News Directory


Meet Our New Board Members

We are delighted to welcome our three new co-opted board members. You will see what an impressive trio they are, and you can imagine the strength they will bring to IPANZ. You will also discern the very strong commitment of IPANZ to extend the diversity of our Board in many ways.

  • 03 Dec 2019

UPDATE - State Sector Legislation

The Public Service Legislation Bill was presented to Parliament last week, and submissions are now open.
The timeframe is very challenging for thoughtful debate, with submissions closing on 31 January, but this is a very important piece of legislation and it is vital that the views of public service professionals are heard.

IPANZ will be putting in a submission, so please email us with any views that you would like us to consider and incorporate into our submission - Shenagh@ipanz.org.nz

  • 28 Nov 2019

Preparing for 2020 State Sector Legislation

An enduring focus for IPANZ has always been the principles and values of the New Zealand public sector. The current state sector legislation does not include a consolidated statement of principles. Five principles of public service departments can be found in legislation, but these principles are currently scattered through the SSA (s1A, s32, s33, s60), and other Acts (Official Information Act 1982, Privacy Act 1993, and Public Records Act 2005). The new bill proposes a statement that can act as a point of identification and unity for the New Zealand Public Service.

  • 12 Nov 2019

Miranda Smith wins IPANZ Public Administration Prize

This year’s IPANZ Public Administration Prize for top marks in a Public Management paper has been awarded to Miranda Smith. Miranda is in her fifth year of a conjoint Bachelor of Commerce and LLB (Hons) majoring in Public Policy at Victoria University of Wellington. She received top marks in the VUW School of Government’s Emerging Perspectives in Public Management paper.

  • 12 Nov 2019

Whistleblowing: legislation is just part of the picture

As stories about whistleblowing and its consequences dominate international headlines, work is underway to review New Zealand’s whistleblowing legislation. Chief Ombudsman Peter Boshier sets out the nuts and bolts of the Protected Disclosures Act 2000, and why we need to lift our game in both awareness and practice.

You can read what Peter has to say about the Act, the need for reform and for greater awareness, and the protections that are available to us, in the attached article.

  • 06 Nov 2019

Building the confidence and skills to engage effectively with Māori

It’s an important time for all of us to be thinking about how we are engaging with Māori, and what meaningful and effective engagement looks like. The establishment of Te Arawhiti – The Office for Māori Crown Relations, reinforces the government’s commitment to building strong, ongoing and effective relationships with Māori across all of government. IPANZ is helping public sector professionals to build their confidence and skills with a refreshed workshop on Engaging Effectively with Māori, and our October workshop proved so popular that it sold out in record time.

  • 01 Nov 2019

JOIN THE IPANZ BOARD - for influence and impact

The IPANZ board wishes to co-opt up to two new board members. The Institute of Public Administration New Zealand's (IPANZ) vision is 'a high performing public sector respected and valued by New Zealanders'. We are delighted to invite you, our members, to apply for the Board of IPANZ. You will see from the attached advertisement that we are intent on refreshing our Board, extending our reach, building the diversity of our thinking, and increasing our impact.

We hope you will consider applying.

  • 09 Oct 2019

Co-designing solutions to our most complex issues

Auckland Council’s social and economic change programme for southern Auckland, The Southern Initiative, has been taking ground-breaking approaches in co-design – with lessons emerging for how Government can deal with some of the most complex issues facing our communities.

  • 01 Oct 2019

Brexit Adventures and New Zealand's Parliament

We have probably all been watching the Brexit discussions unfold with a range of emotions including incredulity and confusion. Phil Smith from Radio New Zealand’s The House calls it “The Westminster crisis”. You may have been wondering what it all means - there seems to be so many complex rules, and the breaking of them, and words we have not often seen before! Above all, could any of this happen in New Zealand?

  • 26 Sep 2019

Forging a relationship with Iwi

New Zealand’s public service has been on a mission to move out of monocultural mode for decades, and there’s still a long way to go. But a partnership between Ngāti Kuri and Auckland Museum is providing a possible model for government agencies.
In the latest issue of IPANZ’s Public Sector Journal, we have spoken with Ngāti Kuri board member Sheridan Waitai about the relatively new partnership between the iwi of approximately 6,500 people in the Far North, and the Auckland Museum.

  • 24 Sep 2019

Emerging traits for the public service professional of the future

The public service professional of the future will need more of a focus on entrepreneurial and relationship skills, leading to a greater emphasis on collaborative engagement and innovative design.
Research from University of Birmingham researchers Catherine Needham and Catherine Mangan has identified 10 traits of the 21st Century public service professional.

