Transparency Times December 2017

From the Chair

Suzanne Snively Chair Transparency International New Zealand

Suzanne Snively, Chair Transparency International New Zealand

The Pohutakawa‎ flowers are blooming earlier than ever this year, adding massively to the holiday celebratory atmosphere. The huge trees are covered in perhaps the largest mass of red blossoms in history as a result of rainfall in late November complemented now with the unusually constant and intense sunshine and warmth.

Their abundance and splendour forecasts new possibilities. It has been a perfect balance of rain and sun, timed to maximise the New Zealand Christmas-tree blooms.  

But not perfect for everyone. Farmers are experiencing conditions too dry for growing which is reflected in the prices of traditional holiday foods such as kumara, pumpkin and asparagus.

What will happen when the drought ends – will the rain sink into the ground or will there be flooding? And how will holiday makers fare with all the sun? Is the damage to the ozone layer reducing?  And how clean is the water where they are swim?

While we bask in current lovely weather, the inconvenient truth is that more transparency is required to understand both the immediate and long-term determinants and impact of climate.

Look at California. The western seaboard emerged from years of drought last year with a glorious growing season. And then, everything dried up and the drought came back, sparking massive forest fires.

By ensuring that there is transparency in climate change reporting and in future projections of its impact on state of the environment, policy makers can be genuinely accountable for the factors that shape our future.

New Zealand is number one in many areas including fiscal transparency and public sector transparency.

How can the Government also target being number one in transparency around key environmental performance measures? ‎ 

How can key areas be monitored so that we can all better understand the direction of change in water quality, air quality, quality of the ozone layer and the pace of transformation to renewable energy resources?

Important to all of this is finding ways for mankind’s ability to address climate change. Mike Bennett, CEO of Z Energy, has promised to listen to ideas about reducing dependency on fossil fuels.  Z Energy  is a major winner in recent Deloitte ‎top 200 awards because of the company’s values and strategy.

Can we rely on commercial leaders like Mike to do the right thing, perhaps motivated by monitoring tools that measure the extent of change?

‎Even before war broke out in Syria, there was a major drought. two million of its citizens became refugees leaving in search for economic survival elsewhere.  ‎The subsequent chaos contributed to the outbreak of war.

With the world’s population growing rapidly towards 8 billion, urgency is required to address the requirements of the environment so that the planet can thrive and support its inhabitants – human, plant and animal.

The sooner New Zealand policy makers move towards ranking number one for our measures of environmental transparency, the sooner there can be a pathway forward for a sustainable peace on earth.

As you take time for a well-earned holiday, keep safe and take time to smell the flowers and consider the key areas where environmental transparency is required.

Suzanne Snively, ONZM


Transparency International New Zealand Inc.

TINZ New Year’s Wishes

TINZ Staff

New Governments tend to bring with them fresh optimism and hope for further reform, and New Zealand is no exception.  We are very pleased with the commitments this government has made for better practices around issues of transparency.  Several Members of Parliament have promised to work directly with Transparency International New Zealand (TINZ) in advancing our mutual corruption prevention interests.

There are opportunities to demonstrate that a trusted society is a productive, more prosperous and harmonious one. Here are several areas where we will be looking for progress:

  1. Advance of the recommendations in the Integrity Plus 2013 New Zealand National Integrity System Assessment (NIS). It provides research-based evidence about the attributes of governance, mandate and capacity to improve personal and family inclusion, and ability to participate, work and prosper in a cohesive society. Of the NIS recommendations, two in particular are worth highlighting – Parliamentary oversight and the funding of political parties:
    • The NIS finds that Parliament’s administrative arrangements and officers are not subject to the Official Information Act 1982, nor is there a code of conduct for members of Parliament or transparency of lobbying of members of Parliament.
    • How politicians raise and spend their funds, including indirect state funding provided opaquely to the parties in Parliament, and how the state attempts to regulate their activities. Legitimacy is a major problem with low levels of membership of and public trust in political parties.
  2. Progressing the commitment to the Open Government Partnership and deepening the public consultation on it so that civil society, the wider community and business sectors work together to ensure that the associated National Action Plan engages people throughout our country to become involved, bringing in their voices as contributors to policy development.
  3. Building-in transparency around the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement – this is both important for maintaining our local sovereignty as a democracy, and engaging the wider business sector, including SMEs, in the wider free-trade opportunities.
  4. To ensure that the public has access to the tools that empower them to build strong integrity systems.  For example, TINZ has developed a free on-line anti-corruption training programme and is working with the Serious Fraud Office, BusinessNZ and law and accounting firms.
  5. Help sustain our democracy with a broad initiative for civics in schools to empower children – rich and poor – to engage, express their rights, and exercise their power.


