Message from the CEO May 2017

Janine McGruddy

Janine McGruddy
TINZ Chief Executive Officer

by Janine McGruddy

TINZ Chief Executive Officer

Tēnā koutou

This will be my last message as the CEO of TINZ. I am sad to be leaving, but as a wise woman once told me, it is always good to know when to go. That time is now. I hope I leave a legacy of truthfulness, integrity and talking truth to power.

I will continue to work on stronger integrity systems and greater transparency no matter what area I end up working in, as these are very core to my concerns about New Zealand's direction.

As we have always known, there is no room for complacency in godzone when it comes to keeping a watchful eye on corrupt or less than transparent behaviour – especially from our leaders.

How do we explain "Tone at the Top" to politicians who defend their behaviour by saying they are no more honest than 'any other politician'? What message is this sending the populace? We must insist our democratic representatives have integrity and be truthful at all times.

It is not good enough to say that you were honest because you answered all the questions you were asked, if the asker was asking the wrong questions. Integrity is about "doing the right thing even when no one is looking". It is about owning your mistakes, learning from them and regaining trust.

It is election season and we will soon be bombarded by the usual rhetoric of promises. TINZ is sending out a list of questions to the leaders of all the political parties to gauge their commitment to integrity and transparency. We will be publishing their responses on our website and will send out a reminder when these are available.

I will continue to watch TINZ with great interest, to see how it continues to work to grow New Zealanders’ understanding of what corruption is, how it harms us all, and most importantly growing a culture of lived integrity.

E noho ra


He aha te mea nui o te ao? He tangata, he tangata, he tangata

What is the most important thing in the world? It is the people, it is the people, it is the people


Recent Activity

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Auditor General resignation requires transparency
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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