Perspectives


Cutting red tape: Beware 'Verschlimmbesserung'

Jennie Kerr and Stu Murphy from MartinJenkins look at how efforts to trim New Zealand’s regulatory forest can achieve the intended aims and avoid unintended consequences.

  • 07 Jun 2024
  • 2024
  • Best Practice
  • Regulation

President's message: Bring on evidence-based investment …

IPANZ President Liz MacPherson's message in the Public Sector Journal Winter 2024 issue.

  • 07 Jun 2024
  • 2024
  • Best Practice

From the classroom to the public sector: The difference civics education can make

Writer Claire Finlayson explores the current state of affairs with civics education in Aotearoa New Zealand and asks how students, public servants, and all citizens can benefit from strengthening their knowledge on this subject.

  • 08 Apr 2024
  • 2024
  • Best Practice
  • Education
  • Public Service

Te Rau Hihiri: Nurturing Māori in the Public Sector

Te Rau Hihiri is a charitable trust aiming to empower and advocate for Māori working in and with the public sector. This article highlights key events in its history and its future focus.

  • 22 Mar 2024
  • 2024
  • Best Practice
  • Māori public servants

President's message: The pathway to leadership is service

IPANZ President Liz MacPherson's message in the Public Sector Journal Autumn 2024 issue.

  • 22 Mar 2024
  • 2024
  • Best Practice
  • Leadership

Free and Frank Advice and the Official Information Act: balancing competing principles of good government

Article by Andrew Kibblewhite and Peter Boshier in Policy Quarterly, Vol 14, Issue 2.

  • 15 Mar 2024
  • 2018
  • Best Practice
  • Free and Frank advice

Free, frank and other f‐words: learning the policy road code

Speech notes from Andrew Kibblewhite for his presentation to the IPANZ seminar held 12 August 2015.

  • 15 Mar 2024
  • 2015
  • Best Practice
  • Free and Frank advice

A media perspective on free and frank policy advice

Presentation by David Farrar to the IPANZ seminar held 12 August 2015.

  • 15 Mar 2024
  • 2015
  • Best Practice
  • Free and Frank advice

Free and Frank Policy Advice Seminar

Presentation by Dr Karen Poutasi to the IPANZ seminar held 12 August 2015.

  • 15 Mar 2024
  • 2015
  • Best Practice
  • Free and Frank advice

Free and Frank Policy Advice: Some initial observations

Presentation by Dr Chris Eichbaum to the IPANZ seminar held 12 August 2015.

  • 15 Mar 2024
  • 2015
  • Best Practice
  • Free and Frank advice

What Future for Free and Frank Advice?

Address to IPANZ by Richard Mulgan as part of centennial commemorations of the Public Service Act of 1912. Held 30 May 2012.

  • 15 Mar 2024
  • 2012
  • Best Practice
  • Free and Frank advice

Going, Growing, Gone: The public sector in a 'new' New Zealand

Distinguished Professor Emeritus Paul Spoonley outlines the main changes in Aotearoa New Zealand’s projected demography and the impact of these changes on our public services.

  • 15 Mar 2024
  • 2024
  • Best Practice
  • Data

Public service cannot promise any government ‘no surprises’

“No surprises” is fundamentally about the constitutional relationship between ministers and public servants. National’s coalition agreements with Act and New Zealand First agree that the cabinet manual’s “no surprises” policy “needs clarification to better respect the privacy of individuals”. The Institute of Public Administration NZ (IPANZ) suggests a more fundamental overhaul of the entire “no surprises” approach is necessary. Now, at the beginning of the new parliamentary term, is the time to do it.

  • 15 Dec 2023
  • 2023
  • Best Practice
  • No surprises

Did you know? New Zealand Customs

Uncover some fascinating facts and intriguing insights into one of the oldest government departments in Aotearoa New Zealand: Customs. Its Māori name – Te Mana Ārai o Aotearoa – translates as ‘the authority that screens and protects New Zealand’.

