Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search


New Zealand above the fray of FIFA corruption scandal

New Zealand above the fray of FIFA corruption scandal

New Zealand must use its untarnished reputation in sport to help root out corrupt practices in International Football says Transparency International's New Zealand chair Suzanne Snively.

As the FIFA under 20 World Cup draws to a close it won't escape notice that as bribery and corruption allegations swirl around the awarding of hosting rights to Russia and Qatar, New Zealand's reputation remains unchallenged.

As one of only three countries in the world to enact anti match fixing legislation, and as one of the top two countries in the world with regards to corruption free practices in the public sector, New Zealand must use its position to campaign for the elimination of corruption in sport as in all other areas of life including commerce and governance.

Parent body Transparency International has already called for the mobilization of wider audiences in the fight against corruption through connecting with the sports community in the areas of:

Improving governance of sports organisations

Strengthening the integrity of the bidding, awarding and hosting of major sporting events

Preventing and combatting match-fixing

Ms Snively says the New Zealand chapter endorses that call and says New Zealand authorities must use their status to spear head any efforts. Having already shown their independence in voting against the reinstatement of
disgraced FIFA head Sepp Blatter, New Zealand is perfectly positioned to ensure the message that corruption and bribery have no place in sport or any other endeavor is carried forward.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On Compensating Afghan Civilian Casualties

Reportedly, there have been nine incidents resulting in 17 civilian deaths and injuries (seven of the dead were children) caused by ordnance left behind on what used to be the firing range of our Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT) in Bamiyan province.

Given that the NZ Defence Force has needed to be hauled kicking and screaming into belatedly arranging an adequate clean-up of its old firing range… what would it take before New Zealand offers to pay compensation to the families of those who suffered death and injury from what was left behind on our watch? More>>


Fossil Fuel Investment: ACC Must Lead On Climate Change

As the largest publicly owned investor in New Zealand, the ACC board should divest from fossil fuels, demonstrating our leadership role on climate change, Green Party MP Chlöe Swarbrick said today. More>>


Total Officers, Up Less: Coalition's 1800 New Police Officers

The Coalition commitment to add 1800 new Police officers to frontline policing has been achieved with the graduation of 59 constables from the Royal New Zealand Police College today. More>>


Predator Free: $3.5m For New Pest Controls

New Zealand First is proud to announce the Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) has allocated $3.5 million to develop innovative predator control approaches which will reduce the need for repeated 1080 use. More>>


Children's Day: Commissioner Calls For Govt Commitment

“Three decades on, we are able to celebrate some significant changes for children like the recent launch of a Child and Youth Wellbeing Strategy. But we still have a long way to go to prioritise children’s rights.” More>>


Elections: Proposed Electorate Boundaries Released

The Representation Commission is proposing changes to half of New Zealand’s electorates and establishing a new electorate in south Auckland… More>>


"Effectively A Permanent Amnesty": Final Month For Gun Ban Compensation

The firearms buy-back comes to an end a month from today, but the police say the amnesty for returning banned guns will continue into next year and beyond. More>>







InfoPages News Channels