Past Events Directory


Leadership Through Crisis

The COVID-19 pandemic has plunged the world into a prolonged crisis, with people turning to their leaders to guide them through it—but what does effective leadership look like? A panel of experts, including Dr Ashley Bloomfield, explored this question in a unique webinar,

The webinar, hosted by the Wellington School of Business and Government and the Institute of Public Administration New Zealand (IPANZ), featured a panel of experts sharing their experiences of leading through crisis and what they believe effective leadership looks like.

  • 18 Sep 2020
  • 2020
  • Crisis Response
  • Public Service
  • Wellbeing
  • Wellington

Building Effective Engagement Through Social Media

With over 1.7 million followers across their social media platforms - NZ Police have arguably the largest social media presence of all New Zealand’s Public Sector agencies. In this session, Jess Bovey, Senior Social Media Advisor, and Paul Halford, Marketing and Brand Manager shared some of their strategies for success and the ways they manage the risks posed in the complex social media environment.

  • 26 Aug 2020
  • 2020
  • Engagement
  • Public Service
  • Social Media
  • Wellington

New Professionals - Building a Resilient Career

Deloitte hosted this IPANZ New Professionals Event - Building a Resilient Career. The event had attendees hear from four panellists, each delivering some interesting, exciting and funny insights into how their careers have been shaped by setbacks, and how we can equip ourselves with the skills and characteristics to overcome adversity.

  • 05 Aug 2020
  • 2020
  • New Professionals
  • Wellington

New Professionals Webinar - Privacy and Contact Tracing

With the advent of COVID-19, governments and private organisations have created contact tracing technologies to protect citizens. Such technology comes in many shapes and forms, brings risk along with them. How we build trust in these apps and the security behind them is a crucial part of their effectiveness.

  • 29 Jul 2020
  • 2020
  • Crisis Response
  • Information Technology
  • Privacy
  • Wellington

IPANZ AGM with Guest Speaker Dr Bryce Edwards

IPANZ held its 84th Annual General Meeting on Tuesday 28th July 2020. Guest speaker Dr Bryce Edwards delivered a session titled The State of Democracy in New Zealand. You can read his slides attached.

  • 28 Jul 2020
  • 2020
  • Democracy
  • Public Servant
  • Wellington

New Professionals Meet the Chiefs Breakfast with Andrew Crisp

The New Professionals leadership team, hosted the first of the Meet the Chiefs sessions for 2020 with Ministry of Housing and Urban Development, Chief Executive, Andrew Crisp.

  • 22 Jul 2020
  • 2020
  • Leadership
  • New Professionals
  • Wellington

Effective Engagement with Maori - July Workshop

It’s an important time for all of the public sector 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. This two-day workshop helps public servants gain a greater understanding of Te Ao Māori (Māori world view), Te Tiriti o Waitangi, and provides practical tools and techniques for effectively engaging with Māori.

  • 22 Jul 2020
  • 2020
  • Maori-Crown Relationships
  • Public Servant
  • Public Service
  • Wellington

NZ GovTech Accelerator - Innovation in the Public Sector

The NZ GovTech Accelerator is a government innovation programme that creates valuable projects in three months; reducing costs and de-risking innovation in the public sector. This session provided an overview of the GovTech Accelerator programme and how it is helping government departments/agencies drive better outcomes for citizens, through the delivery of better services. It included a case study of recent GovTech Alum, Spring, an incredibly successful project which came from the Ministry of Social Development.

  • 07 Jul 2020
  • 2020
  • Information Technology
  • Innovation
  • Public Service
  • Wellington

The Forces Shaping Public Service Cuture

Whatever agency you look at, in the private, public and NGO sectors you will know that the internal culture is strongly shaped by the vision, the values, purpose and operating environment of each one. The context, the environment, in which they exist powerfully influences their culture. In this session we had Nicole Rosie, Chief Executive of Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency and Dr Kathie Irwin who is currently on Secondment to the Office of the Children's Commissioner as the Chief Advisor Māori, explore the context and drivers which shape Public Service agency culture.

  • 03 Jul 2020
  • 2020
  • Public Servant
  • Public Service
  • Wellington

New Professionals Social Event

This year the IPANZ New Professionals Committee in Wellington kicked off their activities for the year with at Munchen Bar, Queen's Wharf.

  • 12 Mar 2020
  • New Professionals
  • Wellington

Understanding Intelligence - Auckland

Rebecca Kitteridge was in Auckland this week to share with IPANZ members the activities of Intelligence and Security agencies in New Zealand. It was a great turnout, and interesting insights into the complexities of security and intelligence, and the role that we all play in keeping NZ safe.

  • 03 Mar 2020
  • Auckland
  • Auckland
  • Public Service

Creating an Inclusive Culture in the New Zealand Workplace

Diverse and inclusive workplaces benefit everyone but it can be a challenge to develop them. At a special event held with Victoria University of Wellington School of Business, an expert panel discussed the challenges for New Zealand organisations in creating diverse and inclusive workplaces as well as the immense opportunities that exist.

