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New Zealand transparency, integrity and accountability

Data Security Now the Top New Zealand Consumer Priority When Choosing a Bank – New Unisys Research Finds New Zealanders trust banks more than twice as much as the government with their personal data – Unisys Asia Pacific Banking Insights study

Andrew Dickens: Fight between the ‘haves’ and ‘have-nots’ looming Opinion

APEC contracts to be reviewed after audit concerns Foreign affairs officials have been forced to review all contracts for New Zealand’s hosting of a major international summit, after the Auditor-General raised concerns about flaws in their procurement practices.

NZ’s open government work brings only marginal change New Zealand’s open government work over 2016-2018 brings only marginal change in government practice, new report suggests. scoop.co.nz.

MPs to consider ban on foreign political donations MPs will consider banning foreign donations to political parties after the Security Intelligence Service (SIS) warned that foreign governments want to influence New Zealand politicians.

Spy agencies concerned about foreign political donations and influence campaigns The heads of New Zealand’s intelligence agencies have told MPs they are concerned about political donations by hidden state actors and attempts to influence diaspora communities.

RBNZ Embarking on New Communication Strategy, Governor Orr Says New Zealand’s central bank is embarking on a new communication strategy that will see its policy makers speak less behind closed doors and cover a wider range of topics, RBNZ governor Adrian Orr said.

Spies shine light on interference, in spotlight over terror “…. the information laid out by the NZSIS and GCSB about efforts to covertly or deceptively affect New Zealand’s political system brought the issue alive in striking, if somewhat disconcerting, detail.”

Fashion grades: Rating the retail brands that make your clothes Most New Zealand fashion retailers are doing a good job of looking after the people who make their clothes, but some brands have work to do.- NZHerald

Report fails New Zealand fashion retailers on ethical grade Report fails New Zealand fashion retailers on ethical grade – Newshub.

Nine Kiwi brands failing to protect workers, ethical fashion report says Some of New Zealand’s highest-profile fashion brands have scored poorly in a new report into the industry’s ethics.

Australia

Trust in politicians under cloud as anti-corruption body concerns grow The anti-corruption body Transparency International will today update its wish-list for an Australian national integrity body, amid concerns that it won’t be properly resourced to fight corruption.

Government corruption and the need for a Federal ICAC

Pacific

PNG Govt to table anti-corruption bill A bill to establish an Independent Commission Against Corruption in Papua New Guinea will be tabled in Parliament next month, the Justice Minister says.

NGO wants PNG anti-corruption body to be strong Transparency International (Secretariat in Berlin) says it’s waiting to see how strong the Papua New Guinea government’s planned Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) will be.

Sport

Transparency International UK’s strategies for combatting corruption – A guide for sports organisations Lawn Sport Published 18 April 2019 | Authored by: Keith Oliver, Craig Hogg (Article references 2014 work by TI UK)

Transparency International

Three years after the Panama Papers: progress on horizon Whistleblowers and investigative journalists are helping pick apart the cross-border corruption networks that exploit the global financial system at the expense of human development.

Whistleblowers

Why Julian Assange’s arrest is troubling for whistleblowers

Repercussions for revealing corruption The new EU Whistleblower protection directive is a huge step forward, but journalists and activists still need to exercise caution in their work with whistleblowers. New principles for journalists offer a much needed guide.

International

Report: Construction and Real Estate Carry Greatest Corruption Risk Construction and real estate development are the business sectors globally most exposed to corruption, according to a new report by Risk Advisory, a London-based consultancy.

International organizations and the promotion of democracy Democracy without Boarders World Views, Daniele Archibugi & Marco Cellini,5. April 2019

As Global Democracy Stumbles, Corruption Flourishes Transparency International says the continued failure of most countries to significantly control corruption is contributing to a crisis in democracy…Law.com

Misleading takedowns: Facebook needs to be a lot more transparent when it comes to banning Pages, Groups Facebook’s role in taking down posts threatening electoral democracy needs to be understood better.

Social media executives could be liable for harmful content – The Guardian

Corruption a big issue in muslim-majority nations Malaysian Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad expressed regret that Muslims are involved in corruption when Islam prohibits it. New Straits Times, Malaysia

Corruption Challenges Index 2019 Corruption danger spots for business in 2019 by Risk Advisory, a London-based consultancy.