Clark leaves, Corruption leaves too…yeah right

Now that Clark has gone, New Zealand returns to its rightful place as a corruption-free country:

However that supposes that the dreamers at Transparency International actually left their offices in Wellington. It is farcical that they constantly give New Zealand a corruption rating so high. one wonders how they measure it or if they ever do actually leave their office.

I can point to numerous daily occurrences of corruption. The person who prepared that report must have his/her head in the sand.  Its rife.  The only problem is that most are so good at it, that they legalise what they are doing.  The others have their tracks covered for them and it all gets swept under the carpet before the proverbial hits the fan.  Try as I may no one wants to know or listen.

Here are but a few examples;

A recent tender proffered by a Government department with a specification for an item that is so tight that only one product int he world can actually meet that criteria. A quick search of the authorised agent for that product shows that the licence is held by a man and his wife with a 100 shares between them living on a boutique vineyard in Nelson. They are the sole representation and the contract is going to be for around USD$5.5 million. They have no infrastructure, no support systems or ability to support the product which is highly technical.

Another tender being let by the same organisation has just let it to a company that doesn’t and can’t manufacture one of the core components of the tender. This is a consumable item that will be let for 5 years and worth again several million dollars over the lifetime of the contract.

I blogged about corruption at ACC, that has largely been swept under the carpet but is still going on. Just slightly different players.

Then there is the major government organisation that has an essential piece of equipment supplied by a company in Brisbane, with zero representation in New Zealand, again like above, no support, no technical expertise.

How about the LAV purchase? If there wasn’t corruption involved with that process then I’m a screaming poof.

Winston Peters and NZ First joining Labour in nicking hundreds of thousands of dollars of taxpayers money, denying they did it, when caught, lying about it, then refusing to pay it back in the case of NZ First, and then also lying about their donations, breaching electoral law and lying to a parliamentary Privileges Committee and walking away scot-free. Corruption? Of course it was.

Then there is the case of the insolvency specialist that has a penchant for one particular type of business, just so happens to end up owning the new holding companies for those businesses which have a miraculous turn-around in turnover with no discernable movement in stock levels. Apparently the secondary property development market is booming.

And how about all the Toyota vans being stolen and having their engines ripped out on the quiet and shipped off to parts sandy.

I could go on and on and on about the corruption in New Zealand, but Transparency International doesn’t want to know, and neither does anyone else. I’ve come to the conclusion that those who should care are in on the lark themselves.

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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

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