Perspectives


Meet the Team - Pride and Passion for the Public Service

After more than 30 years in the public sector, Anthony Richards remains fascinated by NZ history, politics, policy and democracy and what makes our society tick. Public service is more than just a day job — Even out of hours, Anthony is often found reading books or watching content related to policy, history, economics and politics.

  • 04 Aug 2020
  • 2020
  • Best Practice
  • Leadership
  • Public Servant

Equity for Maori in Health Services

In late 2018 and early 2019 there were a series of discussions with the five DHBs from the Waikato north, encouraged by the Minister. The aim was to seek to establish common purpose around the recognition of Te Tiriti in the health sector and the improvement of access to services for Maori. If we are to improve equity, "address persistent Maori health inequities" and meet our Te Tiriti responsibilities it follows we must change practice. But which practices do we change, and how do we do this and what happens to those who might stand to miss out from such a change?

  • 31 Jul 2020
  • 2020
  • Best Practice
  • Maori-Crown Relationships
  • Public Service

Some Background Information on Individual Ministerial Responsibility

Recent weeks have seen a relatively rare event in New Zealand politics and public administration – the resignation of a Cabinet Minister. One can ‘make sense’ of events like this through a number of perspectives - Chris Eichbaum shares some thoughts on Ministerial Responsibility in this article for IPANZ members.

  • 16 Jul 2020
  • 2020
  • Best Practice

New Zealand Spirit of Service Scholarship

Arun Jain and Tennille Maxey are the inaugural recipients of the Westpac New Zealand Spirit of Service Scholarship, which supports early-in-career public servants to attend Oxford University’s Blavatnik School of Government to study towards a Master of Public Policy. They’re half way through the year-long programme, and in this article they give an update, with some of their big highlights and insights, and how Covid-19 has impacted their studies.

  • 30 Jun 2020
  • 2020
  • Best Practice
  • Leadership
  • Public Servant

Kia Kaha, Te Reo Maori! Kia Kaha, Aotearoa!

Te reo Māori has played a central role in the Crown’s response to the coronavirus or as our translators named it: Mate Korona. In the first days of lockdown, Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori assembled our nation’s leading translators into a specialist, rapid response reo Māori team. By collaborating as a team, peer reviewing, and creating new terms related to the virus, they provided translations seven days a week, often well into the early hours.

  • 17 Jun 2020
  • 2020
  • Best Practice
  • Crisis Response
  • Public Service
  • Te Reo
  • Wellbeing
  • Wellington

Voices From Canterbury

As public servants, our role in New Zealand’s economic and social recovery from Covid-19 presents many challenges but also many opportunities. How effectively we respond will, at least in some part, be determined by how well we learn from the experiences of the past. In the latest issue of our Journal, we talk to people with different roles in the Canterbury region, about the lessons they have learnt about responding to crisis and trauma that could help to shape our future responses.

  • 17 Jun 2020
  • 2020
  • Best Practice
  • Crisis Response
  • Wellington

Technology Change, Pandemics and the Future of Work

Nicholas Green from the Productivity Commission considers the potential impact on our workplaces from Covid-19, building on the work of the Commission into Technological change and the future of work. Nicholas lays out a range of economic impacts if New Zealanders retain the preferences for doing things more online. He focusses specifically on how the public sector should think about the issues, and opportunities in all portfolios to improve resilience and service productivity.

  • 17 Jun 2020
  • 2020
  • Best Practice
  • Information Technology
  • Innovation
  • Wellington

Engaging Young People in Policy and Practice Development

How might we get young people to genuinely provide input to public sector decisions? This is not a question everyone asks - but it’s regularly on my mind. With Select Committees being about politicians needing more information, not about civic dialogue, we need new ways to involve citizens, notably young people, in decision making. I can only speak about examples that have crossed my path while working for the public sector.

  • 17 Jun 2020
  • 2020
  • Best Practice
  • Collaboration
  • Youth Engagement

Please Press Pause

IPANZ is aware of those important partners of the public service in the non-government charitable sector. The Chief Executives of the Wise Group have sent a paper called Please Press Pause to Government with an important message about taking the time to reflect on some of the sector transformation that has been nimbly achieved over the past six weeks, because we don’t lose any of the social good that has been gained through the COVID-19 crisis

  • 12 May 2020
  • 2020
  • Best Practice
  • Public Service
  • Wellington

Understanding Multi-Ethnicity in Aotearoa

EeMun Chen, a senior analyst with MartinJenkins, has written about multi-ethnicity and the consequences of this for public servants — whether policy professionals or service providers. She particularly makes a plea for a greater focus on qualitative research to provide a more accurate and nuanced understanding of the lived experience of this group, which now stands at more than half a million people in New Zealand.

