New Zealand no longer least corrupt county in the world

Transparency International New Zealand chairwoman Suzanne Snively
Business NZ Chief Executive Phil O'Reilly says it’s important employers train their staff to ensure the integrity of the country's reputation

New results show New Zealand has been kicked off the top spot of the world’s least corrupt country, falling to second place in global corruption measurement.   

The Corruption Perceptions Index announced today saw Denmark overtake New Zealand as the country with the lowest level of perceived corruption in the public sector.

The index ranks every country in the world on a scale of zero to 100.

Denmark moved up one point from last year’s score, sitting on 92 while New Zealand scored just under the Scandinavians at 91.

Transparency International New Zealand chairwoman Suzanne Snively says an obstacle to New Zealand leading the index is its failure to ratify the United Nations Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC) over the past 11 years.

"Our ability to ratify was delayed until the legislation required to deal with corruption offences was put in place.”

Mrs Snively says New Zealand’s ranking as the second most trusted public sector in the world reinforces there is still much more to do to protect our good reputation.

"This ranking of the public sector belies the fact that New Zealand companies are facing increased exposure to risks of corruption as we increase our trade and operate increasingly in countries where corruption practices exist.”

She adds New Zealand companies are urged to take the risks to New Zealand's reputation seriously and to ensure their staff are supported with policies and guidelines about what to do.

Business NZ chief executive Phil O'Reilly says it’s important employers train their staff to ensure the integrity of the country's reputation.

"We must continually improve our anti-corruption performance in business as well as government to maintain the very best standards in the world.”

North Korea and Somalia scored just eight points on the index, both sitting at the bottom of the 175 countries in the index.


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NZ should be further down the listing because of Treaty of Waitangi rorts and political deals with the Maori party.

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Spot on. The cosy deals being made between manipulative and downright untruthful iwi negotiators (remember the scandal of their withholding payment from researchers who would not delete concrete information showing the claims couldn't withstand scrutiny? ) and the Ministers of Treaty negotiations have long put paid to our claims to be squeaky clean.

What about the utterly arrogant Chris Finlayon, whom nobody voted into parliament in the first place, giving the tribes and nod and a wink to negotiate directly with him - and bypass the courts.

This is essentially scandalous. So is the fact that so many Maori organisations, handed taxpayer funding - not only in the treaty settlements - are constantly being found to have misappropriated the money, handed it round to the family and friends - and never get hauled up before the courts for corruption?

And now, super- wealthy, corrupt Chinese being chased by the government within their own country can buy their way into ours - and we give them preferential entry.

We are far from being free from corruption...and the recent underhand communications between John key's office and bloggers to deal to opponents (apparently the lily-white PM knows nothing about it...) adds to the whole of sulphur in the air.

Our country has been taken over - New Zealanders need to take it back. We were better once.

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The countries vibrant immigration drive is also driving this corruption. the ethics of the peoples of Asia,India and Africa are at odds with our western paradigm of living in New Zealand....

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When you compare us to the country next door, the fact that we have taken in so many foreigners and are still at the bottom of the scale in terms of corruption is a little surprising. We haven't had any AWB type scandals, in fact the larger scams have been at the hands of people like Rod Petricevic who is not African, Indian, or Asian (last time I checked)

I think you need to have another look at your stereotypes, and then have a look at NZ and have a hard look at the differences. That's not to say we should turn a blind eye to perceived threats, but Kiwis do a pretty good job of calling bullsh*t on petty corruption, which is what most immigrants try and pull, if any.

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The reason we are less corrupt is in part because we swept things under the mat. In other developed countries people stand up against corruption.

Personal and professional experience.

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My thoughts entirely. The largest ethnic group in terms of immigation is India. Where are they on the corruption rankings ?

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And I always thought India was part of Asia. Silly me!

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Hardly "kicked off" given that we were 1st equal with Denmark. And now Denmark is ranked 92 and NZ 91 (which is the same as last ranking).

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Actually we deserve to be kicked off even harder... given the lack of transparency and back door handshakes (incl. 5 eyes, TPPA etc ) we've seen in recent years, the almost complete loss of privacy and US a-swipe politics we've all had smeared all over the face of a country once proud of its integrity, human rights, social democracy and its neutral position on the wars fought on behalf of capitalism for multinational scare mongering oil barons!

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A bit sad but maybe we put too much emphasis on this given the low credibility of Transparency - not suggesting their people are not well intentioned but that given who they are they are unlikely to be sufficiently well informed. I lived in an LDC for a number of years with a low rating.. Transparency was represented by a bunch of do gooders who were not really up to it.

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And can we have more detail on TI's methodology please?.

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So we didn't ratify some UN Convention - so what! Does that increase our corruption level? NAH

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I suggest that the Govt give some taxpayer money to Suzie Sniveler to deliver a report on teh issue - maybe like the one she did on the Owen Glen saga. I am sure the more we pay, the better our next result. Most business people scoff at this sort of nonsense each year by TI, especially thsoe dealing with iwi, building projects or tenders with certain govt departments.

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No reason for this article. Go to UK newspaper articles on same subject & see how far down UK, Australia, US etc are. We have nothing to complain about. We were on 91 last year, still on 91

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Interesting with the nunber of recent successful prosecutions relating to the finance sector how our reputation has not shifted. How is corruption defined by these guys. Clearly the study lacks credibility.

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I'll try to simplify this very complex issue and Ms Snively's comments on the huge amount of work that needs to be done if we are to prevent NZ plummeting further down the word rankings:

"Give me more money."

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NZ should never have been ranked 1st equal in the first place. Every year it came out it was just a joke to anyone who experiences the reality of what takes place in this little isle. At least overseas the bribery and corruption is up front, relatively open and factored into all trade. In NZ its always been nepotism, insider trading, nudge nudge, led by various governments ministers and department heads buying off and pandering to greedies. The present example can be no better shown than Findlayson and his grubby dealings based on revisionist history and don't get me started on local authorities and councils, corruption dressed up as incompetence.

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