29 April 2011
Transparency International New Zealand published an Update for members yesterday. It features an analysis of the Transparency International 2010 Global Corruption Barometer, which included New Zealand and several Pacific states for the first time.
73% of those surveyed for the barometer believe the level of corruption in New Zealand has increased in the past three years, while only 4% believe it has decreased. Nearly a quarter (24%) reported sensing no change in the level of corruption.
Circumstances giving rise to corruption prosecutions remain very low. As there have only been 4 or 5 corruption prosecutions, ever, the publicity given to any incident will have a substantial impact on public perceptions. However, this has been a “bad” month for the reputation of the State Services. A former prison officer, dismissed in December, and detained at Auckland airport yesterday, has been charged with corruption relating to activities when employed by the Department of Corrections. Earlier in the month another former Corrections employee was convicted on a corruption charge relating to payments for supplying prisoners with marijuana.