  • 11 May 2020
  • 2020
  • Best Practice
  • Big Data
  • Demographics
  • Wellington

Beyond 2022 - Ireland Sets Out to Reclaim Part of its History

This major cultural project has required collaboration, funding and an interdisciplinary approach to work previously unseen - there are lessons and parallels for New Zealand's Archives and Culture and Heritage communities

  • 02 Jul 2019
  • 2019
  • Best Practice
  • Culture and Heritage

Results from IPANZ New Professionals Survey

In November, the IPANZ New Professionals Committee undertook a survey of our members to stocktake how they're feeling in their work life as well as how the New Professionals Committee can continue to support their progression.

  • 03 Dec 2018
  • Best Practice
  • New Professionals

Maudie Johnson-Hunter takes out IPANZ Public Administration Prize

Maudie Johnson-Hunter is the winner of the IPANZ Public Administration Prize 2018 for top marks in a Public Management paper as part of her BCom at Victoria University of Wellington. However, completing her degree was just the start for Maudie.

  • 23 Nov 2018
  • Best Practice
  • Education
  • Public Servant

A Framework for Wellbeing

As we look towards New Zealand’s first “Wellbeing Budget” in 2019, Carl Billington takes a closer look at what we mean by wellbeing and how we might measure it. Traditionally, wellbeing has always been the focus, if not always the outcome, of economics. The current kōrero that is developing around wellbeing, economics, and public policy represents a return to this original understanding.

  • 20 Nov 2018
  • Best Practice
  • Innovation
  • Public Service

Privileged to pursue her passion

Dr Katie Bruce left her policy job and took a pay cut to pursue her passion for social justice, first as JustSpeak Director and now as the new Chief Executive of Volunteering New Zealand. She spoke with Public Sector’s Rose Northcott about her career, her respect for young people, and how volunteers are making a multi-billion dollar contribution to this country but remain undervalued.

  • 20 Nov 2018
  • Best Practice
  • Leadership

British Brief

Five years ago, the UK government established the What Works Network. The idea was to ensure all policy making and service delivery was based on evidence. It was an impressive undertaking and one of the first times a national approach had been used to put evidence at the centre of decision making. Shelly Farr Biswell reports on how it’s looking five years later.

  • 20 Nov 2018
  • Best Practice
  • Innovation
  • Leadership
  • Public Service

Women, Take the Matter Up

New Zealand women were granted the right to vote 125 years ago thanks to suffragists like Kate Sheppard and Meri Te Tai Mangakāhia. How have women in the public service fared since 1893? What changed in the decades after? And what goals remain unfulfilled? Jacqui Gibson catches up with some women of the public service to find out.

  • 20 Nov 2018
  • Best Practice
  • Leadership
  • Public Service

Is the UK government fit for purpose?

Governance expert Professor Andrew Kakabadse, Henley Business School, University of Reading interviewed current and former ministers and civil servants on whether the UK government is fit for purpose. Shelly Farr Biswell talks with Professor Kakabadse about his findings.

  • 03 Oct 2018
  • Best Practice
  • Public Service

Deloitte IPANZ Public Sector Excellence Awards 2018

KATHY OMBLER catches up with the winners of the Deloitte IPANZ Public Sector Excellence Awards.

  • 11 Sep 2018
  • Best Practice
  • Excellence Awards

Walking towards the risk

Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) Chief Executive Tim Fowler talks with ROSE NORTHCOTT about bold projects, why he thinks our public sector could take a leaf out of Australia’s book, and how representing his country in sport has influenced his work.

  • 11 Sep 2018
  • Best Practice
  • Leadership
  • Public Servant

Reforming the State Sector

With a proposal to review the State Sector Act currently before parliament and a public consultation process underway, CARL BILLINGTON explores the thinking behind the proposed reforms and the implications this has for the public sector.

  • 11 Sep 2018
  • Best Practice
  • Public Service

Spirit of Service

Recently, Peter Hughes, State Services Commissioner, gave the Paterson Oration in Sydney, where he spoke
about matters such as political neutrality and free and frank advice. Here is an excerpt of his speech.

  • 16 Aug 2018
  • Best Practice
  • Leadership

The Future Public Servant: a discussion paper

As the public service operates within an increasingly digital, global and complex world, the attributes and skills of public servants will need to adapt. This paper aims to encourage debate about the skills, competencies and dispositions that public servants of the future may need to possess in a changing world. We invite your feedback, email: generalmanager@ipanz.org.nz

  • 20 Jul 2018
  • Best Practice
  • Education
  • Public Servant

A Common Wealth

In April, leaders from the 53 Commonwealth countries met in London for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM). Held biennially, CHOGM's theme this year - Towards a Common Future - reflected the ambitious intention of the meeting to encourage dialogue and action between countries. Writer Shelly Farr Biswell reported on the Meeting's forums.

  • 02 Jul 2018
  • Best Practice
  • Leadership

Q&A: Carolyn Tremain

Q&A with Carolyn Tremain. A conversation with the Chief Executive of MBIE about her roles in the private and public sector; and the need to grab even the left-field opportunities.

  • 02 Jul 2018
  • Best Practice
  • Leadership
  • Public Servant