  • 24 Sep 2019

ANZSOG has alerted us to 3 upcoming events you may be interested in

ANZSOG has alerted us to 3 upcoming events with visiting academic Professor Wolfgana Dreschler. Read more for further information.

    • 17 Sep 2019

    Check out the Policy Project's refreshed Policy Quality Framework!

    How good is the quality of your policy advice? The Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet’s Policy Project has launched its refreshed Policy Quality Framework to help you answer that question. The refreshed framework provides the policy community with a common set of standards that specify what good quality advice looks like.

    • 14 Aug 2019

    Adding Events into your Outlook Calendar

    Did you know that you can add the IPANZ Events you have registered for into your outlook calendar?

    • 23 Jul 2019

    PS News - Some good reading for these winter evenings

    By the time you get this I will be in the UK on my planned leave – and I will be back in early August. I have spent a busy and productive time in my first three weeks. I am very impressed by the creative thoughts, deep knowledge and enthusiasm of the many people I have met. Some new products and functions are being designed. Watch this space.
    I wanted to draw your attention to our Public Sector Journal which is out now.

    • 04 Jul 2019

    PS News - A word from IPANZ's new Executive Director, Shenagh Gleisner

    Nga mihi ki a koutou katoa I am so pleased to be the new Executive Director, and, after my first week, I am impressed by the many creative ideas I am hearing about how to make IPANZ even better. In August I will be able to share with you some exciting prospects for IPANZ with a menu of ideas, activities and issues and fresh ways of engaging, to ensure that IPANZ is a strong voice, widely heard. I look forward to many more conversations with you all.

    • 12 Jun 2019

    IPANZ Board Appoints New Executive Director

    IPANZ President Dr Jo Cribb today announced that Shenagh Gleisner will become IPANZ’s new Executive Director, effective from 4 June 2019.

    • 28 May 2019

    PS News: Where is "work" heading?

    In this e-newsletter we highlight articles featured in our April edition of the Public Sector Journal - Hon Grant Roberston outlines the government's wellbeing approach, and we explore issues shaping the future of work with Dr Jo Cribb, President of IPANZ, Roger Dennis, futurist and strategy consultant, and Dave Heatley, Principal Advisor at the New Zealand Productivity Commission. We also share some upcoming sector events which may be of interest.

    • 01 May 2019

    2019 Spirit of Service Awards

    The State Services Commission are delighted to announce that entries for the Spirit of Service Awards 2019 are now open.

    • 08 Apr 2019

    Are you the new Executive Director of IPANZ?

    Are you passionate about a high quality public sector? Are you a respected thought leader on public services and policy? Can you develop new and innovative business lines? If so, IPANZ can offer you a newly created rewarding part-time, flexible leadership role.

    • 04 Apr 2019

    Policy Project’s Development Pathways Tool now live

    The Policy Project’s Development Pathways Tool is now live. The Policy Project encourages you to look at the online Tool, and think about how it can assist you, your team, and agency to build policy skills.

    • 01 Mar 2019

    IPANZ News: Grant Robertson outlines Wellbeing Approach

    In this e-newsletter, we report on the Hon Grant Robertson's annual address to IPANZ in which he outlines his wellbeing approach; we announce the one-day Public Sector conference; and list events for Feb/ March.

    • 22 Feb 2019

    Public Sector Excellence Awards update

    State Services Commissioner Peter Hughes acknowledges the excellent job IPANZ has done in leading the Public Sector Excellence Awards during the last 10 years. From 2019, the State Services Commission will be leading the awards, which will be renamed the Spirit of Service Awards.

    • 29 Jan 2019

    PS News: A Framework for Wellbeing

    As we look towards New Zealand’s first “Wellbeing Budget” in 2019, in this article from the December Public Sector we ask, what do we mean by wellbeing and how might we measure it? And we profile Maudie Johnson-Hunter who takes out the IPANZ Public Administration Prize with Victoria University's School of Government.

    • 29 Nov 2018

    PS News: IPANZ supports State Services Act review

    In this e-newsletter, we note IPANZ's submission to the State Services Act review; and share news and events for October - November.

    • 18 Oct 2018

    State Sector Act Review: IPANZ submission

    IPANZ supports the current review. The State Sector Act 1988 changed substantially how the Public/State Service operated. Now, 30 years on, citizens’ expectations, technology, and the nature of the problems and issues with which public servants have to deal have again changed significantly. As such, it is appropriate to take another look at the way in which the public service operates to ensure that it remains fit for purpose.

