Whistleblowers’ protection bill introduced to replace 20-year-old Act

The Minister of State Services, Chris Hipkins, has just introduced a bill that will strengthen protections for whistleblowers. The Protected Disclosures (Protection of Whistleblowers) Bill will replace the Protected Disclosures Act, which is now 20 years old. Chris Hipkins said the current laws were not working as well as they should. "Anyone who raises these …

World Whistleblowing Day: In 2020, There Can Be No Excuse For Leaving Whistleblowers Unprotected

Extract: Already this year, there have been no shortage of reminders that the greatest challenges of our time cannot be solved unless wrongdoing is called out and the truth exposed. The world is facing the combined threats of a global pandemic, global heating, and deep structural inequalities made worse by entrenched corruption. Often, the illegal …

Whistleblowers and Protected Disclosures in New Zealand Workplaces – A Three Minute Video Guide

In this video, we explain “Whistleblowers and Protected Disclosures” within New Zealand Workplaces. We use a four step process that can be applied to any sized public or private organisation. We trust this video will be helpful. Please feel free to contact us to discuss how we can help you set up or improve your …

2020 Report to the Nations – the ACFE’s 11th study on the costs and effects of occupational fraud

The Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE) has recently published the ‘2020 Report to the Nations - the ACFE’s 11th study on the costs and effects of occupational fraud’. While the focus of this study is on ‘fraud’, there are a number of useful insights in relation to the value of whistleblowing platforms. Key Findings …

Government to strengthen protections for whistleblowers

The Government is strengthening the Protected Disclosures Act to provide better protection for whistle blowers, Minister of State Services Chris Hipkins said today. “The Protected Disclosures Act is meant to encourage people to speak up about serious wrongdoing in the workplace and protect them from losing their jobs or being mistreated. “We know however that …

RBNZ launches direct phone line and email for whistleblowers in banking

The Reserve Bank of New Zealand is formalising its procedures with a phone line and dedicated email inbox for whistleblowers. The move comes as the regulator beefs up its prudential function and as it continues with its review alongside the Financial Markets Authority on the conduct of banks and major insurers. Phone calls and emails …

New whistleblowing guide for agencies and submission on Protected Disclosures Act consultation

Office of the Ombudsman Today the Chief Ombudsman published a new guide for agencies on whistle-blowing, and his submission to the State Services Commission consultation on the Protected Disclosures Act (PDA). Guide for agencies The new guide contains best practice for agencies’ internal policies and procedures. We also have an updated guide for people who …

New G20 principles on Whistleblower Protection must be urgently implemented

Transparency International Secretariat The G20 High Level Principles for Effective Protection of Whistleblowers endorsed today at the G20 Summit in Osaka are a welcome acknowledgement of the crucial role whistleblowers play in bringing wrongdoing to light, and the retribution they often face. G20 countries should now move quickly to turn words into action, and pass national legislation that matches …