Corruption in New Zealand

Transparency International uses a Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) to compare levels of economic crime in different countries and has consistently ranked New Zealand as one of the least corrupt countries in the world.[1]

Investigative agencies

The Independent Police Conduct Authority

The Independent Police Conduct Authority is an independent body that considers complaints against New Zealand Police and oversees their conduct.[2] Under section 12 of the Independent Police Conduct Authority Act 1988, "the Authority's functions are to: receive complaints alleging misconduct or neglect of duty by any member of Police or concerning any Police practice, policy or procedure affecting a complainant; and to investigate incidents in which a member of Police (acting in the execution of his or her duty) causes or appears to have caused death or serious bodily harm."[3]

The Ombudsman

The first New Zealand Ombudsman was appointed in 1962. The Ombudsman's role is to ensure citizens receive 'fair play' in their dealings with government entities. Over the years the powers of the Office have been extended to include education and hospital boards (from 1968), local government agencies (1975), requests under the Official Information Act (2003) and in 2005, all crown entities.[4]

See also


  1. "Transparency International Corruption Perceptions Index 2015". Transparency International. Retrieved 13 February 2016.
  2. It's our job to keep watch over Police IPCA website
  3. Role and powers IPCA website
  4. History of the Ombudsman

Further reading

External links

A world map of the 2015 Corruption Perceptions Index by Transparency International
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