Past Events Directory


Refreshing Human Rights for Our Time and Place - The Crucial and Constructive Role of the Public Service

Paul Hunt, the Chief Human Rights Commissioner shared with attendees of this lunchtime session the critical role the Public Service has in advancing New Zealand’s national and international human rights promises. He shared his views about when and how human rights should be considered/included in the policy-making process, and how they can help officials design effective, robust, inclusive policies and ensure government Te Tiriti obligations are taken seriously and issues of equity are addressed.



  • 25 May 2021
  • 2021
  • Human Rights
  • Public Service
  • Wellington

System Leadership - What is it and how do you do it?

IPANZ President Liz MacPherson facilitated a conversation with Iona Holsted, Secretary of Education and Vicky Robertson, Secretary for the Environment, about system leadership - what it is, why it is important, what it means?

  • 18 May 2021
  • 2021
  • Collaboration
  • Leadership
  • Public Service
  • Stewardship
  • Wellington

Climate Action for Aotearoa

The Climate Change Commission recently delivered its first package of advice to Government. In this address to IPANZ members, Dr Rod Carr, Chairperson, Climate Change Commission shared with IPANZ members the role the public service plays in delivering against this advice.

  • 28 Apr 2021
  • 2021
  • Climate Change
  • Public Service
  • Sustainability
  • Wellington

New Professionals - Meet the Chiefs Breakfast with Julie Read

The IPANZ New Professionals hosted our first Meet the Chiefs session for 2021! And we started off with a bang with Julie Read from the Serious Fraud Office.

  • 21 Apr 2021
  • 2021
  • Leadership
  • New Professionals
  • Public Service
  • Wellington

Productivity and the Public Sector

IPANZ hosted Dr Ganesh Nana, Chair of the Productivity Commission for a lunchtime session about public sector productivity. You can view his presentation slides here...

  • 12 Apr 2021
  • 2021
  • Productivity
  • Productivity
  • Public Service
  • Wellbeing
  • Wellington

Navigating Global Challenges - An Address by Laura Clarke, British High Commissioner

IPANZ and NZIIA were delighted to host the British High Commissioner to New Zealand, Laura Clarke for this event in Auckland. Ms Clarke spoke of the global challenges ahead and how the UK and New Zealand can work together on shared goals such as tackling climate change and rebuilding from COVID-19.

  • 08 Apr 2021
  • 2021
  • Auckland

Looking Back, Looking Forward - Pandemic Management

Michael Baker, Professor of Public Health at the University of Otago spoke with IPANZ members about New Zealand's response to the COVID-19 pandemic - looking back at the management of the pandemic, but also looking forward to the readiness of our system for what might come next.

  • 25 Mar 2021
  • 2021
  • Crisis Response
  • Public Service
  • Science
  • Wellington

Leadership, Co-ordination and Collaboration Across Government

In March 2020 the New Zealand public sector faced one of its toughest challenges -it's response to COVID-19. The response is ongoing, and reflecting the impact of the virus and its impacts on all New Zealanders, touches all parts of the public sector. In this seminar, Cheryl Barnes, Deputy Chief Executive, COVID-19 Response Group, Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet discusses her experience working on the cross-government response and sharing her thoughts of what worked well, what didn't, and the lessons learnt.

  • 19 Mar 2021
  • 2021
  • Collaboration
  • Crisis Response
  • Public Service
  • Wellington

NP Social Event

IPANZ New Professionals held its first catch-up event of the year at Foxglove on the 17th of March. It was a great opportunity for young professionals from the public sector, as well as some public sector 'adjacent' young professionals to mix and mingle, form connections and get to know what different workplaces and roles are like.

  • 17 Mar 2021
  • 2021
  • New Professionals
  • Public Service
  • Wellington

The Dilemmas of Regulating the Internet

In this lunchtime event Dr Peter Thompson, Associate Professor in the Media and Communication Programme at Victoria University of Wellington, and Jared Mullen, Director Digital Safety, Te Tari Taiwhenua - Department of Internal Affairs shared their views on the complexities of regulating the internet and what the public service is doing in this area.

  • 25 Feb 2021
  • 2021
  • Public Service
  • Social Media
  • Technology
  • Wellington

2021 IPANZ Annual Address with Hon Grant Robertson

The Minister of Finance Hon Grant Robertson, delivered the 2021 IPANZ Annual Address at the Beehive Thursday 18 February, talking about the Government’s priorities for the year.

  • 23 Feb 2021
  • 2021
  • Budget
  • Public Service
  • Wellington

IPANZ End of Year Event

On Thursday 10 December 2020 IPANZ held its Annual End of Year Event. Our panelists Colin James, Tracy Watkins and Atawhai Tibble were tasked with looking ahead to 2021 and sharing their radical ideas for improving Public Sector performance.

  • 14 Dec 2020
  • 2020
  • 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.

    • 07 Dec 2020
    • 2020
    • New Professionals
    • Policy Advice
    • Wellington

    New Professionals - Spotlight on the Cross-Agency COVID-19 Response

    The IPANZ New Professionals and Deloitte hosted the Spotlight on Cross-agency/Sector COVID-19 Response event, which highlighted some of the great public sector success stories of collaboration, impact and overcoming of systemic barriers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

    • 03 Dec 2020
    • 2020
    • Collaboration
    • New Professionals
    • Wellington

    New Professionals - Young Leaders in Local Government

    On 18 November 2020, IPANZ hosted Young Leaders in Local Government event at Russell McVeagh. Our panel, comprised of Mayor Campbell Barry, Councillor Sophie Hanford and Councillor Josh Trlin, discussed a range of topical issues, as well as provided insights into their own experiences and motivations for campaigning for office.

