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”.
- 25 Mar 2021
Copied from our December 2020 Public Sector Journal Ka whangaia, ka tupu, ka puawai – That which is nurtured grows, then blossoms I recently attended a hui where the participants were asked for their “why”. Why were they participating? Why were they giving up their time and their energy? What did they hope to achieve from being part of the emergent kaupapa. Each person recorded their thoughts in silence. Virtually to a person, the answer was a variation on “my mokopuna”, “my grandchildren”, or even “my mokopuna’s mokopuna”. This is the essence of stewardship – supporting and taking decisions that will improve the wellbeing of our mokopuna and the world we leave to them.
- 02 Mar 2021
Beware Unsubstantiated Claims
The third part of Simon Wilson’s essay “Why I am afraid” (Weekend Herald 16 January 2021) raises some important insights about threats to democracy. If inequality, racism and climate change are not addressed, the seeds are sown for deep discord...
- 26 Jan 2021
This news item contains of the contents of an email message, sent out by The Māori Language Commission - Te Taura Whiri acknowledging the statement and commitment to a new direction for Māori content by the editorial team at Stuff NZ.
- 02 Dec 2020
The IPANZ website has a great collection of information on it. We hope you dig into it from time to time to read things you have missed. Here are three areas on the website that we think you might enjoy.
- 25 Nov 2020
Follow these step by step instructions to create an IPANZ login.
- 20 Oct 2020
John Larkindale has had one of the most varied and rewarding careers it’s possible to have - and all within one Government agency. Not bad for someone who was expected to become a chemist and then take over the family business manufacturing adhesives and cleansers for the dairy industry. Half way through his PHD, John realised he didn’t want “to know more and more about less and less” and instead wanted to learn and experience more of the world — so finished his PhD (in record time) and joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, at the age of 25. Read more about John's journey through the sector here.
- 29 Sep 2020
“Performance management” is changing as the methods shift from the traditional annual appraisals to a continuous process of communication and coaching. There is a big body of research on this subject, but limited research in the context of and application in the New Zealand Public Service
We think it will be of real interest to you. It is being undertaken at Victoria University. All you need to do is to set aside about 45-60 minutes of your time to be interviewed by the researcher. This can take place any time during October or November.
- 29 Sep 2020
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Hannah Cameron, Deputy Commissioner, Strategy and Policy at the State Services Commission has provided us with a brief update on progress of the Public Service Legislation Bill.
- 18 Jun 2020
At least one commentator has noted that Covid-19 has given us a communications master class. Many have said that the communications effort has been intrinsic to New Zealand’s success during the COVID-19 crisis.
The focus has often been on the personal qualities of the Prime Minister and the Director General of Health. There is little doubt about the effectiveness of these two leaders as communicators, and that their effectiveness has relied very much on the team around them.
- 02 Jun 2020
In response to our last e-update, we received comment about the innovation, leadership and collaboration shown in many sectors. One that we particularly enjoyed was an update from Te Awakairangi Health Network, about the response through a primary care lens.
It talks of the transformation that took place in the primary health care sector and recognises the response that has occurred at a local and national level.
- 27 May 2020
The no surprises principle (sometimes called a convention) is an element of the operations of the Executive. IPANZ has an interest in the norms, structures and processes of our public administration system. Hence our wish to engage with IPANZ members on this issue. We are contacting IPANZ members now as there is an opportunity to learn more about the operation of the no surprises principle, and to make your views known.
- 18 May 2020
Leadership is coming from people throughout New Zealand, individuals, the community sector, Iwi and hapu, local government and the private sector and more. We celebrate them all. But we especially want to shine the light on the public service today as we move towards Level 2.
Here we share just a few examples of achievements so far:
- 11 May 2020
The team at IPANZ are working from home during the coronavirus lockdown. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions or require any information, we'd love to hear from you. Our contact details are:
- Executive Director, Shenagh Gleisner - firstname.lastname@example.org or 027 485 0369
- Office Manager, Della Urgenc - email@example.com or 021 493 930 - for all accounts or membership queries.
- Events Manager, Fiona McDonald - firstname.lastname@example.org or 027 294 8808 - for all event queries.
