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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:
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.