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

Protect our whistleblowers
Transparency International New Zealand (TINZ) is calls for better whistleblower protection. 8 Aug, 2017

Auditor General resignation requires transparency
Transparency International New Zealand (TINZ) calls on Parliament to release the report by Sir Maarten Wevers that lead to the resignation of Auditor-General Martin Matthews. 5 Aug, 2017

TINZ applauds decline in foreign trusts
Government implementation of tougher disclosure requirements for foreign trusts have led to around 75% discontinuing or exiting New Zealand. 9 Jul, 2017

Public Sector Integrity Media Release
State Services Commission took a very positive step in addressing a key recommendation of TINZ's Integrity Plus 2013 New Zealand National Integrity System Assessment by advertising a role for Deputy Commissioner, Integrity, Ethics and Standards. 11 May, 2017

Corruption Perceptions Index 2016 TINZ media release
Transparency International 25 Jan, 2017