TINZ 2013 Integrity Plus National Integrity System Assessment

TINZ 2013 Integrity Plus National Integrity System Assessment

Transparency International is undertaking New Zealand’s second National Integrity System Assessment. This study to be completed late next year is designed to be more comprehensive, more consultative and more effective than its first NIS published 10 years ago. It will proceed beyond a strict assessment into an active implementation phase. This project is a substantial commitment on the part of TI-NZ and its partners to create a definitive roadmap for a corruption intolerant New Zealand.

An outstanding team is assembled to consult, review research, survey and produce a set of conclusions on the anniversary of the implementation of the Public Sector Act on 1 April 2013. A comprehensive report, including recommendations for action, to be released by the end of June 2013.

The concept of the National Integrity System (NIS) is led and promoted by the Transparency International Secretariat as part of its holistic approach to countering corruption. The 2003 National Integrity System Assessment of New Zealand was part of a multi-country project lead by the TI Secretariat.

A National Integrity System Assessment evaluates key ‘pillars’ in a country’s governance system, both in terms of their internal corruption risks and in terms of their contribution to fighting corruption in society at large.

When all the pillars in a National Integrity System are functioning well, corruption remains in check. If some or all of the pillars wobble, these weaknesses can allow corruption to thrive and damage a society. For an example, see the recently completed UK NIS Assessment.

While based on Transparency International’s NIS assessment template (which reflects early work by New Zealander, Jeremy Pope), the NZ NIS methodology is to be further developed via a consultative approach, involving the key anti-corruption agents in government, civil society, the business community and other sectors. The conclusions will be drawn into a comprehensive national report to build momentum, political will and civic pressure for relevant change initiatives.

TI-NZ’s study will test New Zealand’s perception of itself as a country with high standards of transparency and accountability and free of and at low risk of corruption.  It will identify areas where action is needed to strengthen transparency and accountability; to break down complacency about the processes required to maintain high standards and to kick-start the necessary changes through consultation and recommendations to relevant actors in the national integrity system. The approach will enhance the scope of the NIS framework with more detailed and inclusive assessment of the business and NGO sectors.

The New Zealand Chapter’s approach carries out the assessment of the integrity system through the lens of good governance.  Our project scope extends beyond assessment with an active implementation phase to be progressed from 1 July 2013.

The Right Honourable Sir Anand Satyanand chairs the Advisory Group with Ann Webster and Kathrine Rice of the OAG acting as secretariat. Organisations that contribute to the NIS are eligible to appoint representativea to the Advisory Group.

TI-NZ Directors, Murray Petrie and Suzanne Snively, will be co-chairing the Steering Group or what the NIS refers to as the Research Advisory Group. Members of the Steering Group will include the assessors for each of the 13 pillars and other topics.

Liz Brown, former Banking Ombudsman, will be the project manager. Liz, along with Dr Bryce Edwards will attend a training session led by the TI Secretariat in Berlin this October.

The Office of the Auditor General is a key partner and source of project funding. A number of other organisations have confirmed their participation as investors making them eligible to join the Advisory Group. These include the Gamma Foundation, Victoria University of Wellington School of Government, the State Services Commission, the Ministry of Social Development, the Ombudsman, Statistics New Zealand, the SFO, the Human Rights Commission, the Ministry of Transport, and the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, Bell Gully, Deloitte and PwC. Discussions are underway with several other potential Advisory Group members. Watch this space.

Diary 13 November at 10:30am for the NIS Launch at the Victoria University of Wellington’s Rutherford Lecture Theatre. There will be a range of speakers with former Governor General Sir Anand Satayanand, TI-NZ’s hard-working Patron, and the Auditor General, Lyn Provost confirmed to date. Please check your inbox, our website, or Facebook page for updates.

April 2013 will mark 100 years since implementation of the Public Service Act 1912—passed on 7 November 1912 and effective on 1 April 1913—which established New Zealand’s modern and independent public sector. It will be 20 years since Jeremy Pope developed the National Integrity System concept, and 10 years since the first NZ NIS study was completed,  .

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