Many thanks to our Founding Partners and Support Partners.

Foundation Partners

is a leading adviser to a wide variety of public sector clients, both large and small, throughout New Zealand and overseas. We work alongside our public sector clients to ensure they reap the benefits of change, emerging technology, processes and ideas.

Our people are based in Auckland, Hamilton, Rotorua, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin, serving clients that range from New Zealand's largest companies to smaller businesses with ambition to grow.

Contact:   Aloysius Teh, Public Sector Practice Leader -  E:   W:

has a proud history as banker for the Crown and the wider public sector, starting as its Gold Agent in 1861. In 1989, we secured the Crown’s transactional banking business, and re-secured it in 2015 under the sponsorship of the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment. Our role as banker to the Crown and many other state sector entities, and as a significant institution within the New Zealand economy, positions us well to support the government and public sector agenda of the day.

Westpac provides practical and interactive Financial Wellbeing courses for public servants, designed to help attendees feel more confident when making decisions about managing their money.

 Brent Chalmers, Head of Public Sector    E:    P: 04 979 6655

Russell McVeagh
 is a leading law firm known for tackling complex legal problems. The Public Law and Regulation teams are made up of former government advisors, crown counsel and constitutional law experts who are able to guide clients through constitutional and administration law matters. 

Russell McVeagh employs over 350 people across their Wellington and Auckland offices.

 Tim Clarke, Partner    E:     P: 04 499 9555

Skills Consulting Group 
- As the professional development experts for the public sector, our role is to provide high-quality, relevant workplace learning programmes for employees in local and central government organisations.

We provide a range of programmes, such as core public services, business administration and management to adult education, dispute resolution and compliance. We also cater for more diverse, specialist programmes. These programmes are linked to qualifications registered on the New Zealand Qualifications Framework (NZQF).

Contact:  Jane Kennelly, Director of People and Stakeholder Management  E:    W:

Support Partners

For 30 years MartinJenkins has been a trusted adviser to clients in the government, private, and non-profit sectors in Aotearoa New Zealand and internationally.

Our services include organisational performance, employment relations, financial and economic analysis, economic development, research and evaluation, data analytics, engagement, and public policy and regulatory systems.
By connecting those different skill sets and applying fresh thinking, we help our clients solve their most intractable problems, achieve their aspirations, and serve and advance their communities. We work collaboratively with our clients, meeting tough assignments with a can-do approach and innovative, pragmatic thinking that produces results.
Kei te āwhina mātau ki te whakapai ake i a Aotearoa. In this way we help make Aotearoa New Zealand a better place.

Allana Coulon, Managing Director I Pou Hautū E: P: 04 499 613

Te Kawa Mataaho Public Services Commission is responsible for ensuring performance excellence and high standards of integrity across New Zealand's State services. It provides leadership and over-sight of the public service and ensures the purpose of the Public Service Act is carried out.

The Commission upholds long-held public service principles that guide the work of public servants: politically neutral, free and frank advice, merit-based appointments, open government and stewardship.

Contact:  P: 04 495 6600   E:

Victoria University of Wellington - School of Government

The School of Government offers a wide range of undergraduate, postgraduate, and professional programmes in public policy and public management.

Located directly opposite Parliament in Rutherford House on Victoria University of Wellington’s Pipitea campus, the School is ideally situated to help build capacity in New Zealand’s public sector.

The purpose of the School of Government is to contribute to the wellbeing of the people of New Zealand and the world by:

  1. equipping our students with the knowledge and skills necessary to articulate public policy challenges, develop innovative ways to tackle them, and implement solutions in an equitable, effective and efficient manner;
  2. contributing to knowledge and understanding in, and providing an independent forum for discussions on, public policy and management issues;
  3. encouraging good governance; and demonstrating international best practice by connecting and engaging with, and learning from, other Schools of Government.

Contact:  P:
  04 463 6599   E:   W: