Murray Petrie awarded Life Membership of TINZ

Suzanne Snively congratulates Murray Petrie on his Life Membership of TINZ

Murray Petrie was acknowledged as a life member of Transparency International New Zealand (TINZ) at the recent launch of its Building accountability National Integrity System (NIS) assessment 2018 update.

Murray joined TINZ in 1998 having discovered Transparency International (TI), plus Jeremy Pope’s TI Source Book: Confronting Corruption: The elements of a national integrity system. At that time, he worked in Washington on the International Monetary Fund (IMF)’s Fiscal Transparency Manual.

Contributions to TINZ

Murray took over from Dr Peter Perry of Canterbury University, to become the TI National Contact in 1998. This role led to his helping Hugh Templeton and others to set up the TI New Zealand Chapter in 1998-99.

When drafting the TINZ Articles, they identified two objectives from the outset; promotion of integrity and transparency in both New Zealand and the South Pacific. Shane Cave and then Claire Johnstone led the work in the Pacific.

Murray became the first TINZ Executive Officer (part-time, voluntary), a role that he held from 1999-2007.

He needed no convincing when approached by TI to be part of a multi-country pilot of the new TI Source Book tool. With Shane Cave he jointly authored New Zealand’s initial NIS 2003 assessment, led by Dr. John Henderson at Canterbury University.

Murray became a TINZ Director in 2007, Deputy Chair in 2009, Acting Chair in 2010 and then Co-Chair with Claire Johnstone in 2010-2011. He was Deputy Chair until 2013 when he chose to work more intensively on transparency and accountability at the international level.

It is fitting that Murray be awarded his lifetime membership at the launch of the NIS 2018 Update launch since he was heavily involved with and Co-Director of the 2013 NIS.

Subsequent initiatives

Since 2013, Murray has been the Lead Technical Advisor for the Global Initiative for Fiscal Transparency (GIFT). This is a multi-stakeholder initiative led by governments, international financial institutions such as the World Bank and IMF, and budget transparency NGOs. A priority for GIFT is promoting more direct citizen engagement in the design and implementation of fiscal policies. The need for a more participatory democracy is also a theme of the New Zealand NIS.

Murray is also a Senior Research Associate at the Institute of Governance and Policy Studies (IGPS) at Victoria University of Wellington. He is an international advocate for greater transparency and government accountability for environmental stewardship.

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