PS News - Some good reading for these winter evenings

By the time you get this I will be in the UK on my planned leave – and I will be back in early August. I have spent a busy and productive time in my first three weeks. I am very impressed by the creative thoughts, deep knowledge and enthusiasm of the many people I have met. Some new products and functions are being designed. Watch this space.

I wanted to draw your attention to our Public Sector Journal which is out now.

The theme is integrity and you will find in the journal many of the leaders of our public sector institutions who safeguard trust, for example the Privacy Commissioner, the Ombudsman and the Auditor General, and of course the State Services Commission, helping us understand this vital topic. Do have a look.  

You may also find the ideas of our New Professionals enlightening in the article by Ashleigh Bywater-Schulz or what we call our “sideways look” written by Dave Armstrong to promote some discussion about integrity for public servants in their workplaces.


A report you may be interested in reading –

The 2018 Work programme for IPANZ includes a focus on Stewardship in 21st Century Government. A fundamental principle of the public service is to attend to governing for the future – attending to safeguarding of long-term interests. We have attached a link to an article exploring ways in which Parliament could strengthen its scrutiny of long-term governance and stewardship. There are some ideas in the report which you may wish to read about, including for example, a dedicated foresight unit for the public service, reference to Scotland’s futures forum and the potential of system-wide stewardship reviews.

Read the full report here


Early-bird registration has been extended until Friday 12 July – register now to secure your place

The Public Sector conference is back for 2019. The focus for the programme will be on 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.

Whether you are just starting your career in the public sector, or you are in senior management, this conference caters for everyone in the sector - current and future leaders.

For all the details, visit the Conference Website

2019 IPANZ AGM with Guest Speaker Dr Chris Eichbaum

Notice is hereby given of the 83rd Annual General Meeting of the Institute of Public Administration of New Zealand (IPANZ).

Life members, fellows, members and friends are invited to attend the Annual General Meeting on Monday 29 July, 5.15-8.00pm

Nominations - IPANZ is seeking nominations to join the IPANZ Board. IPANZ is looking for the following competencies: governance experience, ability to think strategically, passion for IPANZ's vision, time to commit to board and sub-committee meetings, demonstrated thought leadership and work experience in the public sector or researching the public sector.

The completed nomination form must be received by the Office Manager no later than 2pm on Friday 19 July 2019.

Guest speaker - The 2019 Public Service ‘Reset’ – tweak or transformation?

Visit our website for all the IPANZ AGM details


Leading in crisis – New Zealand’s Emergency Communications conference

Having to respond to, or lead in a crisis is an increasingly important skill set for senior staff within government. Understanding the role that communications and engagement plays in a crisis or emergency is a critical component of successfully meeting the needs of communities in stress. Join experienced leaders and emergency communicators at the only New Zealand-dedicated crisis communications and engagement conference in Wellington from 31st July to 2nd August 2019. Delegates will hear from a range of experienced international and local speakers and participate in a half day leadership workshop.

Keen to attend? IPANZ have a complimentary conference registration to give away. If you’re employed by an agency that is a current member of IPANZ email and let her know how you would benefit from attending -  we will notify the winner of the complimentary registration on Wednesday 24 July.

Visit the EMPA website for conference details

Parliament's Financial Scrutiny Cycle

What? This 90 minute seminar outlines Parliament's Financial Scrutiny Cycle and its importance to government operations. It covers appropriations, the annual review process, and financial scrutiny.

Who? This course is aimed at public servants who are involved or interested in the financial scrutiny process from Parliament's perspective.

When? 9-10.30am, Tuesday 13 August 2019.

How? Email to register your interest for this free seminar now