5 questions with: Julie Haggie

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Photo: supplied

Julie Haggie is the chief executive officer of Transparency International New Zealand. 

What is one strong childhood memory?

My first job picking raspberries, at Outram (I was born and raised in Mosgiel). It was hot. It took me so long to fill one bucket because I was given one of the already picked lines.

What is your message?

The vision of Transparency International New Zealand is a world with trusted integrity systems, where government, politics, business, civil society and the daily lives of people are free of corruption. 

It is our collective responsibility as New Zealanders to actively promote openness and integrity.  We are good at that, but we can be better.

If you were going to an island and could take only three things, what would they be and why?

I'm pragmatic, so I would take a good knife that I could use to make other things; a really, really big book of poetry; and, a coloured pencil set to use when I make paper.

What's something only your family knows about you?

I can sometimes mimic others tolerably well.

You are a new addition to the crayon box. What colour are you, and why?

Olive green. Like my 90-year-old father, George Haggie, I love bush walking.

Olive green is one of those beautiful patchwork colours of the bush, and also of birds like the korimako and the silvereye.

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