    • 18 Nov 2020
    • 2020
    • Democracy
    • Leadership
    • Local Government
    • New Professionals
    • Wellington

    Cyber Security - Is the Risk Increasing? What Can We Do?

    You will have regularly read in the media about cyber security threats, and indeed threats that cause significant problems, as in the recent attacks which closed down the New Zealand Stock Exchange. We have also heard how Cyber security problems are becoming more and more common over time. The global disruption through COVID has changed the landscape too, with all of us spending more time online.

    • 16 Nov 2020
    • 2020
    • Big Data
    • Information Technology
    • Privacy
    • Public Service
    • Wellington

    New Professionals Auckland Webinar - Public Sector Agility

    Our Auckland New Professionals hosted a webinar on Agility in the Public Sector, with Hannah Cameron from The Public Service Commission, Jane Fitzgerald from Deloitte and Michael Quinn from MBIE.
    The panelists shared their views on what public sector agility means, what it might look like and how the new Public Service Act enables a more adaptive, agile and collaborative public service.

    • 11 Nov 2020
    • 2020
    • Auckland
    • Innovation
    • New Professionals
    • Public Service Reform

    New Professionals - Meet the Chiefs Breakfast with Lil Anderson

    The New Professionals Leadership Team hosted Lil Anderson, Chief Executive of Te Arawhiti at the last Meet the Chiefs breakfast of 2020.

    • 11 Nov 2020
    • 2020
    • Leadership
    • Maori-Crown Relationships
    • New Professionals
    • Wellington

    Effective Engagement with Maori - Auckland

    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.

    We held this two-day workshop for the first time in Auckland on the 2nd and 3rd of November. Interest outstripped places available, so we will be back in 2021.

    • 02 Nov 2020
    • 2020
    • Auckland
    • Auckland
    • Engagement
    • Maori-Crown Relationships
    • Public Servant

    Using Artificial Intelligence - Understanding and Applying

    IPANZ facilitated a fascinating discussion on the application of Artificial Intelligence in the Public Sector. Speakers from Local and Central Government provided insights about the uses and risks for the Public Sector.

    • 22 Oct 2020
    • 2020
    • Artifical Intelligence
    • Innovation
    • Trust & Confidence
    • Wellington

    New Professionals Social Event

    The New Professionals Leadership Team in Wellington hosted a Mix and Mingle event at Bethels Woods, in the glorious Wellington sunshine. The event was a great opportunity to meet other new professionals around Wellington and catch up in person. It was good to chat with everyone around how the return to the office, post lockdown, has been and to get advice and support.

    • 21 Oct 2020
    • 2020
    • New Professionals
    • Wellington

    Effective Engagement with Maori - October 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. 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.

    • 21 Oct 2020
    • 2020
    • Engagement
    • Maori-Crown Relationships
    • Public Servant
    • Wellington

    Caring for Communities - An All of Government Response to COVID-19

    When COVID-19 hit New Zealand’s shores earlier this year, New Zealand moved swiftly to eliminate the pandemic and it’s potentially disastrous impacts on the country and its people. A part of the all of government response was a workstream called Caring for Communities. The aim of the work stream was to provide important information and effective support to all individuals, whānau and communities at greater risk of experiencing adverse health, social or economic outcomes as a result of COVID-19. In this session, our speakers will talk about how the response team worked through identifying the communities that needed help, what they understood the communities were experiencing during COVID-19 and what support was required, and how the nationwide response was mobilised.

    • 01 Oct 2020
    • 2020
    • Collaboration
    • Crisis Response
    • Engagement
    • Public Service
    • Wellington

    Securing the Wellbeing of Future Generations

    IPANZ and SOLGM hosted this webinar with Dr Jane Davidson (a former Minister for the Environment and Sustainability in Wales) and Jacob Ellis (from the Office of the Future Generations Commissioner for Wales). This inspiring conversation brought together the political and administrative perspectives of planning for future generations, enabling us to draw lessons for Aotearoa/New Zealand. It covers how the Wellbeing Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015 was established, and progress in implementing its aspirations. These are critical issues for public sector professionals in local and central government, in our shared worlds where embedding effective, systemic, long-term thinking and action is of utmost importance. For IPANZ members, the principle of stewardship in our new Public Service Act and our wellbeing framework, makes this even more important.

    • 29 Sep 2020
    • 2020
    • Futures Planning
    • Stewardship
    • Wellington

    Public Sector Reputation 2020 - WEBINAR

    IPANZ and Deloitte hosted a webinar examining the factors that shape public perception of the reputation of Public Sector agencies, which reached record highs as the COVID-19 crisis struck earlier this year. Presenters Edward Langley, Research Director from Colmar Brunton and Rhys Jones, Chief Executive of Fire and Emergency New Zealand (FENZ) discussed the results from the 2020 Public Sector Reputation Index study and how the public are responding to Public Sector messaging in the post-lockdown environment.

    • 23 Sep 2020
    • 2020
    • Crisis Response
    • Integrity
    • Reputation
    • Trust & Confidence
    • Wellington