New Zealand has fallen from second to third place in Transparency International’s Corruption Perception Index. Denmark claimed the top spot, followed by Finland. New Zealand received a score of 85 out of 100. Chief ombudsman Peter Boshier expressed disappointment in the drop but emphasized the importance of transparency for maintaining confidence in the country. A recent survey found that only about half of respondents believed public servants were open and transparent with information. Boshier called for increased transparency, stating that integrity agencies like the ombudsman play a crucial role in upholding New Zealand’s reputation as an honest nation.