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Leaders Integrity Forums introductory overview

Anne Gilbert

TINZ Project Manager
Public Sector

Transparency International New Zealand (TINZ) works in partnership with the Office of the Auditor General (OAG) to host a series of Leaders Integrity Forums for public sector leaders on themes pertaining to transparency, integrity and anti-corruption prevention.

Here, the public sector leaders come together to discuss issues of common interest, share examples of good practice in addressing corruption/strengthening integrity systems, and to resolve complex issues faced by their agencies.  These Forums are held under Chatham House Rules but in the interest of transparency and to disseminate knowledge about ways to maintain and enhance the integrity of the public sector, a blog is published summarising the discussions.

Follow this link to the themes and associated blogs for 2017.

For example, at the Leaders Integrity Forum held 17 October 2017, Andrew Kibblewhite, CEO Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, displayed a Rubik’s Cube analogy to describe the necessary interlocking of key integrity components to achieve stable government.

A recent blog post: Brand upon the brain – protecting New Zealand’s global reputation. “It’s not every day that a conversation about how we can all protect, and create advantage from, New Zealand’s global reputation leaves a group of people animated and full of pride – but it should be.” Blog post by Ann Webster, Assistant Auditor-General for Research & Development, at the May 2017 Leaders Integrity Forum.


United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

Transparency International New Zealand supports the Sustainable Development Goals

Sustainable Development Goal 16 - Peace Justice and Strong Institutions

From the United Nations Website:

“On September 25th 2015, countries adopted a set of goals to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all as part of a new sustainable development agenda. Each goal has specific targets to be achieved over the next 15 years.

For the goals to be reached, everyone needs to do their part: governments, the private sector, civil society and people like you.”

The global body, Transparency International (TI), and our chapter, Transparency International New Zealand (TINZ), are committed to supporting these Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

The seventeen SDGs are:

  1. End poverty in all its forms everywhere
  2. End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture
  3. Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages
  4. Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all
  5. Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls
  6. Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all
  7. Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all
  8. Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all
  9. Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation
  10. Reduce inequality within and among countries
  11. Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable
  12. Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns
  13. Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts
  14. Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development
  15. Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss
  16. Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels
  17. Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalise the global partnership for sustainable development

Of particular interest to Transparency International is SDG-16 that focuses on the governance required to achieve transparent and accountable institutions. A specific objective of this goal is to develop a universal measure for monitoring corruption.

The 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals
The 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

TI’s strong alignment with SDG-16

David Rutherford

David Rutherford

David Dunsheath

Delegated authority for SDGs

Newsletter Co-Editor

David Rutherford, Human Rights Commissioner, was guest speaker at the November Board Meeting of Transparency International New Zealand (TINZ). He reinforced the significance of the ready-made framework provided by the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), for the improvement of Human Rights in New Zealand and elsewhere. He noted the responsibilities of the State and businesses to ensure adequate Human Rights are realised, and observed the frustrations from lack of engagement with the actions required to achieve the SDG targets. However, he argued the emergence of some positive initiatives here.

Now, two years into the 15-year SDG programme, public awareness of these SDGs, designed to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all, is only now dawning in New Zealand. Government, civil society and business institutions have only recently begun to align their policy settings with specific SDGs of relevance. They are yet to network collaboratively for greater overall effectiveness.

