Tue 14 Mar 2023 AT 17:30 pm , Wellington

New Professionals - Ministers and Officials: Building the Relationship with Political Nous

Please note the date for this has changed (was previously 22 February).

“Public servants cannot, and should not, avoid politics ... It is vital that officials understand how to operate within a political system without operating politically”

But how does a public servant learn political nous, and how should a new professional engage with the political system early in their career?

This joint IPANZ/ANZSOG event will help new professionals understand what political nous is, hear from senior public servants on their experiences engaging with the political system, and provide opportunity for new professionals to discuss and share what would help them develop their own skillset.

This event is an interactive workshop where new professionals can learn, connect and share their experiences in small breakout groups, guided by experienced public servants.


  • Deb Te Kawa (Ngāti Porou) – Independent Consultant in governance and public policy – former ministerial advisor, private secretary, and senior government official
  • Kosal Kong – Chief Policy Analyst at Ministry of Education
  • Steven Sutton – Special Counsel in Public Law & Policy at Russell McVeagh – former Deputy-Secretary of Te Puni Kōkiri and Legal and Constitutional Advisor at DPMC

IPANZ is working with the Australian New Zealand School of Government (ANZSOG) to bring you this event.