I have been saying for some time that New Zealanders need to have trust and confidence in the Public Service. This is not a right, it’s something public servants need to earn every day.
It’s not always easy to measure trust and confidence. But one measure is the Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI).
So it’s really pleasing to see New Zealand’s Public Service is considered the least corrupt of the many countries surveyed in the CPI for 2017.
Not only is this is the third year in a row our Public Service has been ranked the highest, but this is the first year we are on our own in this position.
The CPI scores and ranks countries/territories based on how corrupt a country’s public sector is perceived to be. It is the most widely used indicator of corruption worldwide - so to be identified as the best in this category is a real honour.
While international recognition for our transparency, political neutrality, and social inclusion is a huge achievement, we cannot be complacent. There is still room for improvement.
This result is a very real and tangible tribute to the hard work and integrity of public servants across the country who go about their jobs every day delivering vital services to New Zealanders. We should be proud of them and the difference they make in our country.