TINZ 2019 Annual Report

By Newsletter Staff

Transparency International New Zealand has published its 2019 Annual Report and Performance Report.    This reviews TINZ’s substantial accomplishments in the year to June 2019.    A look at the Statement of Service Performance indicates the high level of activity and effectiveness from our volunteers and personnel:

The desired outcomes of our work are:

  1. To engage a wider audience in the discussion of strong integrity systems
  2. To be the authoritative voice on transparency, good governance and ethical practices
  3. Fundraising to create a sustainable New Zealand Chapter
  4. Providing support for Pacific Chapters.

Achievements:

  • Release of the 2018 update of the National Integrity System Assessment
  • Financial Integrity System Assessment (FISA) Methodology launched in Auckland on 5 June 2019 to over 100 representatives from banks, financial service and Kiwisaver providers, insurance companies and their regulators. (FISA is a major initiative to strengthen integrity systems within the insurance and financial services sector in New Zealand)
  • Nine media releases on current issues, including FISA, the Transparency International Corruption Perceptions Index (TI-CPI) release (New Zealand ranked number 2),and comment on ministerial diary publication.
  • Additional video message of support and aroha from TINZ to the Muslim community, first responders and leaders following the March 15th attacks on the Muslim mosques in Christchurch.
  • Twelve Transparency Times newsletters distributed to wide audience through email, social media and website
  • Nineteen authoritative submissions and advocacy on several pieces of major policy including, Public Sector Reform Act, NCEA review, OGP National Action Plan, Protected Disclosures Act Review, ASEAN-Australia-NZ Free Trade Agreement, Zero Carbon Bill, Sustainable Development Goals Progress, OAG Draft Annual Plan, Racing Reform Bill, Inquiry into National and Local Elections, Infrastructure Commission and Therapeutic Products
  • Eight Leaders Integrity Forums held for public service leaders, partnering with the Office of the Auditor-General. Integrity forums for local government are planned for later in the 2019/20 financial year.
  • Several events hosted by TINZ or in collaboration with others including a Serious Fraud Office presentation at Canterbury University; and the visit of Emmanuel Lulin of L’Oreal on Ethical Business Leadership (with Victoria Business School), and a presentation with Peter Hughes, SSC
  • During the year TINZ started providing an advisory function to the New Zealand Chapter of the Global Organisation of Parliamentarians Against Corruption (GOPAC)
  • Regular meetings with Members of Parliament as part of TINZ’s Parliamentary Liaison Strategy
  • Expert advice and strategic engagement on the Transparency International Corruption Perceptions Index (TI-CPI) , Anti-Money Laundering legislation, Sustainable Development Goals, Beneficial Ownership, Official Information Act, Clinical Trial Transparency, and Civil society engagement with the Ministry of Education  
  • Updating of the Anti-Corruption Pledge Tracker
  • Organisation of a highly successful Transparency International meeting of Pacific Chapters in Wellington in February
  • Attendance by TINZ representatives at Annual Members Meeting (AMM) and International Anti-Corruption Conference (IACC) in Copenhagen October 2018. CEO attended the Asia-Pacific Regional members meeting in Kuala Lumpur. Continued communication with Pacific Chapter leaders, TI-Australia, TI Secretariat and Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT)
  • Provided support to Pacific colleagues to attend the International Anti-corruption Conference
  • Progress made on Integrity Fiji funding proposal with the MFAT, facilitated by TINZ, to support the accreditation of Fiji as a Transparency International chapter
  • Presentations throughout New Zealand including Taranaki, Auckland and Wellington to over 1000 people
  • Contribution to VUW Brian Picot Chair in Ethical Leadership, including representation at its Advisory Group and as presenters for its massive open on-line course (MOOC). 

Our Leadership

In her article, Snively reports:

“During the year ending 30 June 2019, TINZ was pleased to see practice and policy change across central government agencies to address corruption by strengthening integrity systems.

“TINZ’s NIS 2018 update Building accountability: Summary of the National Integrity System Assessment 2018 Update, found progress in the public sector. Disappointingly, the 2018 update found evidence of serious accumulating threats to the integrity of the media, political party funding, civil society institutions, and the business sector.

“Amongst other things, the unwillingness of organisations in these sectors to prioritise policies and practices to detect and prevent corruption, ‎reflects insufficient understanding of what it means to be a corruption-intolerant culture.”

Chief Executive Julie Haggie notes that leadership in the non-profit context is different to that in business. She says, “Being part of a movement for change means that collaborative and nimble work approaches are needed to support the voluntary commitment and passion. This also extends to managing workload due to multiple streams of activity. Meanwhile our funding restraints drive creativity.” She finds TINZ creative approach to growing knowledge about transparency, is interesting and challenging.

The TINZ 2019 Annual Report is available on our website. Thanks to TINZ CEO, Julie Haggie, and Finance Officer, Helen Bewley, for their major contributions to enhance the professionalism of this year’s Annual Report.

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