Past Events Directory


Vision for the Future Public Service

With the 2023 General Elections just around the corner, have you thought about how a change of government might impact the sector? IPANZ invited the Public Service spokespeople from the opposition parties currently represented in Parliament to share their party's vision for the future of the Public Service.

  • 27 Sep 2022
  • 2022
  • Democracy
  • Governance
  • Parliament
  • Public Service
  • Wellington

Public Sector Reform - What This Means for New Professionals

The New Professionals held a panel discussion with Deborah Roche, Lead Governance, Partnerships & Risk at Te Whatu Ora and Grant Klinkum, Chief Executive of NZQA. Both panellists have been heavily involved in some of New Zealand’s largest reforms and spoke passionately about their experiences. The event was a fantastic evening of conversation and dialog on what New Professionals roles could be in the future of Reform.

  • 19 Sep 2022
  • 2022
  • New Professionals
  • Public Service Reform
  • Wellington

New Professionals - Modern Slavery: Government, Business & Worker Perspectives

MartinJenkins hosted an IPANZ New Professionals event at the Auckland office on Modern Slavery: Government, Business and Worker Perspectives. The event was a Q&A Panel Discussion featuring Christina Stringer, Nita Zodgekar, EeMun Chen and Sarah Baddeley, some of New Zealand’s leading experts in the modern slavery response.

  • 15 Sep 2022
  • 2022
  • Auckland
  • Human Rights
  • Public Service

Re-Opening Borders Post-COVID - A UK Experience

IPANZ, working with the British High Commission, hosted a session with Matthew Rycroft, Permanent Secretary at the UK Home Office. Matthew shared his experiences and reflections on the world’s reopening in a post-COVID-19 environment, and how this has impacted his policy areas – especially security, immigration and borders.

You can view the recording of this session and hear his insights here

  • 25 Aug 2022
  • 2022
  • Border Management
  • Crisis Response
  • International Relations
  • Public Service
  • Wellington

Ministers and Officials - Getting the Relationship Right

IPANZ and ANZSOG jointly hosted a panel discussion exploring the drivers of a good relationship between Ministers and Officials - panelists Sir Bill English, Hon Carmel Sepuloni, Wayne Eagleson and Peter Mersi shared insights from their experiences working at the political and administration interface.

  • 10 Aug 2022
  • 2022
  • Democracy
  • Parliament
  • Public Service
  • Wellington

New Professionals Graduate Event

On Thursday 28 July, IPANZ New Professionals hosted an event for current and soon-to-best graduates across government and government-adjacent organisations. The New Professionals team had a great time chatting with the dozens of students and early career public servants in attendance – it’s exciting to see so much talent coming into the sector!

  • 28 Jul 2022
  • 2022
  • New Professionals
  • Wellington

IPANZ AGM with Guest Speaker Riana Manuel, Chief Executive, Māori Health Authority – Te Mana Hauora Māori

IPANZ invited Riana Manuel Tumu Whakarae/Chief Executive of the new Māori Health Authority – Te Mana Hauora Māori, to speak at our 2022 Annual General Meeting.

  • 26 Jul 2022
  • 2022
  • Maori-Crown Relationships
  • Public Service Reform
  • Te Tiriti
  • Wellington

New Professionals - Mānawatia a Matariki

IPANZ New Professionals hosted an event on Thursday 23 June to celebrate Matariki, the Māori new year. Attendees heard a korero from Cullum Peni-Wesche, and embraced the opportunity to come together to reflect on the year that has passed, celebrate the present, and plan for the future. Mānawatia a Matariki!

  • 23 Jun 2022
  • 2022
  • Culture and Heritage
  • Maori-Crown Relationships
  • Public Service
  • Te Reo
  • Te Tiriti
  • Wellington

Public Sector Reform - Moving Mountains: Big Change for Better Futures

In May of this year, Deloitte released the 2022 State of the State Report - Public Sector Reform: Moving Mountains - Big Change for Better Futures. This event/panel discussion was designed to explore what motivates us to call for reform, what the public sector can do to deliver value from reform and whether there are better alternatives to reform.

  • 16 Jun 2022
  • 2022
  • Public Service
  • Reform
  • 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 May 2022
  • 2022
  • Parliament
  • Public Service
  • Wellington

New Professionals - Meet the Chiefs Breakfast with Gaye Searancke

This IPANZ NP’s had the pleasure of hearing from Gaye Searanke from Toitu Te Whenua about her career journey. This was a really open and honest session and Gaye really encouraged conversation.

  • 17 May 2022
  • 2022
  • Leadership
  • New Professionals
  • Wellington

Systemic Change in the Public Service to Better Enable Collaboration

Public sector agencies are endeavouring to work better collaboratively - joint work across agency and sector boundaries. The Public Sector Act 2020 puts in legislation a commitment to do so. However, despite good intentions, collaborative initiatives encounter barriers due to the way government operates.

This webinar series explores how Public Service agencies can work across agency and sector boundaries.

