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  • Government more corrupt under National

    Government more corrupt under National

    Dealings with Saudi sheep farmers, Hollywood, and Judith Collins' relationship with Chinese company Oravida are likely to have played a part in making the country look more corrupt, with New Zealand dropping down anti-corruption scales. That's what an ethics professor's saying after Transparency International's Corruption Perceptions Index for 2016 ranked New Zealand as the fourth least corrupt country in the world - our worst ranking since 1998. Associate Professor Tim Dare said it's because th...
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  • Transparency International under fire

    Transparency International under fire

    The leadership of the New Zealand chapter of Transparency International is under fire after executive director and Wellingtonian of the year Suzanne Snively was accused of promoting a fraudulent company. Ms Snively this week survived an ethics investigation for running a non-existent company trading on the Transparency name to promote her personal consultancy services. The undated and unauthored ruling emailed by Transparency NZ director Murray Sheard to Transparency HQ in Berlin determined Ms S...
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  • Small is best in Forbes rankings

    Small is best in Forbes rankings

    New Zealand ranked first on Forbes annual list of the Best Countries for Business released last week. The article noted that while New Zealand is the smallest economy in their top 10 at $162 billion, it ranked first in four of the 11 metrics examined, including personal freedom and investor protection, as well as a lack of red tape and corruption.

    Overall, 141 nations were graded on 11 different factors: property rights, innovation, taxes, technology, corruption, freedom...
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