- 30 Apr 2020
This article from Geoff Mulgan’s blog caught our attention. He turns his mind to the future, and especially speaks of what might happen in relation to government once the crisis is over — very much the sorts of things IPANZ thinks about.
- 22 Apr 2020
Leaders are under extraordinary pressure right now. They are expected to make decisions quickly with often incomplete and rapidly evolving information. Research tells us that even the most intentional and well-meaning leaders can fall into patterns of bias and exclusion — the pressures of working in crisis mode mean we often default to heuristics and gut instincts, rather than making deliberate and goal-oriented decisions. Yet now, more than ever leaders must prioritise inclusion. To be truly innovative, organisations need input from all employees, a diversity of ideas and perspectives is critical for problem solving and realising development opportunities.
- 22 Apr 2020
Have a look at this interesting article written by Dr Alan Bollard. IPANZ is aware of the enormous effort, and skill, dedication being shown by public sector professionals both at the front line, and no less important, behind the scenes. They deserve our admiration and support. We very much liked the ending of this challenging article "spare them a thought".
We have permission to circulate this article from Dr Alan Bollard, former Reserve Bank Governor. It has also been published in the National Business Review.
- 31 Mar 2020
Decision to Suspend In-Person Events We put a high value on face-to-face events and interaction, however it is clear that one of the best ways we can all contribute to slowing the spread of COVID-19 is to limit in-person interactions where possible. We have therefore decided to suspend in-person events, and will be focussing instead on delivering a virtual programme. The good news is that we’re well positioned to offer you a virtual programme that continues to support your development — through our e-updates, our social media platforms, and video content.
- 19 Mar 2020
The Society for Local Government Managers (SOLGM) have produced a very thought-provoking document outlining five critical transitions for us all to navigate through. The challenge is focused on local government, and communities, but these transitions will impact all public sector professionals and the New Zealanders they serve.
- 17 Mar 2020
The State of the State article series, prepared by Deloitte in partnership with Victoria University of Wellington, explores perspectives on equitably growing wellbeing to build a fair future for all.
To conclude the State of the State 2019 series, Deloitte and IPANZ held a workshop with 40 people from community, government, health and social organisations. Participants were asked to consider each of Deloitte’s six recommendations and what specific actions could be taken to enable real change.
Following the workshop, Deloitte have summarised the feedback - you can read their summary here.
- 25 Feb 2020
Our board received the resignation of president Jo Cribb on Wednesday, 19 February, and has appointed Liz MacPherson as interim president. Under Jo’s leadership we have refreshed our strategy, made internal organisational changes, increased the diversity on our Board and extended our thought leadership. She leaves IPANZ well-positioned for the future. We sincerely thank Jo for she has done for IPANZ and for our membership, and wish her well.
- 25 Feb 2020
The annual Guardian Public Service Awards offer us a great insight into some of the best practice in public service in the UK.The awards recognise the best projects and people in the public sector each year, across a range of categories including leadership, workforce diversity, workforce wellbeing, workforce learning and development, recruitment and HR, digital innovation, transformation, care, housing, and public health and wellbeing.
You may look at these and say – yes we are doing that just as well as them or better – in which case tell us about your work. You can email this to email@example.com
- 18 Feb 2020
This was much in evidence on Tuesday evening when Deloitte and IPANZ hosted a workshop to debate the conclusions of the Deloitte’s State of the State series.
We invited NGOs, central government departments, local government, and people from the wider health sector. Not only do we find enormous richness in the challenging perspectives from different parts of the system. But also, if we are to have any impact on inequities, we all contribute to solutions.
- 13 Feb 2020
IPANZ's submission on the Public Service Legislation Bill to the Governance and Administration Select Committee.
- 31 Jan 2020
Bullying happens everywhere and the public service in New Zealand has been no exception. It is important that we turn the tide on this. So a good place to start is with understanding what bullying is, and what it isn’t, so we know when to step in. To help define bulling, we have drawn on guidelines from WorkSafe (New Zealand’s primary workplace health and safety regulator) and the State Services Commission.
- 31 Jan 2020
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 with visiting academic Professor Wolfgana Dreschler. Read more for further information.
- 17 Sep 2019
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
Did you know that you can add the IPANZ Events you have registered for into your outlook calendar?
- 23 Jul 2019
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