New Zealand has an enviable international reputation for its truly neutral, trusted public service.
This reputation has been further enhanced in the latest Transparency International Corruption Perceptions Index 2020. The index measures how corrupt a country’s public sector is perceived to be. It is the most widely used indicator of corruption worldwide.
In the latest Index just released, New Zealand is ranked number one, equal with Denmark, as the country considered to be the least corrupt.
To be the best in this category is a huge vote of trust and confidence in our Public Service.
Public servants work every day delivering vital services and work hard to earn the trust and confidence of New Zealanders. This result is a tribute to their hard work and integrity.
The Public Service and our system of government cannot operate without the trust and confidence of the people we serve. Without public trust we can lose our licence to operate.
The challenge now is to maintain our excellent reputation. We cannot be complacent. We need to be vigilant in preserving the fundamental principles of the Public Service: political neutrality, free and frank advice to Ministers, merit-based appointments, open government and stewardship.
But for now, public servants across New Zealand can feel very proud.