PS News: IPANZ supports State Services Act review

16 Oct 2018 IPANZ supports State Services Act review

IPANZ supports the State Services Act review and the proposed new Act. However, in its submission to the review it noted that innovative collaborative practices don’t always need new legislation.

IPANZ noted that MPs have a partnership relationship with the public service and this should be reflected in the values statement; suggesting: “In its working relationship with the public sector, Government and Ministers will create an environment in which free and frank and comprehensive advice is respected.”

The submission said ‘merit selection’ needed to be defined in today’s context to reflect the wide range of skills required especially to increase diversity and public sector leadership.

The IPANZ submission was tested with a cross-section of members at two sessions hosted by Victoria University using the decision support software ThinkTank. About 100 members also attended a panel discussion (pictured above) and raised important questions about values and behaviours for the public sector, whether the Act would go far enough to recognise Maori partnership and values, and how objective the ‘appointment on merit’ principle could be.

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How Auckland Works with Wellington

TUESDAY 30 OCTOBER, 9.30 - 2.45PM • James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor, 147 The Terrace, Wellington • COST: $375 + GST

How Auckland Works is a half day IPANZ seminar designed to provide Wellington-based public sector employees the opportunity to learn about how Auckland Governance works, from those who are working on the ground in local and central government in Auckland.

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Peter Hughes said, "Public Service Day is about more than awards. It’s about reflecting on the ideal of public service. It’s also an opportunity to remind ourselves that New Zealand has a Public Service that values neutrality, fairness and integrity - a public service we can all be proud of."

Agencies are encouraged to mark the day in the best way that suits them for their agency and people. How will you celebrate?

Fostering wellbeing for all – the Deloitte podcast series

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Dr Eleri Clissold, Young Professional of the Year

WEDNESDAY 31 OCTOBER, 5.30 - 7PM • Deloitte, Level 18, Deloitte Centre, 80 Queen Street, Auckland

Dr Eleri Clissold won the Young Professional of the Year at this year’s Deloitte IPANZ Public Sector Excellence Awards.

This seminar provides an opportunity to hear more about some very successful healthcare projects towards improving patient safety, and on the job training for junior doctors, from this inspirational young leader.

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MONDAY 19 NOVEMBER, 12 -1PM • Deloitte, Level 12, 20 Customhouse Quay, Wellington

Faced with an increasing need to provide direct advanced cyber protection services to vulnerable government agencies and critical national infrastructure, the Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB) established Project CORTEX in 2014.

The three-year CORTEX project, led to the development of a set of unique, bespoke cyber security tools, which can detect and prevent advanced and persistent cyber threats.

The GCSB won the Excellence in Building Trust and Confidence in Government at this year’s Deloitte IPANZ Public Sector Excellence Awards for Project CORTEX.

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The Electoral Commission - Taking it to the People

WEDNESDAY 28 NOVEMBER, 12 - 1PM • Nau Mai Room, Te Puni Kōkiri House, 143 Lambton Quay, Wellington

The Electoral Commission saw the need to turn their operating model on its head, to make voting part of everyday life and take voting to the people.

This seminar provides an opportunity to hear more about what was required to make the business transformation successful, including the challenges, lessons learned and where to next.

The Electoral Commission won the Excellence in Improving Public Value Through Business Transformation at this year’s Deloitte IPANZ Public Sector Excellence Awards.

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North Asia Centre of Asia-Pacific Excellence: Don't Get Lost in the Translation


Lawyer and Mandarin-speaker Nathalie Harrington is ideally-placed to discuss the power of language acquisition for New Zealanders and New Zealand businesses - and the pitfalls of ignoring this key capability. Nathalie will lead an evening of anecdotes, insights and examples of the role language plays in New Zealand’s ever-growing engagement on the global stage

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