Panama Papers data goes public

11:59 am on 10 May 2016

Panama Papers NZ - The public can now search through more than 200,000 offshore entities which are part of this historic leak of financial documents.

The ICIJ (International Consortium of Investigative Journalists) has opened up some of the data - putting it live online at 6am.

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Panama under the microscope

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This is not, though, a dump of the entire 11.5 million documents leaked from the database of Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca. What is being put online is selected and limited information.

Records of bank accounts and financial transactions, emails and other correspondence, passports and telephone numbers were not being included.

Nicky Hager and Gyles Beckford.

Nicky Hager and RNZ's Gyles Beckford. Photo: RNZ / Jeremy Brick

These are only accessible by RNZ, One News and investigative journalist Nicky Hager - the ICIJ's New Zealand partners.

But if you look through the information on companies, trusts, foundations and funds leaked from Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca and send us your leads, your thoughts and your ideas, we will dig deeper for you.

Use this email address to send us your tips: panamapapersnz@gmail.com

Together, we can widen the investigation team and help understand how people exploit secretive offshore tax regimes, including New Zealand's.

In our investigation so far we've uncovered 61,000 references to New Zealand in the Panama Papers. They show that Mossack Fonseca actively promotes New Zealand to its clients, particularly those from Latin America, as a place to park their money by taking advantage of our tax-free status to foreigners and our limited disclosure rules in setting up offshore trusts or companies.

The firm also tries to take advantage of our stable political system, and independent and established legal and financial systems.

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*The investigation into New Zealand links in the Panama Papers is a journalistic collaboration by reporters from RNZ News, One News and investigative journalist Nicky Hager, and with the assistance of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists and the German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung.

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