  • 08 Dec 2023
  • 2023
  • Best Practice
  • Did you know? PSJ series

AI and the Public Sector: Understanding the current landscape

In the first of a series of articles for Public Sector journal, Stephen Clarke, Data and Information Management Consultant and former Chief Archivist, provides an overview of the use of artificial intelligence (AI) technologies within the public sector, the impacts of AI on our work, and asks what issues AI raises for public servants.

  • 08 Dec 2023
  • 2023
  • Best Practice
  • Technology

Public Service Awards 2023: Perfect Storm

The 2023 Young Leader of the Year award at the Spirit of Service Awards went to Suanoa (Noa) Samasoni. Kathy Ombler chats with her about what guides her in her work and how her background has informed her work as a public servant.

  • 27 Nov 2023
  • Best Practice
  • Leadership
  • Public Servant

Agile, Tragile, Fragile: Busting the myths around agile approaches in the public sector

Shane Hastie, Global Delivery Lead at SoftEd, part of Skills Consulting Group, uncovers the myths around the concept of Agile and how this mindset or philosophy of work relates to the public sector.

  • 17 Nov 2023
  • Best Practice
  • Productivity

Bullying and Rudeness in the Public Service

Geoff Plimmer, Alina Haider, and Ao Zhou (Ollie) from the School of Management, Te Kura Whakahaere, Victoria University Wellington Te Herenga Waka ask some insightful questions about bullying and rudeness in the public service and seek to offer some solutions.

  • 17 Nov 2023
  • Best Practice
  • Wellbeing

With change comes opportunity – preparing to serve the government of the day

This post-election government formation period is not an easy time for public servants. The pre-election period has dwelt on criticism of the public service. This is not easy to hear, especially without the ability to respond. Then there are the threats of cuts to the state sector particularly the lack of value put upon ‘back office’ jobs. And there are a plethora of new ideas and policies to be implemented which will require considerable work, potentially with diminishing resources.
When we take stock at this time, what is it that we know?

  • 31 Oct 2023
  • Best Practice
  • Public Service

Pioneering Change: What can Aotearoa New Zealand learn from Wales

What can the public sector of Aotearoa New Zealand learn from the achievements of the first Future Generations Commissioner for Wales?

  • 09 Oct 2023
  • 2023
  • Best Practice
  • Futures Planning
  • Sustainability

Political Neutrality: A discussion

Chris Eichbaum, Adjunct Professor at Te Kura Kāwanatanga School of Government, Te Herenga Waka Victoria University of Wellington, shares his thoughts on the topic of political neutrality.

  • 06 Oct 2023
  • 2023
  • Best Practice
  • Political Neutrality

In the Service of Our Future - The IPANZ story

Liz MacPherson, IPANZ President, recognises the need to look backwards in order to determine the future direction of IPANZ. Here she outlines the vision and strategy for the organisation.

  • 29 Sep 2023
  • 2023
  • Best Practice
  • Futures Planning

IPANZ President’s message: Public service by the people, for the people

IPANZ President, Liz MacPherson's message on public service by the people, for the people in the 2023 Spring issue of the Public Sector Journal.

  • 15 Sep 2023
  • 2023
  • Best Practice
  • Public Service

Election season in the Public Sector: Navigating the pre- and post-election periods

Laura Sahng and Georgina Lomax-Sawyers from Russell McVeagh summarise the main points from a recent election season event, run by the IPANZ New Professionals Leadership Team.

  • 11 Sep 2023
  • 2023
  • Best Practice
  • Public Servant
  • Wellington

Index Shows more Kiwi workplaces need to prioritise psychological safety

Jane Kennelly, Director People and Stakeholder Management at Skills Consulting Group, brings together some insights about workplace wellbeing from their 2023 Skills Group Work Wellbeing Index.

  • 16 Aug 2023
  • 2023
  • Best Practice
  • Wellbeing