Corruption in New Zealand

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Corruption in New Zealand is examined on this page. New Zealand has ratified several important international anti-corruption conventions such as the OECD Convention on Combating Bribery of Foreign Public Officials in International Business Transactions[1] and the United Nations Convention against Corruption.[2] It is regarded as having one of the lowest levels of perceived corruption in the world. Transparency International's 2016 Corruption Perceptions Index ranks the country first place out of 176 countries.[3] New Zealand had previously topped the index for seven consecutive years until 2013; it dropped to second place in 2014 and fourth in 2015.[4]

Investigative agencies[edit]

The Independent Police Conduct Authority[edit]

The Independent Police Conduct Authority is an independent body that considers complaints against New Zealand Police and oversees their conduct.[5] Under section 12 of the Independent Police Conduct Authority Act 1988, "the Authority's functions are to: receive complaints alleging misconduct or neglect of duty by any member of Police or concerning any Police practice, policy or procedure affecting a complainant; and to investigate incidents in which a member of Police (acting in the execution of his or her duty) causes or appears to have caused death or serious bodily harm."[6]

The Ombudsman[edit]

The first New Zealand Ombudsman was appointed in 1962. The Ombudsman's role is to ensure citizens receive 'fair play' in their dealings with government entities. Over the years the powers of the Office have been extended to include education and hospital boards (from 1968), local government agencies (1975), requests under the Official Information Act (2003) and in 2005, all crown entities.[7]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Ratification Status as of May 2017" (PDF). OECD Convention on Combating Bribery of Foreign Public Officials in International Business Transactions. Retrieved 7 January 2018.
  2. ^ "Signature and Ratification Status". United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. Retrieved 7 January 2018.
  3. ^ "Transparency International Corruption Perceptions Index 2016". transparency.org. Transparency International. Retrieved 7 August 2017.
  4. ^ "New Zealand reclaims title as world's least corrupt country". New Zealand Herald. 25 January 2017. Retrieved 7 January 2018.
  5. ^ It's our job to keep watch over Police IPCA website
  6. ^ Role and powers IPCA website
  7. ^ History of the Ombudsman

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