The Different Types of Political Corruption in the Local Government

politicalcorruptionIt’s really funny how New Zealand always manages to land the number one spot for the country with the least corruption. Transparency International makes use of their so-called Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) to determine the rankings of different countries according to public views and opinions regarding political corruption in their country and localities.

Wrong or Blind Perception

In the year 2013, there have actually been some high-profile corruption cases in the country especially in terms of electioneering. These scandals were explicitly reported by local and world media. So why is it that people still seem immune to all of these things? Is it just because New Zealanders like looking at the bright side? Well, I’ll be very frank with you. If we continue to look at our politics with rose-colored glasses, we’re bound to keep rotting deep within. Our government system might eventually crash, bringing down with it all sectors of society.

Open your eyes and ears, everyone! Be wary of what’s actually happening in our local government offices. It’s up to regular citizens of our country to expose the well-hidden corruption in the local councils.

Importance of Awareness

It’s important for us to be fully aware of what’s happening in our local governments and in our own communities. One way to increase our awareness is to be familiar with the different types of political corruption that usually occur in local councils. Here they are:

  • Bribery- This refers to the acceptance of money by a government official in exchange for a special favor he can accomplish through his authority and official powers.
  • Patronage- When someone in position chooses less competent people to be given jobs or special assignments over more able ones just so he can better promote his interests and implement what he wants, then this is considered corruption by patronage.
  • Nepotism and Cronyism- This means the favoring of relatives and friends for employment or when negotiating and closing business deals.
  • Electoral Fraud- This refers to illegal ways of interfering with the official electoral process.
  • Embezzlement- When a government official steals funds that are entrusted to him or to his office, this is embezzlement.
  • Extortion- This is the case when someone is threatened or harmed not only physically but in terms of properties and reputation, for the purpose of obtaining money, services, actions, and more.
  • Kickback- When there are misappropriated funds that are allocated to a particular organization from the office of a government official, he may be given a certain portion of these funds to serve as his “kickback”.

When you’re better acquainted with these different types of corruption that often take place in the local government, you become more alert and able to detect them. You might be hearing things and simply ignoring them. You might even be working close to someone doing one of these forms of corruption. Please don’t let it go.

Loving this country doesn’t mean being blind to the corruption occurring right under our noses. It doesn’t mean only focusing on what’s good about NZ so that we can be known around the world as a great country with the least corruption. It’s not about image, but reality. Let’s expose the evils of our local councils and work toward a better future for our country and children.

Milestones Achieved in Anti Corruption Fight in New Zealand

As much as it seems like a Word cloud for Political corruptionpainstaking challenge to overcome corruption in New Zealand local government and councils, the day does not seem to be far off when actual corruption free governance would become a reality. To my pleasure, I recently found out the strict measures and actions taken against the Sports department where teams and government officials were found guilty of trespassing legal boundaries. Here’s a small walk through the different milestones that have been achieved against the fight of anti corruption in New Zealand Sports Department that have been made mandatory by the law.

Upcoming Policy Against Match Fixing

There are some excellent policies regarding match fixing crime that are expected to be released by mid 2014. The main area that it would cover includes the consumption of performance enhancement drugs by players such as peptides. Moreover, there were codes cracked by the Australian Crime Commission (ACC) that are subject to being banned and monitored too. This points out towards a more clean and healthy environment for sports, mostly what New Zealand citizens have been looking out for.

Spruce Up Sportsmen Reputation

Although there was little evidence gathered against athletes who were puppets to government officials in match fixing, the government is still actively working towards safeguarding the reputation of sportsmen for the country’s interests. No matter how many flaws or shortcomings there would be in the system, it is better to have a good word for New Zealand players across the globe since that is the general image which goes out to the world.

Productive Team Formation for Closer Checkups

One of the most positive outcomes in the Sports New Zealand regard is that productive teams of Customs, Police, Fraud Officers and Sports Organization has been formed that is due to conduct multiple meetings annually for a strict and clean sports department. Through the active sessions that would be held, vital information regarding the issue can circulate in a better manner ensuring controlled avoidance of any corruption in the field. It also means that the citizens of New Zealand will be able to get equal opportunity in sports as national players without the inherent interruption of politicians taking up such decisions due to vested interests.

Building a Corruption Map

corruptionCorruption is rife, wherever you go. Perhaps because I work in local government I am closer to it than many and see another side of it. It is my view that we need to stamp out corruption and let local citizens have their say.

One way that we can spot the areas that need tackling the most is to draw up a corruption map. We wouldn’t be the first country to do so and I dare say we won’t be the last. This map should be intuitive and it should be a collaboration of all anti-corruption groups.

Pinpointing Areas of Need

This map needs to pinpoint where the problem areas are. The media will pick many of these areas out – as soon as a local citizen hears or sees something they think worthy of being highlighted, they should pin it to the map in the right area.

Not only does this highlight where the worst area are, it also builds up a profile of the politicians in that area. It will be a big help when voting time comes around again and people can get an idea of who they are voting for – or not as the case may be.

Is This Such a Good Idea?

There are those who will say a corruption map is a bad idea, that it will just fuel resentment and bad feeling. At the end of the day, that’s kind of what we want. People need to know what is going on under their noses, what’s happening to the hard-earned money they hand over to the government.

Anger breeds contempt – contempt for those in charge, contempt for those who think they have the right to walk over anyone, without a thought for the consequences.

Every Voice Deserves to be Heard

There is more to this than a map though. Citizens need to use every legal method at their disposal, to make sure their voices are heard everywhere. The more people who know about what’s going on, the more chance we have of winning the fight against corruption.

Use must be made of social networks sites, of the internet in general. The local citizens of New Zealand need to be vocal in their disapproval and they need to draw in as much support as they can.

I don’t condone acts of needless violence or of outright slander but the message must be conveyed, in the best way possible. And that way is through the citizens of New Zealand.