IPANZ New Professionals

Connect, be inspired and develop your career with the IPANZ New Professionals Network.

Join the IPANZ New Professionals

IPANZ New Professionals is for anyone new to the public service who would like to know more about how it all works.

Most government organisations are IPANZ members – if your organisation is a member, you can come to events for free and sign up for training at a discounted rate.

What We Do

We host events. We want to make it easier for you to form relationships across the public service and to learn from people who are good at what they do.


Meet the Chiefs

At these events, chief executives (CEs) reflect on their careers – often sharing deep insights, helpful tips, and their perspective on what is or will be important. Coffee, breakfast, and the opportunity to quiz a CE – all provided.


At these events, young professionals (who are in the public service or ‘public service adjacent') mix and mingle, form connections and get to know what different workplaces and roles are like. While you may come for the free food, you’ll end up staying for the chat.


Public Sector 101 is an online course designed to provide you with a comprehensive introduction to the public sector in just 8 ½ hours over 6 sessions. We cover a lot of ground, and there are sessions on:

    • te tiriti o Waitangi
    • parliament, legislation and the constitution,
    • ministers, officials and the policy process
    • parliament's financial cycle, and
    • scrutiny and integrity.

      Want to Know More?

      • If you want to be kept in the loop about what’s coming up you can follow the IPANZ New Professionals on Facebook, LinkedIn and/or sign up to our mailing list here.
      • If you are interested in sponsoring or being part of an event, contact Ana from the New Professionals Leadership Team by emailing us or calling 027 344 3061.

      Who's on the IPANZ New Professionals Leadership Team?

      There's quite a few of us, hailing from all over the show:

      Ana Callghan
      Senior Advisor - Te Tari Taiwhenua - Department of Internal Affairs                 

      Babitha Gnanakumar
      Policy and Regulatory Consultant - Allen + Clarke
      Chikita Kodikal
      Graduate Services Advisor - Te Tari Matawaka | Ministry of Ethnic Communities
      Cullum Peni-Wesche (Ngati Raukawa)
      Senior Advisor - Fire and Emergency New Zealand                                          
      George Higgie
      Consultant - Deloitte

      Georgia Doyle
      Technology Consultant - Deloitte
      Kavya Shrivastava
      Senior Property Consultant - WSP
      Liam Russell
      Senior Advisor - Te Tari Toko i te Tumu Whakawa | The Office of the Chief Justice  
      Nadia McGeachen
      Project Accountant - Kainga Ora                                               

      Sophie Austin
      Senior Advisor - Statistics New Zealand                                                      
      Steph James
      Senior Consultant - Allen + Clarke
      Renee Burt
      Senior Consultant - MartinJenkins
      Zaira Najam
      Research and Data Analyst - Hikina Whakatutki | Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment

      Georgina Lomax-Sawyers
      Law Clerk - Russell McVeagh                                                                              

      Kate Butler
      Solicitor, Public Law & Policy - Russell McVeagh                                           


      Martina Moroney 
      Policy Advisor - Infrastructure New Zealand                                                        

      Related Events

      New Professionals - The Role of Officials in Passing Legislation

      It can be daunting, as a new professional, to be tackling the legislation setting process for the first time. This is particularly true when it is for one of the significant reforms currently underway, where the legislation is of high interest and impact. The New Professionals team welcome you to this ‘Role of Officials in Setting Legislation’ seminar, where we will provide you with an overview of the legislation setting process, what it involves, common pitfalls, and what officials can do to best support it.

      • MartinJenkins Wellington Office - Level 1, City Chambers Cnr Johnston and Featherston Streets, Wellington, New Zealand
      • Thursday 27 October
      • 17:30 pm - 19:00 pm
      • $0.00 Members
      • $0.00 Non Members

      New Professionals Study Group - Public Sector 101

      The New Professionals are offering you the chance to work through the Public Sector 101 course at a discounted rate, with a group of your peers. The Public Sector 101 Online New Professionals Study Group will run from 1 November and finish up before Christmas! No pre-reading or homework required. Sign up now for a comprehensive introduction to the public sector in just 10 ½ hours over 7 sessions. Spaces are limited. Who is this for? This Study Group is ideal for anyone new to the public sector or new to working with the public sector, who would like to know more about how it all works. It’s also a great opportunity to meet your peers and form relationships across government.

      • Online Delivery via Microsoft Teams, New Zealand
      • Tuesday 1 November–13 December
      • 18:00 pm - 19:30 pm
      • $86.25 Members
      • $115.00 Non Members