Political Neutrality


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

IPANZ AGM with Guest Speaker Dr Chris Eichbaum, Adjunct Professor, School of Government, Victoria University of Wellington Te Herenga Waka

IPANZ invited Dr Chris Eichbaum, Adjunct Professor, School of Government, Victoria University of Wellington Te Herenga Waka, to speak at our 2023 Annual General Meeting. Chrischallenged the audience – should we just give up on political neutrality?

  • 09 Aug 2023
  • 2023
  • Best Practice
  • Political Neutrality
  • Public Servant
  • Public Service

Ministers & Officials: How to get the relationship right – Insights from conversations at the political administrative interface

IPANZ recently collaborated with the Australia and New Zealand School of Government (ANZSOG) on a series of events to explore the crucial relationship between ministers and officials. The attached report documents insights that emerged from these conversations.

  • 09 Aug 2023
  • 2023
  • Best Practice
  • Political Nous

Operating in a political system without operating politically

Kate Butler, Solicitor at Russell McVeagh, brings together some insights about political nous following a series of events hosted by IPANZ and the Australia New Zealand School of Government.

  • 16 Jun 2023
  • 2023
  • Best Practice
  • Political Neutrality
  • Political Nous
  • Public Service

Making sense of Politicisation in the New Zealand Public Service

Politicisation, which is when partisan considerations get into the advice and operations of a non-partisan public service, is a perennial concern. Richard Shaw (Professor in Politics at Massey University) and Chris Eichbaum (Adjunct Professor in the School of Government at Victoria University of Wellington) explore politicisation in the New Zealand public service and ask what the recent Working in the Public Service survey tells us about it.

  • 02 Jun 2023
  • 2023
  • Best Practice
  • Political Neutrality
  • Public Service

The "Demand side" – Helping Ministers to be intelligent customers of policy services

A recent IPANZ/Productivity Commission round table concluded that public servants should be more courageous in their advice to ministers and more leadership was required. Sally Washington, Australia NZ School of Government (ANZSOG) Executive Director Aotearoa, unpicks the dimensions of great relationships between ministers and their departments. IPANZ and ANZSOG intend future collaboration to explore issues at the political–administrative interface.

  • 21 Feb 2023
  • 2022
  • Best Practice
  • Policy Advice
  • Public Servant

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
  • Seminar
  • Wellington