ – 27 February, 2020

Political donations law must be tightened to prevent abuses

  • Our political donations rules are wide open for abuse and corruption, and they need to be changed.
  • Chris Smith – Opinion – stuff.co.nz – 20 February, 2020

Political Roundup: NZ’s latest political lobbying problems

  • Commentary with Links – Dr Bryce Edwards – 19 February 2020

Should the political donation system change?

  • Both National and NZ First are facing Serious Fraud Office investigations related to political donations – Tranparency International’s Suzanne Snively joins The Panel to talk about whether things need to change.
  • RNZ – “The Panel” – 19 February 2020

Vested interests in New Zealand politics are too big to ignore – we need a Royal Commission

  • Our whole parliamentary and political system is deficient, especially when it comes to how political parties operate
  • Bryce Edawrds – Opinion – The Guardian – 19 Feburary, 2020

Sport

Despicable them: sport’s worst cheaters

  • Manchester City and the Houston Astros are latest inductees into the sports hall of shame.
  • newsroom.co.nz – 19 February 2020

Transparency

‘Never again’ says whistleblower about lifting lid on large-scale wine fraud

  • The employee who exposed large-scale fraud at a North Canterbury wine company says she will never take on the role of whistleblower again after her experience in this case.
  • Stuff.co.nz – 13 March, 2020

Mike Bush: Police announce anti-corruption unit

  • It’s hoped a dedicated anti-corruption unit will put a stop to growing organised crime, and catch out bent cops.
  • Newstalk ZB – 8 March 2020

New Zealand’s Turn For The Worse On Financial Transparency

  • New Zealand, along with Japan, has made the largest turn for the worse between 2018 and 2020 among 133 countries on the Index of Financial Security released today by the Tax Justice Network.
  • Scoop.co.nz

Financial Secrecy Index 2020

  • The Financial Secrecy Index ranks jurisdictions according to their secrecy and the scale of their offshore financial activities. Remaining and systemic issues in New Zealand law on trusts continues to allow their use as vehicles for tax avoidance.
  • Tax Justice Network – February 2020

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