History

A Brief History of TINZ

Transparency International was founded in 1993 and is a global network including more than 90 locally established national chapters. These chapters have the skills, tools, experience, expertise, and broad participation to; raise awareness of corruption; and devise and implement practical actions to address corrupt practices.

Transparency for Prosperity

From the mid-1990s TI was represented in NZ by a national contact person at the University of Canterbury, Dr. Peter Perry. The NZ chapter was formally established in 1999, under the chairmanship of Senior Accountant Michael Morris, and supported by volunteer executive officers.

The initial focus of the chapter was to have the NZ government ratify the OECD anti-bribery convention. Opposition to the convention from NZ’s largest exporter, Fonterra, resulted in the Crimes Act amendment being watered down at the Select Committee stage through the removal of extra-territorial effect. Lobbying by TINZ saw the original drafting restored. TINZ has subsequently coordinated regular assessments of the government’s record in implementing the Convention.

Given the low level of corruption in NZ, TINZ’s strategy has emphasised anti-corruption efforts from a regional perspective and TINZ manages a support programme for the TI chapters in PNG, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu and Fiji. This programme is funded through an agreement with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Currently TINZ is focused on raising domestic awareness of the benefits of a high trust culture and identifying steps to maintain and improve our transparency.  TINZ has published an online Anti-Corruption Training course and  has undertaken an active implementation phase to its ambitious 2013 Integrity Plus Nation Integrity System Assessment.