    • 15 Oct 2018

    Transforming NZ Police Recruitment to Drive Diversity

    The New Zealand Police won the Excellence in Improving Diversity and Inclusiveness within the Public Sector at this year’s Deloitte IPANZ Public Sector Excellence Awards.In the first of the IPANZ Awards series on 3 October, Kaye Ryan, Deputy Chief Executive People and Capability, shared how the New Zealand Police created a recruitment campaign that reflected NZ Police as a great place to work, where diversity is valued.

    • 04 Oct 2018

    Press release: IPANZ welcomes Public Sector Act Reform

    7 September 2018: The proposed reform of the Public Sector Act is welcome but the time allowed for consultation needs to be extended, says the Institute of Public Administration New Zealand (IPANZ).

    • 07 Sep 2018

    PS News: State Sector Act Reform consulation launched

    In this issue we tell you about the launch of the State Sector Act Reform consultation; encourage you to take a closer look at your online security for CyberSmart Week; and promote the IPANZ New Professionals Conference and the Auckland Women in the Public Sector summit.

    • 07 Sep 2018

    Launch of options to reform State Sector Act

    Minister of State Services Chris Hipkins today launched a public consultation process ahead of the most significant reform of New Zealand’s Public Service in 30 years.

    • 04 Sep 2018

    Delivering fees-free tertiary education project wins Deloitte IPANZ Public Sector Excellence Awards 2018

    A multi-agency project to deliver fees-free tertiary education won the Prime Minister’s Award at the Deloitte IPANZ Public Sector Excellence Awards 2018, held in Wellington last night.

    • 26 Jul 2018

    PS News: Winners of Deloitte IPANZ Public Sector Excellence Awards

    In this e-newsletter we announce the winners of the Deloitte IPANZ Public Sector Excellence Awards; link to a discussion paper on the Future Public Servant; and list events for August.

    • 26 Jul 2018

    PS News: Excellence Awards gala event 25 July

    In this e-newsletter IPANZ announces the Deloitte IPANZ Public Sector Excellence Awards 2018 gala event on 25 July; as well as latest news and events.

    • 19 Jun 2018

    PS News: Free and Frank Advice and the Official Information Act

    To what extent can and should public servants expect their advice to ministers to remain confidential, ask Andrew Kibblewhite and Peter Boshier in a co-authored article in the May Policy Quarterly. This issue also provides news items about wellbeing, privacy, open government, regulation, cyber security etc. and coming events.

    • 11 May 2018

    Public Sector Excellence Awards programme 2019

    After twenty years of running a Public Sector Excellence Awards programme, the IPANZ Board has decided that it is time to pass the leadership of the Awards to the State Services Commission (SSC). As the public sector’s lead agency, it is appropriate and desirable that SSC should take the lead in running an Awards programme. IPANZ will therefore step down from running the Awards in 2019.

    • 10 Apr 2018

    IPANZ Business Plan: a new direction

    The IPANZ Board has approved the Business Plan 2018-19: A New Direction. IPANZ will focus on three priority areas for 2018-19: Identify and champion new ideas about the future of the public service; celebrate and promote excellence in the public service to New Zealanders; and uphold key public service values and principles.

    • 06 Apr 2018

    PS News: Women in Public Sector Summit

    In this issue we announce the Women in Public Sector Summit, to be held in Wellington on 2 May; the April Public Sector journal is online - looking at how we're getting our public sector ready for the future; and we list upcoming events for April/ May.

    • 27 Mar 2018

    PS News: Hon Grant Robertson charts course for public sector

    In this e-newsletter, we share the Hon Grant Robertson's speech to IPANZ at the Beehive last week; remind you to nominate projects for the IPANZ Deloitte Public Sector Excellence Awards; and list some events of interest.

    • 20 Feb 2018

    Hon Grant Robertson delivers IPANZ annual address

    Hon Grant Robertson, Finance Minister, gave the IPANZ Annual Address to an audience of 350 at the Beehive banquet hall yesterday, 15 February. Read his speech.

    • 16 Feb 2018

    PS News 11 Dec

    In this issue: nominations open for the Deloitte IPANZ Public Sector Excellence Awards 2018; the December Public Sector is available to read; we congratulate the winner of the IPANZ School of Government prize; and list some events in early 2018.

    • 07 Dec 2017