The Society for Promotion of Community Standards Inc is delighted that the Organised Crime and Anti-corruption Bill tabled in the House today by the Minister of Justice, Hon. Judith Collins, which will crack down on corruption, organised crime and bribery in New Zealand, would allow New Zealand, once it is passed, to ratify the United Nations Convention Against Corruption.
The Society notes that The Integrity Plus 2013 New Zealand National Integrity System Assessment, a landmark report that was released by Transparency International New Zealand (TINZ) on International Anti-Corruption Day, 9 December 2013 “reveals that serious and urgent action is needed to protect and extend integrity in New Zealand. Recent incidents and investigations of corruption, and increasing public concern, provide a compelling case for a more pro-active approach to these issues” (see www.tranparency.org.nz). SPCS is a bronze-level member of TINZ.
TINZ Co-Director Suzanne Snively ONZM has stated:
“Our report finds that the mechanisms that support a high integrity and high trust society, and that facilitate social and economic development, remain generally robust but are coming under increasing stress. There has been complacency in the face of increased risks”.