PS News: Free and Frank Advice and the Official Information Act

Free and Frank Advice and the Official Information Act

To what extent can and should public servants expect their advice to ministers to remain confidential, ask Andrew Kibblewhite and Peter Boshier in a co-authored article in the May Policy Quarterly. They discuss the challenge of balancing the provision of free and frank advice with the right to public access to official information.

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Wellbeing in abundance

Wellbeing – what is it, why should we care and what does measuring it and trying to implement it mean for New Zealand and New Zealanders? Next week, Deloitte and the School of Government at Victoria University of Wellington release the first of eight articles as part of State of the State New Zealand 2018 series – Wellbeing in abundance: looking after our own backyard.

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Privacy Week promotes privacy awareness

The Office of the Privacy Commissioner marks Privacy Week, 7-11 May, to promote privacy awareness and to inform people of their rights under the Privacy Act. A privacy-savvy workplace can help prevent data breaches and build trust and confidence with your public. The 2018 Privacy Forum on 9 May was a day of privacy-related discussion with many of the leading privacy exponents in New Zealand. A new Privacy Trust Mark was launched and the first recipients, Trade Me and RealMe, were announced.

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Open Government Partnership Action Plan

This is also Open Government Week and SSC is inviting participation in the development of New Zealand's next Open Government Partnership Action Plan. Workshops are being held in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch from 21-24 May to seek views on how to build a more open and transparent government.

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New course for Regulation Practitioners

G-REG, together with Skills, has developed a series of qualifications to formalise training and improve capability in regulatory practice throughout local and central government. Building on the Core Knowledge course, there are now two level 4 qualifications: Operational Knowledge and Operational Practice. Tony McKenna, Technical Programme Lead for the G-Reg Qualification, explains the new Level 4 qualifications and how they will benefit regulation practitioners.

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Cyber Security Issues on the radar

CERT NZ has released its final figures for 2017, showing that New Zealanders reported more than $5.3 million lost to cyber security issues. CERT NZ is New Zealand’s dedicated cyber security unit. IPANZ will be holding an event with CERT NZ later this year.

Read CERT NZ’s latest report

Fulbright New Zealand Awards

New Zealand graduate students who'd like to do postgraduate study or research in the US are urged to apply for a Fulbright Graduate Award. Fulbright New Zealand has increased the funding available; and eight awards valued at up to US$40,000 are up for grabs. Apply by 1 August.

Find out about graduate awards

Upcoming Events

IPANZ: Leading and Developing Public Sector Social Innovation

THURSDAY 24 MAY • Deloitte Auckland, 80 Queen Street, Auckland

The Southern Initiative (TSI) and the Auckland Co-design Lab (the Lab) is a unique New Zealand public service innovation team working across central and local government and alongside communities.

This seminar looks at how innovation and implementation co-exist through this platform to achieve transformational change.

GOVIS: Digital Evolution conference taster

MONDAY 21 MAY, 12.15 - 1.30PM • MBIE, 15 Stout St Wellington

The GOVIS Conference is coming up on 21-22 June 2018 with the theme ‘Digital Evolution’. At this forum some of our conference speakers will each give a five-minute preview of their conference presentation. Come along for a free lunch, a quick preview of the conference, and some stimulating ideas.

IGPS: Investment for Wellbeing

TUESDAY 29 MAY, 12.30 - 1.30PM • Old Government Buildings, Victoria University Piptea Campus, Wellington

He Puna Hao Pātiki the Treasury’s 2018 Investment Statement appraises government assets and liabilities - which can be drawn on for raising wellbeing, now and into the future. Treasury's Tim Ng and Sam King discuss the findings of He Puna Hao Pātiki and the potential implications for the future of public asset and liability management.

Inspiring Stories: Festival for the Future

27–29th JULY • TSB Arena & Wellington Waterfront Venues • Cost: $295 + GST

Festival for the Future has grown year-on-year to become the most significant national event of its kind, attracting 1,300+ attendees in 2017. Imagine – Mayors, Ministers, CEOs, creatives, entrepreneurs, future leaders from across the nation – and you.

The Festival is a chance to explore the big issues of our time, connect with emerging innovators and influencers, build future-relevant skills and knowledge, be inspired, and create the future. This is a great opportunity for both public and private sector professionals to engage with a diverse range of millennials, as well as supporting your young professionals to attend.