Of particular interest to Transparency International is SDG-16. Of the seventeen SDGs, SDG-16: ‘Peace, Justice, and Strong Institutions’ provides a critical enabler for achievement of all the other SDGs. It is focussed on achieving peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, the provision of access to justice for all, and building effective, accountable institutions at all levels. Indeed, it is difficult to envisage how countries can make effective progress on the other goals without firmly embedding SDG-16 within their respective government, civil society and business institutional culture, at an early stage.

SDG-16 is underpinned by 12 ‘targets’. Eight of these targets have direct linkage with the seven key values of Transparency International (TI), a global movement with the single vision of a world free of corruption:

TI value SDG-16 target achievement


16.6 Develop effective, accountable and transparent institutions at all levels.


16.10 Ensure public access to information and protect fundamental freedoms, in accordance with national legislation and international agreements.


16.5 Substantially reduce corruption and bribery in all their forms.

16.4 By 2030, significantly reduce illicit financial and arms flows, strengthen the recovery and return of stolen assets and combat all forms of organised crime.


16.11 Strengthen relevant national institutions, including thorough international cooperation, for building capacity at all levels, in particular in developing countries, to prevent violence and combat terrorism and crime.


16.12 Promote and enforce non-discriminatory laws and policies for sustainable development.


16.3 Promote the rule of law at the national and international levels and ensure equal access to justice for all.


16.7 Ensure responsive, inclusive, participatory and representative decision-making at all levels.

Clearly, Transparency International can and must leverage-off SDG-16 in the global communication of its own key values and goals.

TINZ can lead the way by actively promoting the alignment of New Zealand institutions with appropriate SDG-16 targets. Whereas New Zealand’s progress towards the above SDG targets varies, TINZ is focussed on ensuring not only the elimination of deficits but also the further enhancement of successes. 

By this means, TINZ can more effectively raise its public profile while also promoting the achievement of its own value-specific goals.

UNCAC Resolution regarding high value assets

On 6-10 November 2017, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime conducted the “Conference of the States Parties to the United Nations Convention Against Corruption” (UNCAC).

The first resolution adopted by the Conference – Strengthening mutual legal assistance for international cooperation and asset recovery – was put forth by Transparency International.

This resolution urges States parties to:

  • Increase their efforts to prevent and counter corruption, thereby contributing to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals.
  • Establish effective financial disclosure systems for public officials.
  • Identify the legal and natural person beneficiaries of trusts and shell companies. The return of stolen assets is a fundamental principle of the Convention.

Transparency International New Zealand joins the UNCAC group in encouraging the participation of individuals, civil society, non-governmental organisations, community-based organisations and private sector to join forces in the prevention of and the fight against corruption.

See Report of the 7th session of the Conference of the States Parties to the United Nations Convention against Corruption.

Victoria Anti-corruption group meets with TINZ contingent

Independent Broad-based Anti-corruption Commission

On 28 October 2017, Transparency International New Zealand (TINZ) Auckland-based Directors David McNeill, Lisa Traill and Karen Webster met with a contingent from the Independent Broad-based Anti-corruption Commission (IBACC) of Victoria, Australia.

The IBACC is one of nine joint investigatory committees of the Parliament of Victoria. They have been visiting countries including Ireland, Hong Kong and New Zealand, to meet with a broad range of government and law enforcement organisations in a bid to determine world’s best practice.

Their current enquiry is specifically in regard to oversight of police misconduct and corruption, the scale of the issue, how it is identified and what is done about it.  In New Zealand they noted that the police are second, only to the medical profession in terms of public trust which was in stark contrast to how the police are regarded in Australia.

While in New Zealand, the group met with the Independent Police Authority, the Serious Fraud Office, various government departments and Defence Force representatives.

