IPANZ New Professionals

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

New Professionals’ Chairs Cohort

Cullum Peni-Wesche (Ngāti Raukawa)

Co-Chair and IPANZ Board Member


Fire and Emergency New Zealand


Martina Moroney

Co-Chair and IPANZ Board Member


Infrastructure New Zealand


Liam Russell

Deputy Chair and IPANZ Board Member


The Office of the Chief Justice

Our Teams across Aotearoa New Zealand

Auckland New Professionals’ Leadership Team

  • Alex Loo, New Zealand Transport Agency – Waka Kotahi
  • Ayesha Goel, Russell McVeagh
  • Ben Guernier, MartinJenkins
  • Daniel Lee, Deloitte
  • Emma Benvie-Watson, Auckland Council
  • Gemma Fulton, Retirement Commission
  • Julia Budler, Ministry of Justice
  • Lucy Comfort, Ringa Hora
  • Martina Moroney, Infrastructure NZ
  • Mikayla Thompson, Awhi Group
  • Morgan Browne-Sharpe, Auckland Council
  • Olivia Zhang, Auckland Council
  • Ronnie Gosai, KPMG

Wellington New Professionals’ Leadership Team

  • Chloe Cairncross, Deloitte
  • Cullum Peni-Wesche, Fire and Emergency NZ
  • Georgina Lomax-Sawyers, Russel McVeagh
  • Jacob Schafer, MartinJenkins
  • Laura Sahng, Russell McVeagh
  • Liam Russell, Office of the Chief Justice
  • Mathew Chacko, Land Information New Zealand
  • Zaira Najam, Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment

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.

      Related Events

      Digital Transformation: Navigating Aotearoa's Future Landscape

      Join us for an interactive panel discussion hosted by IPANZ New Professionals, where we'll delve into Aotearoa's current and future digital landscape.

      • Deloitte, Level 20, 1 Queen Street, Auckland, New Zealand
      • Wednesday 8 May
      • 17:15 pm - 18:30 pm
      • $0.00 Members
      • $0.00 Non Members

      IPANZ New Professionals Meet the Chiefs Breakfast Series: Phil Wilson, Auckland Council

      Join the Tāmaki Makaurau IPANZ New Professionals for for breakfast and the opportunity to hear from Phil Wilson, Chief Executive of Auckland Council.

      • MartinJenkins, Level 16, 41 Shortland Street, Auckland, New Zealand
      • Friday 10 May
      • 07:15 am - 08:30 am
      • $0.00 Members
      • $0.00 Non Members