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25 May 2021
Paul Hunt, the Chief Human Rights Commissioner, argues that the public service is in a unique and strong position to advance New Zealand’s national and international human rights promises. If human rights are in the policy-mix early in the policy-making process, they can help officials design effective, robust, inclusive policies...
28 May 2021
The COVID-19 pandemic has been one of the most significant events to affect New Zealand in recent history. All of us have been affected in some way. This forum looks at how COVID-19 impacted the New Zealand government data system. What have we learned from the COVID-19 experience? What worked well? What didn’t? Were the changes we made during the pandemic sustainable? And what practical things can we do to make the system better in the future?
17 May 2021
Public Service Pay Guidance 2021
Every employee needs to know that good work is valued in their workplace. For employees to go the extra mile they need to know they are appreciated for the service they give, whether in management, backroom offices or the front line.
25 March 2021
Copied from our current (April 2021) Public Sector Journal
Is soft power our super-power?
Just this week, the Global Soft Power Index 2021 was published. New Zealand was recognised as the fastest rising nation in the new rankings, reflecting the way we have collectively responded to COVID-19. Now, like me, you may have had no idea that the Global Soft Power Index even existed and may share my scepticism of indices run by brand management firms. However, it did trigger some thoughts.
“Soft power” is defined as the ability for a country to use its reputation, networks, and standing to have influence around the world. It is about being able to attract, build, and mobilise networks of people. It is the opposite of might-based “hard power”.