Engaging public sector leadership to strengthen our reputation

Janine McGruddy

Janine McGruddy
TINZ Deputy Chair

It is a privilege to be elected to the role of Deputy Chair for TINZ at the start of what will be a very busy, and highly productive year for TINZ.

My top three priorities for 2016 are:

  • To promote the excellent work done with the Defence Sector on the Transparency International Government Defence Anti-Corruption Index and to work with them on lessons learnt and ways of improving NZDF integrity systems.
  • To use the NZDF experience of civil society working with the public sector to develop an integrity programme suitable for public sector organisations.
  • To work with Parliamentarians to develop greater transparency and strong integrity systems for the social and economic well-being of all New Zealanders.

The first priority is based on the Transparency International Government Defence Anti-Corruption Index. The willingness of New Zealand’s defence force to review the findings of the index, to consider lessons learnt and ways of improving, is to be commended. This knowledge can be conveyed to the rest of the public sector in support of New Zealand regaining the top ranking on the Transparency International Corruption Perceptions Index.

It is important to raise the level of debate and awareness by working with public sector leaders to reflect the variety of issues and ways in which we can think about the value of strong integrity systems to our public sector.

I am looking to adapt the TINZ Anti-Corruption Training Tool to meet the needs of the public sector. Support for a bold programme for New Zealand’s future prosperity would work best if led by the Government. My goal is for TINZ representatives to meet with all members of Parliament on an individual basis to jointly gain knowledge and understanding of the issues we are facing as a country. It will take political leadership to permanently maintain and improve New Zealand’s public sector integrity systems; our objective is to communicate just how critical reputation and integrity are becoming in the 21st century.

For New Zealand to have an influential role in international affairs, it cannot just play catch up but must truly lead the world in best practice. My vision is for TINZ to work in partnership with committed senior government officials to create an effective and explicit culture of integrity. We can then begin to harvest the benefits of the resulting strong reputation for integrity, an attribute regarded internationally as a major feature of the New Zealand story.


Recent Activity

Corruption Perceptions Index 2016 TINZ media release
Transparency International’s 2016 Corruption Perception Index (TI CPI) has found that the New Zealand and Denmark public sectors are the least corrupt in the world. 25 Jan, 2017

TINZ OGP Submission
Transparency International New Zealand (TINZ) submitted recommendations for New Zealand’s second Open Government Partnership (OGP) National Action Plan (NAP). Among the recommendations were a call for more ambition in creating NAPs and developing channels of communication for improving engagement with citizens. 19 Aug, 2016

Safeguarding the public interest in research
1 Aug, 2016

EU and New Zealand tax transparency
1 Aug, 2016

London Summit 2016 NZ Statement Commitments Progress
31 Jul, 2016

New Zealand Country Statement Anti Corruption Summit London 2016
29 May, 2016

Shewan Inquiry Submission Media Release
TINZ has provided its submission to the Shewan Inquiry calling on the government to widen the terms of reference to protect New Zealand's reputation and future proof our laws following the release of the "Panama papers". 21 May, 2016

CPI 2015 TINZ Media Release
Corruption Free? NZ drops again. New Zealand has fallen to fourth place in the Transparency International Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI). 26 Jan, 2016