  • 03 May 2022
  • 2022
  • Collaboration
  • Leadership
  • Public Service
  • Wellington

Wellbeing Budgets and the Environment: A Promised Land?

IPANZ hosted this webinar where the team at The Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment (PCE) reported on their review about whether the Government’s wellbeing budget process takes into account the complexities and long-term nature of many environmental problems.

  • 06 Apr 2022
  • 2022
  • Budget
  • Climate Change
  • Public Service
  • Sustainability
  • Wellbeing
  • Wellington

Public Sector Economics - The Basics for Non-Economists

This online series is designed to provide public servants, who do not have a background in economics, an introductory overview of key terms/concepts/instruments commonly used in Public Sector planning and advice. The series is split across three 1-hour webinars covering - Macro Economics, Micro Economics and The Living Standards Framework.

    • 05 Apr 2022
    • 2022
    • Public Service
    • Wellington

    2022 Salvation Army State of the Nation Report

    The Salvation Army’s Social Policy and Parliamentary Unit (SPPU) recently produced its 15th annual State of the Nation Report – Navigating the Rapids. For 15 years the State of the Nation report has measured progress, stagnation and at time regression of the health of communities, whanau and individuals.
    IPANZ invited Lt Col. Ian Hutson, Director of the SPPU and Paul Barber, Social Policy Analyst and report co-author to outline the analysis findings and trends of the report...

    • 30 Mar 2022
    • 2022
    • Public Service
    • Wellington

    Effective Engagement with Maori 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 Mar 2022
    • 2022
    • Maori-Crown Relationships
    • Public Service
    • Wellington

    2022 IPANZ Annual Address with Hon Grant Robertson

    Watch Hon Grant Robertson deliver the 2022 IPANZ Annual Address.

    • 24 Feb 2022
    • 2022
    • Public Service
    • Wellington

    IPANZ Public Sector Conference

    IPANZ held the Public Sector Conference on Tuesday 22 February 2022. The Conference was run virtually to an audience of over 500 people across Aotearoa.

    • 22 Feb 2022
    • 2022
    • Public Service
    • Wellington

    2021 - Reflections and Insights Online Panel Event

    This event saw an assembled panel of speakers to reflect on the highlights and lowlights of the year and to look to the year ahead and share what they think the big issues will be!

    • 15 Feb 2022
    • 2022
    • Public Service
    • Wellington

    Leading Digital Programmes to Transform Public Services

    This online series explored how public servants can improve the digital experience governments offer, how we can effectively and efficiently roll out the projects needed to bring digital platforms up to date and, finally, how we measure and communicate the success of those projects, far beyond the point at which they go live.

    • 10 Feb 2022
    • 2022
    • Digital Government
    • Engagement
    • Public Service
    • Wellington

    New Professionals Wellbeing Strategy - Designing Work for Wellbeing

    On Wednesday 8 December the IPANZ New Professionals held an awesome session with Kate Milburn and Inspector Rebecca Hill on wellbeing strategies and how we can embed them into our work and our lives.

    • 08 Dec 2021
    • 2021
    • New Professionals
    • Public Service
    • Wellbeing
    • Wellington

    National Level Collaboration - Setting-Up for Success

    The establishment of Predator Free 2050 was a national collaborative process. It involved multiple public sector agencies, local government, NGOs, scientists, iwi and more in one collaborative process. This event shares the key lessons learnt through the process, including where to start, what elements are critical to make it work, lessons learnt and the top tips for success.

    • 30 Nov 2021
    • 2021
    • Collaboration
    • Public Service
    • Wellington

    Collaboration - You Can Make It Work With Great Results

    In this IPANZ lunchtime event, Andrew Crisp, Chief Executive of the Ministry of Housing and Urban Development and Nigel Bickle, Chief Executive of Hastings District Council shared their experience collaborating on the Place Based Housing Initiative in Hastings - an excellent example of collaboration between community, iwi, local and central government! Andrew and Nigel skillfully combined the big picture of recent developments in systems, institutions and capability in New Zealand’s housing sector with a clear focus on the lives of people in Hastings and their housing needs, while sharing their reflections on the deep relationships needed to support this collaboration through good times and bad.

    • 25 Nov 2021
    • 2021
    • Collaboration
    • Leadership
    • Local Government
    • Public Service
    • Wellington

    Leadership for Digital Transformation

    On 3 November, IPANZ held an event exploring the issues the Public Service faces Leading Digital Transformation. Panelists Naomi Ferguson - Chief Executive of Inland Revenue, Richard Foy - Director of the Te Puna Rua Collaboration, Department of Internal Affairs, and Pia Andrews - Open Data & Digital Government Specialist, in conversation with IPANZ president Liz MacPherson shared their vision for the future, the capability gaps within the sector, and the opportunities and challenges that lay ahead.

    • 03 Nov 2021
    • 2021
    • Information Technology
    • Leadership
    • Public Service Reform
    • Stewardship
    • Wellington