Wed 10 Aug 2022 AT 17:00 pm , Wellington

Ministers and Officials - Getting the Relationship Right

A great relationship between Ministers and senior public servants is key to ensuring good decision-making. Engagement across the political/administrative interface requires effort on both the demand and the supply side of the relationship. This event will get to the heart of what drives success.

The conversation will explore a range of issues at the political-administrative interface, such as:

  • What are the vital things that make this relationship the best it can be?
  • What do Ministers and ministerial offices need from their public service advisors?
  • What are the biggest failures and frustrations on both sides?
  • What are the drivers of a very productive relationship?
  • How do public servants develop political nous while preserving the principles of political neutrality and free and frank advice?
  • Do Ministers receive the training they need to operate effectively?
  • How might the public service support ministers to be more intelligent customers of advice?

These are just a few of the questions to be explored in this panel discussion facilitated by Sally Washington from ANZSOG. Confirmed panellists include, Sir Bill English, Wayne Eagleson and Peter Mersi. We hope to shortly confirm the participation of a current Minister.

Refreshments will follow the panel discussion.