PS News - A word from IPANZ's new Executive Director, Shenagh Gleisner

Nga mihi ki a koutou katoa

I am so pleased to be the new Executive Director, and, after my first week, I am impressed by the many creative ideas I am hearing about how to make IPANZ even better. The staff in the office here at IPANZ have done a great job in ensuring the IPANZ foundations are very sound, and I am grateful for that every day. I will be away in July (a long planned break). In August I will be able to share with you some exciting prospects for IPANZ with a menu of ideas, activities and issues and fresh ways of engaging, to ensure that IPANZ is a strong voice, widely heard. I look forward to many more conversations with you all.

I looked at articles in the news this week through a public service lens, thinking particularly about the risks and opportunities presented by changes in society impacting public servants. “What might this mean for public servants and public management? I ask myself.

I have provided a link below to an article which gives us a taste of opportunities for some of the future of work for public servants - it challenges us to keep building effective partnerships with Maori; it offers fresh ways of working in communities including with NGO’s; it prompts us to continue to learn about and implement co-design. Getting this right for mental health could have a profound impact socially, culturally, personally and economically for New Zealand.

Mental health wins record funding in New Zealand’s first ‘well-being budget’




IPANZ Deloitte Public Sector Conference 2019 - Open for Registrations

Thursday 15 August, The Intercontinental Hotel, Wellington

The conference provides a forum for public servants to discuss, gain knowledge and share insights on issues facing New Zealand so they can contribute to a public service that is compassionate, unified and motivated by a spirit of service to the community.

The focus for this year’s programme is the big issues facing the future of work for the Public Sector, including the State Sector Act Reform. This is the most significant reform of New Zealand’s Public Service in 30 years. The proposed changes involve a major shift in the way the Public Service operates and meets the needs of New Zealand and New Zealanders.

Speakers will delve into the future of work within the public sector, reflecting on the past, looking at the present and discussing the future changes that will make the biggest impact for New Zealanders.

Learn more and register here

Ethical Leadership in a Changing World

Starts 3 July, an online course

Leaders today face pressing demands to address a multitude of global problems and achieve greater sustainability for people, the planet and future generations. This requires a more collaborative, ethical leadership approach. But what does ethical leadership really mean?

Explore the theories of ethical leadership and learn how to become an ethical business leader yourself in New Zealand’s first-ever ethical leadership MOOC (Massive Open Online Course), offered by Victoria University of Wellington.

Ethical Leadership in a Changing World is a free six-week course on the prestigious edX MOOC platform that will introduce you to the theories and practices of ethical leadership, with a focus on organisations.

Through the voices of recognised leaders from New Zealand’s private, public and NGO sectors, you will also hear about the main issues ethical leadership should address.

Individuals, organisations and society all benefit from ethical leadership. Find out how and why this value-based leadership matters to us all.

Enrol in the course now

New Zealand’s Emergency Communications Conference

Presented by Emergency Media & Public Affairs (EMPA), the conference will be held at Te Papa, from Wednesday 31 July to Friday 2 August.  The conference will provide public information managers and emergency communications practitioners with professional development, knowledge sharing and learnings from fellow professionals around the world.

For more details visit the EMPA conference webpage

ROTARY FORUM - Wellington: Creating Tomorrow

Big ideas are cool again. The best place to find them is at Wellington: Creating Tomorrow, a forum inspired by Rotary Club of Wellington.

The Forum has been running for eight years covering a range of topics from privacy and security to lessons for Wellington from the Christchurch earthquakes.

Our audience will be multi-generational, from all walks of life and inclusive of Maori, Pasifika, Pakeha and new immigrants, As well as young people, we're engaging those with young families and the elderly, so that every perspective is heard. The common denominator is a passion for discovery and a commitment to tangible change.

So come and join in the conversation and be part of creating your Wellington of tomorrow. Among the speakers are:

  • Hon Grant Robertson, MP for Wellington Central
  • Tamatha Paul, President Victoria University Students' Association
  • Wayne Mulligan, Port Nicholson Block Settlement Trust
  • Sophie Handford, School Strike 4 Climate
  • Anake Goodall, Chair Hillary Institute of International Leadership
  • Dr Sarb Johal, Psychologist and disaster mental health expert
  • Chloe Swarbrick, MP

DATE: Thursday 4 July 2019

TIMES: 12.15pm (registration from 11.45am) to 5.30pm. Drinks and networking until 7.00pm.

WHERE: Michael Fowler Centre - The Renouf Foyer

COST: $75 (waged) and $25 (unwaged). Limited number of early bird $60 (waged) - all prices exclusive of GST. Lunch is not included. Light refreshments available in the afternoon.

See more and book here - Wellington: Creating Tomorrow