Wed 26 Apr 2023 AT 17:30 pm , Wellington

Ministers and Officials: Building the relationship with political nous

IPANZ and ANZSOG are partnering to explore issues at the political administrative interface. The series - Ministers and officials: Getting the relationship right - kicked off last year with an event where Rt Hon Bill English, Wayne Eagleson, Peter Mersi and (now) Deputy Prime Minister Carmel Sepuloni discussed what makes for good relationships between ministers and officials. A critical component identified in last year’s session was the need for officials to be politically savvy.

But what is ‘political savvy’ or ‘political nous’ and how do you develop it? How can officials understand the politics without getting involved in the politics?

This joint IPANZ/ANZSOG event will delve into this vital topic with a panel well versed in the relationship between politicians and officials:

• Tory Whanau – Mayor of Wellington

• Mike Munro – Director at Munro Church Communications

• Paul James – Secretary for Internal Affairs and Chief Executive for Te Tari Taiwhenua Department of Internal Affairs

IPANZ is working with the Australian New Zealand School of Government (ANZSOG) to bring you this event. It follows on from a New Professionals event on the same topic.