Integrity and how to support it

Anyone managing public resources should do so with the utmost integrity. People demonstrate integrity when they consistently follow agreed moral and ethical principles.

When we talk about acting with integrity, some of the behaviours we expect to see include:

  • managing conflicts of interest;
  • acting without bias and not allowing decisions or actions to be influenced by personal or private interests;
  • confronting issues and making hard decisions;
  • ensuring powers aren’t used for purposes they weren't intended for;
  • making decisions fairly and consistently;
  • behaving honestly and transparently; and
  • preventing and reporting corruption, fraud, and other types of wrongdoing.

Integrity resources

All of the good practice material in this section is useful for acting with integrity.

We're also building up a set of resources based in Integrity Town - so far, we have an online quiz about managing different types of conflicts of interest and a set of short videos about managing sensitive expenditure

Other agencies' resources

Agency Resources Brief description

Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet

Integrity and conduct throughout

Audience: public service

Cabinet manual – provides the principles of public service and processes for upholding them. Also includes information on public servants making public comments about government policy and on contact between public servants and politicians.

Local Government New Zealand

Code of conduct template

Audience: local government

Provides a template for local government Codes of Conduct.

Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment

Procurement – managing conflicts of interest and confidentiality

Audience: public service and private sector

Information to support the management of conflicts of interest and confidentiality throughout procurement processes. Includes a conflict of interest agreement template for a panel chairperson and for a panellist.

Ministry of Justice

Framework to create a fraud and corruption policy

Audience: public service and private sector

Helps public and private organisations to prepare and improve policies and procedures.
New Zealand Government Government procurement rules

Audience: procurement specialists

Rules to help support good market engagement on procurement, which leads to better outcomes. Sets out the criteria for when the rules must be applied.
Ombudsman Make a protected disclosure

Audience: public sector

Information on making a protected disclosure, including where to begin, the appropriate authorities, and confidentiality.

Serious Fraud Office

Anti-corruption training

Audience: public sector and private sector

An online learning module for organisations to use when training their staff.

Serious Fraud Office

Detection and prevention of fraud

Audience: public sector

Guidance to help the public sector mitigate the risk of Covid-19 emergency relief funds fraud, and guidance and training material for local government to support the raising of awareness and to build capability.

Te Kawa Mataaho Public Service Commission

Code of conduct for Crown entity board members

Audience: state services

Sets out the minimum standards of integrity and conduct for Crown entity board members.

Te Kawa Mataaho Public Service Commission Conflicts of interest

Audience: public service

Model standards outlining the Commissioner’s minimum expectations of staff and organisations for reporting and managing conflicts of interest.
Te Kawa Mataaho Public Service Commission Chief executive gifts, benefits, and expenses

Audience: public service (specifically chief executives)

Standards setting out the Commissioner’s expectations of chief executives when incurring expenses or accepting gifts or benefits. Includes guidance for staff when applying the standards.
Te Kawa Mataaho Public Service Commission Speaking up

Audience: state services

Model standards outlining the Commissioner’s minimum expectations for organisations to support staff on speaking up about wrongdoing concerns that could damage the integrity of the State services.

Te Kawa Mataaho Public Service Commission

Standards of integrity and conduct

Audience: state services

Sets out how everyone is expected to act when working in the state services. Issued under the State Sector Act 1988, section 57.
Te Kawa Mataaho Public Service Commission Workforce assurance model standards

Audience: public service

Provides standards for consideration of integrity and ethical behaviour when recruiting.

Page last updated: 13 April 2021