Julie Haggie, CEO of Transparency International NZ, said there is more to learn about why Aotearoa fell in the corruption rankings.
“There were a number of high-profile prosecutions during the last year in areas such as fraud, tax evasion and COVID subsidy-related fraud prosecutions.”
Haggie also said scammers were a growing problem for Kiwis, and that more transparency is needed for government spending.
“When times are tough people are keener to know where revenue is spent, and whether everyone is paying their fair share and having the same opportunities.”
Running since 1995, the CPI uses data from the World Bank, the World Economic Forum (WEF), private actuarial and consulting companies, plus think tanks and other sources.