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27/10/2010

Transparency International again lists New Zealand as the least corrupt on the perception index.

Filed under: Uncategorized — anticorruptionnz @ 5:23 pm

What is perception.. It is a view point and according to Transparency international corruption is defined  as the abuse of entrusted power for private gain. This definition encompasses corrupt practices in both the public and private sectors. The Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) ranks countries according to the perception of corruption in the public sector.

For New Zealand there were 6 reports  which collated the information from which the perception was deduced these reports were

EIU 2010, GI 2010, IMD 2009, IMD 2010, WEF 2009 & WEF 2010  see source English

These were set out in tables in this document English

Abbreviation EIU GI IMD WEF
Source Economist Intelligence Unit Global Insight IMD International, Switzerland, World Competitiveness Center World Economic Forum
Name Country Risk Service and Country Forecast Country Risk Ratings IMD World Competitiveness Yearbook Global Competitiveness Report
Year published 2010 2010 2009 & 2010 2009 & 2010
Internet http://www.eiu.com http://www.globalinsight.com http://www.imd.ch/wcc http://www.weforum.org
Who was surveyed? Expert staff assessment Expert staff assessment Executives in top and middle management in domestic and international companies Senior business leaders, domestic and international companies
Subject asked The misuse of public office for private (or political party) gain: including corruption in public procurement, misuse of public funds, corruption in public service, and prosecution of public officials The likelihood of encountering corrupt officials, ranging from petty bureaucratic corruption to grand political corruption Category Institutional Framework – State Efficiency: “Bribing and corruption exist/do not exist” Undocumented extra payments or bribes connected with 1) exports and imports, 2) public utilities, 3)tax collection, 4) public contracts and 5) judicial decisions are common/never occur
Number of replies Not applicable Not applicable 3960 More than 12,000 &13,000
Coverage 135 countries 201 countries 57, 58 countries 133 & 139  countries

So let’s analyse the  questions asked

1.       The misuse of public office for private (or political party) gain: including corruption in public procurement, misuse of public funds, corruption in public service, and prosecution of public officials

2.       The likelihood of encountering corrupt officials, ranging from petty bureaucratic corruption to grand political corruption

3.       Category Institutional Framework – State Efficiency: “Bribing and corruption exist/do not exist”

4.       Undocumented extra payments or bribes connected with 1) exports and imports, 2) public utilities, 3)tax collection, 4) public contracts and 5) judicial decisions are common/never occur

But is it fact or fiction  check this out

1. The misuse of public office for private (or political party) gain  etc

See About AWINZ – Animal welfare institute of New Zealand

including corruption in public procurement,

see What is New Zealand doing about corruption – why is it better to be a fraudster than Question corruption ?

misuse of public funds,

How to get your litigation funded through the public purse

corruption in public service,

see Submission to the select committee

and prosecution of public officials

see Constable Connors of Waikato Fabricates offences, receives counselling- IPCA condones this course of action.

2. The likelihood of encountering corrupt officials, ranging from petty bureaucratic corruption to grand political corruption

High   just don’t question it  except if you want your life destroyed. Questioning fraud gets higher penalty than those who are convicted of fraud

3. Category Institutional Framework – State Efficiency: “Bribing and corruption exist/do not exist”

Where as in many countries money changes hands in new Zealand the” old boys’ net work” is so strong  that it reaches  far and wide , those with an LLB  or  have been in a position of trust are protected because we do not  wish any one to think that  we may have made an error in judgement.  It is far better to conceal than to  reveal  those who are corrupt.

Using the court to conceal corruption

4. Undocumented extra payments or bribes connected with 1) exports and imports, 2) public utilities, 3)tax collection, 4) public contracts and 5) judicial decisions are common/never occur

We have no one checking  so how would  we ever know ?  Councils allow contracts  to be signed off by  managers    and  without  accountability  and auditing  who would know what goes  on.

Bribes.. no  we don’t bribe  but a  Christmas ham is a traditional gift to those offering contracts..  that’s not a bribe its tradition.

so there you have it  folks  that is why NZ is the least corrupt .. we hide it so well

Funny that New Zealand is the only country in the top 10  which has never ratified the United nations convention against corruption   yet we do so well.. its called perception or is that deception .

Funny how NZ is  the only one in the  top 10  which has not ratified the United nations convention agaisnt corruption.

Denmark New Zealand Singapore Finland Sweden
Perception rank
1 1 1 4 4
signed UN convention
10-Dec-03 10-Dec-03 11-Nov-05 9-Dec-03 9-Dec-03
ratified UN convention 26-Dec-06 6-Nov-09 20 Jun 2006 A 25-Sep-07
Canada Netherlands Australia Switzerland Norway
Perception rank
6 7 8 8 10
signed UN convention
21-May-04 10-Dec-03 9-Dec-03 10-Dec-03 9-Dec-03
ratified UN convention 2-Oct-07 31 Oct 2006 A 7-Dec-05 24-Sep-09 29-Jun-06 

 

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