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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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    Nominations open for Deloitte IPANZ Public Sector Excellence Awards 2018

    Nominations for New Zealand’s longest-running and most prestigious public sector awards are now open, including an award to recognise growing diversity within the public sector.

    • 07 Dec 2017

    Collaboration between Tuhoe and DOC

    Kirsti Luke, Tuhoe Te Uru Taumatua Chief Executive and DOC Deputy Director General Mervyn English, spoke to IPANZ about their collaboration over Te Urewera. DOC and Tuhoe implemented ground-breaking new Treaty Settlement legislation, which granted the former national park Te Urewera legal personhood. This project won the 2018 Deloitte IPANZ Public Sector Excellence Award.

    • 23 Nov 2017

    How Radio NZ redefined radio

    Digital disruption in the media sector prompted Radio New Zealand (RNZ) to transform itself into a modern, innovative and successful multi-media organisation. Key players spoke to IPANZ on 15 November about how it redefined radio, in our series from the 2017 Deloitte IPANZ Public Sector Excellence Awards winners.

    • 20 Nov 2017

    The Treasury talks Blind Recruitment

    To increase the diversity of its workforce, Treasury reformed its graduate and intern recruitment process. Clodagh Jolly, Principal Advisor, Organisational Development at the Treasury provided an insight into its Blind Recruitment programme at an IPANZ seminar on 1 November.

    • 03 Nov 2017

    Commission for Financial Capability first to share Excellence Award story

    Diane Maxwell, the Retirement Commissioner, kicked off the series of Deloitte IPANZ Public Sector Excellence Award winners' stories on 11 October.

    • 19 Oct 2017

    Community-led Development

    Taking a community-led approach to addressing our country's social, economic and environmental issues offers new possibilities, as outlined in an IPANZ seminar by Inspiring Communities and The Todd Foundation.

    • 19 Sep 2017

    Calling Emerging New Zealand Leaders

    Gain first-hand knowledge and build contacts in your field that will be highly relevant to the New Zealand context and future New Zealand and United States links. Apply now for a Harkness Fellowship.

    • 28 Aug 2017

    IPANZ Annual Report 2016-17

    As of the end of March 2017, 170 organisations were members of IPANZ, up from 143 for the same time last year.

    • 24 Jul 2017

    Te Urewera - DOC Tūhoe Partnership wins Deloitte IPANZ Public Sector Excellence Awards 2017

    Te Urewera - DOC Tūhoe Partnership won the Prime Minister’s Award at the Deloitte IPANZ Public Sector Excellence Awards 2017, held in Wellington last night (5 July).The judges said that this programme was, “An excellence initiative, demonstrating a transformation in the relationship. Most notably there were no direct examples to draw on anywhere in the world - that is true innovation.”

    • 06 Jul 2017

    Online Volunteer Hub Goes Live

    A new digital marketplace is now live, which connects professionals keen to donate their skills and not for profits needing their expertise.

    • 15 Jun 2017

    New Better Public Services targets

    Prime Minister Bill English has outlined a new set of 10 targets which set the Government’s expectations for the public service, building on the success of the initial targets set in 2012. See: http://ssc.govt.nz/better-public-services-next-steps

    • 01 May 2017

    DIA's SmartStart programme wins top international award

    A key initiative by the Department of Internal Affairs, SmartStart, has won a prestigious international award.

    • 20 Apr 2017

    Excellence in disaster response recognised in national planning awards

    A joint response to complex planning and technical challenges following the Canterbury Earthquakes of 2010 and 2011 in parts of the Waimakariri District north of Christchurch has achieved the supreme accolade at this year’s New Zealand Planning Institute (NZPI) awards.

    • 01 Apr 2017