New Zealand Spirit of Service Scholarship

Arun Jain and Tennille Maxey are the inaugural recipients of the Westpac New Zealand Spirit of Service Scholarship, which supports early-in-career public servants to attend Oxford University’s Blavatnik School of Government to study towards a Master of Public Policy.

They’re half way through the year-long programme, and in this article they give an update, with some of their big highlights and insights, and how Covid-19 has impacted their studies.

Some highlights have included hearing from former UK Prime Minister David Cameron, former Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, billionaire Mo Ibrahim and South Africa’s former leader of the opposition Lindiwe Mazibuko.

“If we could summarise the programme in one word it would be ‘perspective’ …..”