The Ministry of justice has several useful pages
The United Nations Convention against Corruption…In December 2003, New Zealand signed the UN Convention Against Corruption, which requires countries to take action in both the public and private sector to prevent corruption………..
…..The Ministry of Justice is currently working on the necessary steps to bring New Zealand into full compliance with this important treaty. These include:
- defining “business” as including “international aid”
- creating a new criminal offence of the acceptance or solicitation of a bribe by a foreign public official
- creating a new criminal offence where a person solicits or accepts a bribe to use his or her real or supposed influence to influence an official
- increasing the penalty for committing an offence under the Secret Commissions Act 1910
- listing the Convention in the Mutual Assistance in Criminal Matters Act 1992.
Ratification and compliance with the Convention will be an important step in maintaining our international reputation as being free of corruption, supporting international efforts to combat corruption in all its forms, and strengthening our anti-bribery laws.
So often what we are told is not as important as that which we are not told , it appears that our focus on the convention has been placed on bribes and not other issues in the convention which is to deal with public officials in procurement fraud.
New Zealand judiciary appear to be out of step with the convention and have failed to recognize and far less adopt the principals which the convention imposes on the judiciary being
Article 11. Measures relating to the judiciaryand prosecution services
Article 30. Prosecution, adjudication and sanctions
Article 31. Freezing, seizure and confiscation
Article 32. Protection of witnesses, experts and victims
Article 33. Protection of reporting persons
Article 34. Consequences of acts of corruption
Article 35. Compensation for damage
the convention in English
It is currently extremely dangerous for any one to question corruption in New Zealand , to do so will see you being taken to court in Slapp actions , these are legal actions intent on silencing you. You can bring as much evidence as possible to the court but he court will keep on looking at you as the villain in the peace.
Our justice system does not appear to accept that such things as strategic legal actions occur we have even raided issues of Lawyers using dirty tactics , to the law society only to see the matter glossed over and brushed aside.
Until we have the provisions above ratified , it is unsafe to question corruption.
further links on the justice site of interest are