Its meeting with TINZ Directors covered a wide range of topics related to corruption including:

  • What indices in addition to Transparency International’s corruptions perception index are used to determine corruption levels in New Zealand.
  • Are the two recent fraud cases prosecuted in New Zealand isolated examples or the tip of the iceberg? Does the process for addressing them confirm that we are on top of preventing corruption, or a cause for concern? And what impact of international publicity about these cases have on New Zealand’s Corruption Perceptions Index score?
  • The potential for electoral fraud and the rigour of investigations into potential fraud.
  • New Zealand policing style, in particular, the ways in which our police force work with communities and the keen cultural awareness that they bring to front line policing. Police visiting schools and engaging closely with youth through the New Zealand youth justice system was also discussed.
  • The importance of tone from the top, leaders setting the culture.
  • The need for formal education that addresses ethics, democracy, natural and legal justice as a means of education shaping positive morals in society. Such education is minimal but has the potential to drive meaningful behavioural shifts over time.
  • Whistleblowers and the formal and informal support for whistleblowers was a key topic of interest. Discussion of how well New Zealand supports them and the need for additional cultural and legal protections.
  • There was broad agreement that the New Zealand police are operating within, and are representative of, the broader culture of ethics and integrity. It was noted that it appears organised crime is more ingrained or more pervasive in the Australian context than in New Zealand.
  • Discussion about the impact of the new government and how it is likely to reward the business sector for operating in a more socially conscious way and encouraging of business ethics in general as well as its commitment to all 17 of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
  • It was noted that the Serious Fraud Office is only resourced to address significant fraud and thereby unable to investigate lesser crimes.


New Zealand government agency to launch inquiry into integrity in sport

According to a report in the New Zealand Herald – New Zealand government agency to launch inquiry into integrity in sport – Sport New Zealand is considering a review into sport integrity. Concerns over doping, match-fixing, corruption and other issues grow causing the need for further review of the sporting sector.

The Crown Entity, which is responsible for the leadership of the sport and recreation sector, confirmed its focus on the area within ministerial briefing papers for the new Government.

Sport plays a major role in New Zealand culture and international citizenship. Fair play must be a rock-solid foundation of New Zealand sports and all aspects, at all level of participation in all codes.

Serious corruption damages us all

by Katie Cammell

TINZ Analyst

Writing for Employers and Manufacturers Association

BusinessPlus Magazine, October 2017

Yes, now here in New Zealand

In February 2017, former Auckland Transport senior manager Murray Noone and Projenz managing director Stephen Borlase were sentenced to prison for five years and five years six months respectively.  Both men were found guilty of engaging in a seven-year long corrupt relationship where regular payments in excess of $1 million overall were accepted by Noone. 

Joanne Harrison, a former senior manager at the Ministry of Transport, was jailed in February 2017 after it was discovered that she stole more than $725,000 to pay off credit cards and her mortgage.  Several of Harrison’s colleagues at the ministry who attempted to blow the whistle on her fraudulent behaviour had been forced out of their jobs.

For organisations without policies or processes in place to address the risk of bribery and corruption, these and other recent high-profile cases in New Zealand should serve as a serious wake-up call.

Naïve – maybe; vulnerable – yes

New Zealand is a straightforward and welcoming place to do business compared to many other economies.  However, this has encouraged a general sense of complacency and even naivety – a lack of awareness of the risks makes New Zealand business and government vulnerable to growing incidence of bribery and corruption.  Although New Zealand has consistently ranked highly in the Transparency International Corruption Perceptions Index (TI-CPI), these recent cases demonstrate that we are not immune from these risks, and that immediate steps are necessary to maintain our international reputation. The Auckland Transport case in particular should be considered a serious wake up call for both private and public sector organisations to step up and seriously re-evaluate their practices, policies and culture around corruption.

What to do?

The first step to addressing these issues is to firmly commit to developing detailed and transparent policies, such as a corporate code of conduct, directly addressing the risks of bribery and corruption. A code of conduct is designed to explain to employees and stakeholders the goals which the company works towards, the norms and ideals that it values and endorses, and the standards to which it can be held accountable.  All New Zealand companies should immediately develop or review their code of conduct to ensure that it effectively addresses the issue of bribery and corruption. 

Boundaries between acceptable behaviour and unethical conduct can be unclear, and it is therefore important to establish a set of unambiguous guidelines for employees to follow.  Auckland Council has stated that accepting gifts or hospitality valued over $50 without approval or registration may be considered misconduct.  Along with their code of conduct, Auckland Council has policies for gift and hospitality declarations, fraud and corruption, and conflicts of interest. These policies are available for the public to view on their website, reinforcing their commitment to transparency and accountability.


The second step is to implement these policies. As the Auckland Transport case demonstrates, anti-bribery and corruption policies are effectively redundant if the actual organisational culture comes to accept these practices as the norm.  Changing the culture will involve increasing awareness and understanding of the risks and why they matter, through regular training and detailed policies.  Critical to this is having a strong tone from the top which won’t accept unethical behaviour and stands firmly behind the values and principles established in the code of conduct.  Lack of strong leadership creates an ethics vacuum enabling organisational culture to slip, over time, down the slope of corrupt practice.  Absence of accountability can allow a growing sense of entitlement – a basis for serious corruption.

Maintaining high ethical standards can be more difficult in a bigger organisation, where it is easier for corruption to creep in unnoticed.  However, large and diverse organisations such as the Auckland Council and Deloitte have proven that it can be done effectively.  Auckland Council provides regular training to increase awareness of the risks and foster a culture of trust and transparency, where employees feel safe to openly discuss potentially compromising situations.  Deloitte encourages companies to conduct risk assessments to identify areas of risk to their organisation and subsequently develop appropriate policies to mitigate these risks.  Taking these first steps towards addressing the risks of bribery and corruption is critical for organisations that wish to safeguard their reputation and maintain trust in their company.  Nothing is more guaranteed to wipe out shareholder value more dramatically than a major corruption scandal.


It is the responsibility of leadership within private and public sector organisations to demonstrate and nurture a culture of trust, integrity, open communication and transparency.  Strong tone from the top, aligned with effective mechanisms for policy implementation and monitoring, will help businesses to avoid the kinds of workplace cultures which enabled the corrupt behaviour of people like Joanne Harrison, Murray Noone, and Stephen Borlase.  We have yet to see the impact of these cases in the TI-CPI.

Evidence demonstrates that corrupt behaviour will cause serious financial and reputational damage to the organisations involved and simultaneously discredit the country’s international reputation and terms of trade.  A strong response from public and private sector leadership is critical right now to prevent further crimes from being committed, loss of organisation value, and damage to New Zealand’s reputation and economy. 

OECD Anti-Bribery Convention 20th Anniversary

What have been the achievements and challenges of the Anti-Bribery Convention? What are possible future goals and directions of the Working Group on Bribery to further implement the Convention? How has the Convention helped reduce the influx of bribes in major emerging economies? How is the absence of effective criminalisation of foreign bribery in certain countries still an impediment to effective international cooperation in foreign bribery cases?

These questions and others were debated at a roundtable discussion in Paris on 12 December 2017, on the occasion of the 20th Anniversary of the Anti-Bribery Convention. The roundtable was hosted by the OECD Working Group on Bribery which represents the 43 States who are parties to the Anti-Bribery Convention.

Programme outline:

  • Twenty years of the Anti-Bribery Convention: Outstanding Successes and Achievements
  • The Global Impact of the Anti-Bribery Convention
  • Launch of the OECD Study on Detection of Foreign Bribery. This study looks at common sources of detection in foreign bribery cases, untapped sources which are under or not utilised in foreign bribery investigations, and ways in which these methods of detection may be enhanced.

Hon Clare Curran talks about transparency

Transparency International New Zealand’s (TINZ) mission intersects in many places with Hon Clare Curran. Her portfolios with the new Government include Minister of Broadcasting, Communications, and Digital Media and Minister for Government Digital Services. In addition, Curran was also allocated the associate portfolios for the Accident Compensation Corporation and the State Services Commission.

