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Doing a Google search on Murray Darroch

There are two people with the name "Murray Darroch" who live in New Zealand. One of them lives in Northland and has an interest in horses and rodeos, and may possibly have been involved in a land dispute. I am not that other Murray Darroch.

If you do a Google Search on the Murray Darroch that is me, those references to me fall into two categories.

Firstly, on the web there are references to me and my work and career as a New Zealand Government public servant.

Included are references to the fact that in the 1990s I co-authored a book along with Tony Dench, which was entitled "A Constructive Guide to the New Zealand Building Act 1991". That book was published by CCH - a publisher of legal books which was based in Auckland. At that time the Department of Internal Affairs had responsibility for the Building Act 1991, but it did not have responsibility for either the New Zealand Building Code or the Approved Documents that were issued by the Building Industry Authority. (The "Approved Documents" were specifications that referred to the actual building standards).

At that time in the early 1990s New Zealand was the victim of a particular type of public sector management ideology that insisted on a strict separation between public sector policy and public sector regulatory functions. The area of building controls was the one area in the early 1990s in the New Zealand public sector where this division was taken to its extreme conclusion. Even in the early 1990s there was unease in the Department of Internal Affairs about whether this might work. This led to concerns the Building Industry Authority would find ways to misrepresent the actual overall intent and purpose of the Building Act 1991 and that the Department would be helpless to prevent this.

My responsibility in the Department of Internal Affairs in the early 1990s therefore included trying to make sure the overall intent and purpose of the Building Act 1991 was properly understood - not withstanding any efforts by the Building Industry Authority to the contrary.

In December 1997 I left the Department of Internal Affairs and in January 1998 I went on a two year contract to work for the New Zealand Fire Service Commission. Subsequently I worked for nearly ten years for the Ministry of Health.

Although the Building Act 1991 has since been superceeded by the Building Act 2004, the book entitled "A Constructive Guide to the New Zealand Building Act 1991" is still the definitive text on its overall intent and purpose.

Secondly, on the web there are references to two of the publications I wrote and which were published during the time I was a Christian. (As mentioned on the main page of this website, I am no longer a Christian although I am still a believer in the one true God.).

One was an essay in Christian theology , and the other was a book primarily written for Catholics.

The essay was entitled "The Conception and Unborn Life of Christ as a theme for Christian Worship". It was published January 1985 in the Evangelical Review of Theology Volume 9, Issue No 1 page 60 to 69, published by Paternoster Press on behalf of the World Evangelical Fellowship Theological Commission. The reference is ISSN: 0144-8153. This theological journal is no longer published, but there is now a website with all the essays from that Journal.

The book was entitled "Everything you ever wanted to know about Protestants but never knew who to ask". It was published by Catholic Supplies NZ in 1984, and it carried forewords by a prominent New Zealand Presbyterian scholar and one of the New Zealand Catholic bishops. Second-hand copies can still be purchased over the web from at least one New Zealand bookshop.

Although the book is out of date, it still provides an interesting insight into the harmony that existed between different Christian Churches in New Zealand in the 1980s.

That harmony still exists and is an important feature of religious life in New Zealand.