14 August 2013

Today the New Zealand chapter of Transparency International releases the National Integrity Survey 2013 – the findings of governance arrangements and their effectiveness in preventing corruption. The content is more comprehensive than gathered in the previous New Zealand NIS ten years ago, and is reflected in the tag “Integrity Plus”.  This reflects a broader application of the template promoted by TI than has occurred elsewhere. It has produced a finer resolution than evident in the NIS results published recently in UK and Australia because there is coverage of civil society and business in addition to the primary focus on the public sector.

The survey involves an analysis of the pillars supporting government – portrayed as a Greek temple by the late Jeremy Pope, the New Zealander who developed the manual  Confronting Corruption: The Elements of a National Integrity System when he was a director at Transparency International.  As a co-founder of TI he was also instrumental in establishing the Corruption Perceptions Index in 1995.  It is universally acknowledged now as a primary indicator of efforts made by national governments to improve the quality of their public administrations.

The 2013 Integrity Plus NIS for New Zealand has been dedicated to Jeremy Pope. He died this time last year.