In a presentation at the December TINZ board meeting and a previous radio interview with TINZ Director Mark Sainsbury, Curran expressed a desire for a new approach to doing things and making significant progress in a number of areas. These include digital inclusion, open data and the Open Government Partnership. She further recognised the need for supporting and protecting whistleblowers.

She admits that it is mostly talk at this point but emphasises her determination to convert this to action.

In the audio interview Curran commits to open government and expresses willingness to work with Transparency International New Zealand for better practices around transparency. She also acknowledges the need for conversations about the Protected Disclosures Act.

Audio courtesy of RadioLive New Zealand

TINZ Accreditation 2018

Every three years, the global body, Transparency International, reviews the accreditation of its member chapters. Transparency International New Zealand (TINZ) will undergo re-accreditation during the first half of 2018 with the final Membership Accreditation Committee (MAC) Meeting scheduled for the 8th of May 2018.

The National Chapter Accreditation and Individual Appointment Policy aims to:

  • protect the integrity, cohesion and reputation of Transparency International, and to
  • strengthen and support the national chapters of the movement.

Transparency International’s MAC aims to run a transparent and collaborative accreditation process. Its objective is to ensure that chapters uphold the values and principles of the movement. Full accredited national chapters, like TINZ, pass through a review process every three years, aimed at ensuring continuous compliance with Transparency International’s standards, and through this, strengthening the work of the chapters.

The TINZ Admin and Finance Committee will oversee the process. This provides an opportunity to review TINZ policies and its chapter. TINZ Board members will contribute to back work to enhance its governance, ethics and code of conduct and other policies

Group photo during United Nations Staff Day. 28 ocotber 2016. UN Photo / Jean-Marc FerrЋ

International Anti-Corruption Day 9 December annually

International Anti-Corruption Day (IACD) is a good day for New Zealanders’ to reflect on how fortunate we are to live in a country with low levels of corruption.

The Transparency International New Zealand TINZ media release commemorating this day noted:

“This is a good day to remind your local MP to enjoin Parliament to become the global leader of countries working together to stop illicit financial flows, to stem international money laundering and develop stronger policies to prevent domestic corruption,” says Suzanne Snively, Chair of Transparency International New Zealand (TINZ).

In an interview by NewsHub on IACD, Snively added “If we are complacent, we are extremely exposed. It’s an irony isn’t it, that on the one hand we have this excellent reputation; on the other hand, it makes us particularly attractive to people looking for places to hide ill-gotten gains.”

2017 Corruption Perceptions Index to be released on 22 February 2018

Transparency International’s 2017 Corruption Perceptions Index (TI-CPI) will be launched worldwide at 6:00 p.m. Greenwich Mean Time on Wednesday, 21 February 2018 – This is 7:00 a.m. on Thursday, 22 February in New Zealand.

Strictly embargoed TI-CPI results along with launch materials and background information describing the basis for calculating the score, will be available roughly a week before. During this time, TINZ will provide media and stakeholder briefings. A team from Transparency International New Zealand chapter (TINZ) knowledgeable about the results and methodology will be available.

Media policy advisors, financial organisations, and others can contact TINZ at if interested in the embargoed material and discussing the results with a TINZ representative.

For New Zealand, up to date public information about the TI-Corruption Perceptions Index is available on our website at

In case you missed it

New Zealand transparency, integrity and accountability

Don’t give fraud the office space William Black and Kare Johnstone in the New Zealand Herald.

New Zealand’s reputation in “excellent shape” Simon Anholt, the author of global perception survey, the 2017 Anholt-GfK Nation Brands Index (BNI), says the findings highlight New Zealand’s consistent ability to punch above its weight.

Superannuation Guardians used ‘Paradise Papers’ law firm NBR.

Address to Nethui 2017, Aotea Centre, Auckland by Minister Clare Curran. We can pay more than lip service to the Open Government Partnership that we have signed up to internationally.

Auckland roading corruption conviction upheld by Court of Appeal. The Court of Appeal on Tuesday confirmed both the conviction and sentences in the Auckland roading contractors’ bribery and corruption case in a decision which underlines the firm line that both the courts – and prosecutors – are taking in recent years on bribery and corruption issues.