  • 28 Feb 2020
  • Leadership
  • Public Service
  • Wellington

Parliament in Practice

Parliament in Practice offers attendees the unique opportunity to learn about the operations of Parliament, from those working within Parliament's walls. The seminar provides an introductory overview of the roles and functions of Parliament and explores the legislative, select committee and cabinet processes. It also considers strategies for working effectively with Ministers.

  • 26 Feb 2020
  • Parliament
  • Public Service
  • Wellington

Bullying in the Public Service

Our expert panel of Steph Dyhrberg, Nicholas Pole and Debbie Francis provided a very lively and insightful discussion on bullying in the workplace and across our society.
We heard from the panel that bullying is endemic in our schools (New Zealand has the highest rate of school bullying in the OECD!). This flows through to bullying being a serious problem in our workplaces too. And while many executive teams feel that they have “nailed it,” staff generally disagree.

  • 25 Feb 2020
  • Leadership
  • Public Service
  • Wellington

Local Government Funding and Financing - a report by the Productivity Commission

Murray Sherwin, Chair of the Productivity Commission shared the findings from the Productivity Commission's 2019 inquiry into local government funding and financing. The government is yet to respond to the findings/recommendations of the report.

  • 21 Feb 2020
  • Auckland
  • Local Government

2020 IPANZ Annual Address with Hon Grant Robertson

  • 20 Feb 2020
  • Budget
  • Public Service
  • Wellington

2019 State of the State Series

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 actions could be taken to enable real change.

  • 11 Feb 2020
  • Public Service
  • Wellbeing
  • Wellington

IPANZ 2019 End of Year Event - The Political Year in Review

We held our popular End of Year Event – The Political Year in Review on Wednesday 4 December 2019. After a break in 2018, interest was high and attendees weren’t disappointed with the insights and discussion from guest speakers – Tracy Watkins, Bernard Hickey and Speaker of the House Trevor Mallard - a big thank you to our speakers and to our facilitator, Spiro Anastasiou, who created a great atmosphere.

  • 04 Dec 2019
  • 2019
  • Public Service
  • Wellington

Localism in Action: Implementing Wellbeing Frameworks

Mike Reid presented a very informative and engaging talk to a big audience on the implementation of the government's wellbeing framework - this was a joint IPANZ and Auckland Council event.

  • 26 Nov 2019
  • 2019
  • Auckland
  • Local Government
  • Wellbeing

You can be a leader from every level in the system with Dame Diana Crossan

In this lunchtime event, Dame Diana Crossan shared lessons in leadership for public sector professionals at any stage of their career. She spoke candidly about some of the highlights, lowlights, and lessons from her career, weaving in some brilliant advice.

  • 19 Nov 2019
  • 2019
  • Leadership
  • Public Service
  • Wellington

Policy and Pizza

This hands-on workshop provided attendees the opportunity to apply two of the Policy Project tools and learn more about how to use them in their day-to-day work to build their skills and policy craft.

    This workshop was delivered by The Policy Project, in the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet.

    • 18 Nov 2019
    • 2019
    • New Professionals
    • Policy Advice
    • Wellington

    Tamaki Regeneration Company on Co-Design

    The Tamaki Regeneration Company is designing and establishing an intensive support service for whanau living in crisis. They have had to learn how to adapt and tailor the co-design process to make it safe, meaningful and empowering. They are still learning on this journey, and shared with attendees some early experiences and insights from this work.

    • 18 Nov 2019
    • 2019
    • Auckland
    • Auckland
    • Collaboration
    • Wellbeing

    New Professionals - Meet the Chiefs Breakfast with Brook Barrington

    The New Professionals leadership team, hosted the last of the Meet the Chiefs sessions for 2019 with Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet Chief Executive, Brook Barrington. In this session, with very candid insights into Brook’s career journey, he spoke about how we need to bring out our best selves in our jobs - only then can a person grow in a job. He also urged attendees to learn and stretch - when you have the choice between an easy or a hard career option, choose the hard one.

    • 12 Nov 2019
    • 2019
    • New Professionals
    • Wellington

    Effective Engagement with Māori

    It’s an important time for all of the public sector 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 our refreshed Effective Engagement with Māori course.

    • 24 Oct 2019
    • 2019
    • Maori-Crown Relationships
    • Public Service
    • Wellington

    Public Sector Complexity and Accountability

    In his address, Len Cook talked about some of the critical issues for the public sector coming in to 2020. He focused particularly upon public accountability, especially to citizens, to Maori and the most vulnerable and explore with the audience what evidence we use to assess how we are performing and the validity of this evidence.

    • 24 Oct 2019
    • 2019
    • Auckland
    • Public Service