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Leaders Integrity Forum considers corruption risks

March 2018 will be remembered for decades to come in the annals of Australian cricket history – and all for the wrong reasons.  The ball-tampering scandal by some of Australia’s top cricketers have highlighted the vulnerability of sport to corrupt influences and shown once again how reputations built and maintained over a long time can come tumbling down in moments.

This debacle came only a week after the NZ Police Financial Investigation Unit (FIU) released the National Risk Assessment, an updated assessment of money laundering and terrorism financing risks that New Zealand faces and the vulnerabilities of the New Zealand financial system to these risks.

These two current matters brought the growing risks of corruption to the fore and were a timely contextual introduction to the April Leaders Integrity Forum’s focus on Risks of Corruption in New Zealand and what we can do about it.

The Hon Stuart Nash, Minister of Police, the first the speakers began by asking attendees to consider three questions:

  • Do we deserve our reputation for being the least-corrupt country in the world, or have we been lucky?
  • Are we being naïve when we say we are corruption-free?
  • Are we doing enough to address corruption?

These three questions were addressed by the forum Chair, Judge Peter Boshier, Chief Ombudsman; and presenters Mike Clement, Deputy Commissioner National Operations of the NZ Police; and David Howman, Head of the Athletics Integrity Unit of the International Athletics Federation. Each brought a unique perspective to the forum’s theme.

A blog prepared by the Office of the Auditor-General, summarises the discussion.

Hon Stuart Nash
Minister of Police
Leaders Integrity Forum April 2018

David Howman
Head of Integrity Unit
International Athletics Federation
Leaders Integrity Forum April 2018

Judge Peter Boshier
Chief-Ombudsman
Leaders Integrity Forum April 2018

Mike Clement
Deputy Commissioner of the NZ Police
Leaders Integrity Forum April 2018

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