First charges laid in Unaoil bribery scandal. Recently, Canadian authorities launched an investigation into Unaoil’s work for a North American firm. One of the men charged on Friday, British national Basil Al Jarah, set up shelf companies in New Zealand.

Govt to reveal plan for foreigners buying NZ farmland. The coalition deal between Labour and New Zealand First includes an agreement to “strengthen the Overseas Investment Act and undertake a comprehensive register of foreign-owned land and housing”.

International Anti-Corruption Day: NZ’s good reputation brings risk. Kiwis are being urged not to rest on our laurels despite the country consistently being rated as having low levels of corruption.

Opinion: It’s time to open up the Closed GovernmentAct. Political scientist Bryce Edwards calls on public servants, academics and journalists to form a coalition to fix the Official Information Act.

Political Roundup: Will new Government embrace transparency – or run from it? Bryce Edwards in the New Zealand Herald.


Solomons’ toppling all about anti-corruption bill – Liloqula The executive director of the watchdog group, Transparency Solomon Islands, has no doubt Manasseh Sogavare was dumped as Solomons’ prime minister over the anti-corruption legislation he was advocating.

Samoa among newly blacklisted ‘tax havens’ The European Union has blacklisted 17 countries as tax havens as it cracks down on tax avoidance, and put another 47 on a list to make reforms to avoid being labelled tax havens.

Solomons to set up new Anti-Corruption Commission A government official from the Solomon Islands says a new Anti-Corruption Commission will be established when the Anti-Corruption Bill becomes law The controversial bill has been blamed by a watchdog group for inspiring this week’s no confidence vote that toppled prime minister Manasseh Sogavare.

Hope for anti-corruption efforts in new Solomons leadership The chairperson of Transparency International Solomon Islands has welcomed new prime minister Rick Hou’s pledge to pass the anti-corruption bill.


New Zealand government agency to launch inquiry into integrity in sport Sport New Zealand is considering a review into sport integrity, as concerns over doping, match-fixing, corruption and other issues grow.


Trump administration deals a blow to international anti-corruption efforts The decision has been met with widespread criticism from transparency advocate groups.

UK’s anti-money laundering system is “failing”, Transparency International claims City A.M. The UK is at the heart of global money laundering and corruption, because the system designed to prevent abuse is failing, a damning report …

UK shell companies linked to £80bn money laundering Britain is home to network of companies hiding illicit wealth, say researchers. (Financial Times – subscriber content.)

No letup in fight against corruption China will continue its hunt for corrupt officials who flee overseas and their illegal assets, including the establishment of international cooperation mechanisms, the top anti-graft body pledged.

Saudi corruption probe: arrests as ‘$100bn misused’

EU Transparency International for action against offshore secrecy jurisdictions Transparency International European Union Tuesday called upon member states in Europe to step up efforts in tackling offshore secrecy

Transparency International

Transparency International launches 10 anti-corruption principles for state-owned enterprises

Antoine Deltour: LuxLeaks whistleblower’s long legal battle continues Transparency International. Will the highest court in Luxembourg at least recognise that whistleblowers are not thieves? We’ll find out soon.

Anti-Corruption Day 2017: Empowering citizens’ fight against corruption Transparency International Media Release.

Global Corruption Barometer: citizens’ voices from around the world Transparency International.

Transparency International warns climate summit to demand accountability to prevent corruption.

How to improve transparency in the wake of the Paradise Papers The Paradise Papers leak has shone more light on secret companies used by the wealthy to avoid tax and launder corrupt wealth, says Steve Goodrich of Transparency International.

Transparency International New Zealand

International Anti-Corruption Day 2017 Scoop picked up the Transparency International New Zealand media release.

International Anti-Corruption Day 2017 Transparency International New Zealand Media Release. “This is a good day to remind your local MP to enjoin Parliament to become the global leader of countries working together to stop illicit financial flows, to stem international money laundering and develop stronger policies to prevent domestic corruption.”


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