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


Zaira Najam PHD

Deputy Chair, Wellington

Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment – Hīkina Whakatutuki


Alex Loo

Deputy Chair, Auckland

New Zealand Transport Agency – Waka Kotahi

Our Teams across Aotearoa New Zealand

Auckland New Professionals’ Leadership Team

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

Wellington New Professionals’ Leadership Team

  • Cullum Peni-Wesche, Fire and Emergency NZ
  • Zaira Najam, Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment
  • Mathew Chacko, Te Arawhiti
  • Angeliki-Filia Neonaki, Ministry of Transport
  • Katherine Dickerson, Civil Aviation Authority
  • Brian Ng, Waka Kotahi NZTA
  • Chloe Cairncross, Deloitte
  • Lana Gosse, Deloitte
  • Josh Robati-Busby, Deloitte
  • Emily McCulloch, Russell McVeagh
  • Laura Sahng, Russell McVeagh

Join the IPANZ New Professionals

Nau mai, piki mai! Our network is for all kaimahi in, or with the New Zealand public service, who are in their first ten years working and would like to know more about how it all works.

Most public sector organisations are members of IPANZ. If your organisation is a member, you are eligible to sign up to attend our events and offerings for free, and attend our training events at a discounted rate.

What We Do

We plan and deliver the New Professionals programme. This involves delivering events, webinars, training seminars, and producing thought leadership pieces and articles for the Public Sector Journal.

Flagship events and offerings

Meet the Chiefs breakfast seminars

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.

Matariki Puanga in Wellington

We take the opportunity to connect, reflect on what Matariki Puanga means for us as New Professionals – and engage in deep kōrero following a Hautapu (dawn ceremony), with kai.


At these events, new professionals 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.

Get in touch!

  • If you want to be kept in the loop about what’s coming up you can follow the IPANZ New Professionals’ Network on LinkedIn and/or sign up to our mailing list here.
  • If you’re looking to supercharge your professional development and join one of our leadership teams, or sponsor / be a part of an upcoming event, then email us on newprofessionals@ipanz.org.nz

Related Events

New Professionals: Budget 101 - Insights into the process

The Institute of Public Administration New Zealand – New Professionals and Infrastructure Collective: Auckland Chapter of Infrastructure New Zealand invite you join them as they delve into the intricacies of the New Zealand budget process with a tailored focus of supporting the development of new professionals.

  • KPMG, 18 Viaduct Harbour Avenue, Auckland, New Zealand
  • Thursday 20 June
  • 16:30 pm - 18:00 pm
  • $0.00 Members
  • $0.00 Non Members

Networking Night: IPANZ New Professionals Winter Gathering

Are you looking to expand your professional network within the public sector? Curious about the innovative projects your peers are working on? Interested in discussing the changing landscape of the public sector? Our networking night is designed just for you!

  • Russell McVeagh Vero Centre, 48 Shortland Street, Auckland, New Zealand
  • Tuesday 23 July
  • 17:30 pm - 19:00 pm
  • $0.00 Members
  • $0.00 Non Members