The World Is Watching: Scandals tarnish New Zealand's corrupt-free image

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — If any country has a squeaky-clean image, it is New Zealand. It's a place where police officers won't even accept freebies from burger joints. It's been ranked the world's least corrupt nation for eight years straight by the watchdog group Transparency International.

Recent scandals in business, politics and sports, however, may put that reputation under threat. Some observers say the South Pacific nation's sterling record for fairness may have made it complacent and less watchful for shady behavior.