NZ ratifies UN Convention Against Corruption
New Zealand has ratified the United Nations Convention Against Corruption, joining 177 other countries as a State Party.
The Convention addresses corruption in the private and public sectors and is a legally binding global agreement.
It focuses on four key areas: prevention, criminalisation, international cooperation, and recovery of the proceeds of corruption.
Justice Minister Amy Adams says the necessary changes to New Zealand law required before ratification were made through the Organised Crime and Anti-corruption Legislation Bill, which amended 15 Acts and was recently passed by Parliament.
After division the bill resulted in the following legislation:
Crimes Amendment Act 2015
Anti-Money Laundering and Countering Financing of Terrorism Amendment Act 2015
Companies Amendment Act 2015
Criminal Investigations (Bodily Samples) Amendment Act 2015
Criminal Proceeds (Recovery) Amendment Act 2015
Customs and Excise Amendment Act (No 2) 2015
Extradition Amendment Act 2015
Financial Service Providers (Registration and Dispute Resolution) Amendment Act 2015
Financial Transactions Reporting Amendment Act 2015
Income Tax Amendment Act 2015
Limited Partnerships Amendment Act 2015
Misuse of Drugs Amendment Act 2015
Mutual Assistance in Criminal Matters Amendment Act 2015
Policing Amendment Act 2015
Secret Commissions Amendment Act 2015
Last updated on the 2nd December 2015