Concerns are growing over the axing of the previously independent Serious Fraud Office.
Now part of the police under an Organised and Financial Crimes Unit, the change is attracting widening scrutiny, especially as it involves a country rated first equal with Finland as least corrupt. The number one spot awarded by Transparency International only measures perceptions, not actual problems. And one problem is the lack of due process associated with government's move - one report describing the office as "blindsided" by the decision. Hardly an example of good governance, something New Zealand is fond of lecturing smaller neighbours about.
Praise too, including from the Police association, but others from inside the SFO are not so sure, a former boss Chas Sturt describing the closure late last year as "an enormous Christmas present for all fraudsters."