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
      Business Advisor, Policy - Ministry of Justice

      Ashley Donaldson
      Solicitor - Russell McVeagh
      Babitha Gnanakumar
      Policy and Regulatory Consultant - Allen and Clarke
      Chikita Kodikal
      Graduate Advisor - Te Kawa Mataaho Public Service Commission
      Cullum Peni-Wesche (Ngati Raukawa)
      National Operations Officer - Ministry for Primary Industries
      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
      Accountant - Kainga Ora
      Sophia Collinson
      Senior Advisor - Statistics New Zealand
      Sophie Austin
      Senior Advisor - Statistics New Zealand
      Steph James
      Senior Consultant - Allen and Clarke
      Renee Burt
      Consultant - MartinJenkins
      Zaira Najam
      Research and Data Analyst - MBIE

      Related Events

      New Professionals - Meet the Chiefs Breakfast with Chief Judge of the Employment Court Christina Inglis

      Join the IPANZ New Professionals Leadership Team for a light breakfast and the opportunity to meet the Chief Judge of the Employment Court, Her Honour Chief Judge Christina Inglis. Come at 7.15am for breakfast, the speaker will start at 7.45am, it's an early start but well worth the effort to hear Chief Judge Inglis discuss first-hand her career path, highlights and challenges. There will be the opportunity to ask questions and engage with Chief Judge Inglis as well.

      • Deloitte, Level 12, 20 Customhouse Quay, Wellington, New Zealand
      • Tuesday 26 July
      • 07:15 am - 08:30 am
      • $0.00 Members
      • $0.00 Non Members

      New Professionals - Graduate Event

      Welcome to the Public Sector! A New Professionals graduate event
      Are you in your final year at university and looking to take up a graduate position in a public sector or government-adjacent organisation next year? Or are you already in a graduate position and about to hit the mid-way point of your first year in full-time employment? The New Professionals welcome you to join us at our IPANZ graduate event!

      • Stats NZ, Level 1, 8 Willis Street, Wellington, New Zealand
      • Thursday 28 July
      • 17:00 pm - 18:30 pm
      • $0.00 Members
      • $0.00 Non Members