In 2012 Transparency International New Zealand (TINZ) decided that during 2013 it would conduct a National Integrity System (NIS) assessment for New Zealand. New Zealand has always rated highly on the Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) published by Transparency International, and in recent years has consistently ranked first or first equal. However, the CPI is precisely what its name suggests, an index based on perceptions of a country’s corruption status, the perceptions being those of a number of international agencies. TINZ considered the time was ripe to test the reality behind the perceptions and assess the strengths and weaknesses of New Zealand’s system.
Liz Brown, ONZM, MA (Oxon), MPP (VUW) is a former Banking Ombudsman and was the project manager for the New Zealand Integrity plus NIS Assessment. In addition, Liz also authored the chapter on the ombudsman NIS pillar.