New Zealand is held in high regard for the standards of honesty, openness, transparency and integrity in the State services, but our reputation depends upon our ability to be impartial in our decision making, and to exercise a high standard of judgement in relation to real and perceived conflicts of interest.
In a small country like New Zealand, conflicts of interest in our working lives are natural and unavoidable. The existence of a conflict of interest does not necessarily mean that someone has done something wrong. But organisations need good policies and processes to deal with conflicts of interest appropriately and staff need to be alert to the possibility of conflicts of interest and notify any conflicts promptly.
These model standards outline the State Services Commissioner’s minimum expectations for staff and organisations in the State services to support effective reporting and management of conflicts of interest.