A Spirit Of Service

Author Biography: Peter Hughes | Head of State Services

“I strongly believe in the ideal of public service and I have devoted the whole of my working life to it. It is a privilege to serve as State Services Commissioner.”

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30 November 2017


New Zealand’s State Services must reflect the communities they serve.

Unfortunately, the State Services workforce is not as diverse as it should and could be.

7 November 2017

Every day right around New Zealand Public servants work hard to make a difference for New Zealand and New Zealanders. And yet all too often this effort goes unacknowledged.

I strongly believe in the...

13 October 2017


Tomorrow is the start of Conservation Week (14-22 October). The Department of Conservation (DOC) runs this programme each year...

28 September 2017


It’s not every day I get to welcome an agency into the Public Service, but today I am pleased to welcome the New Zealand Security Intelligence Service (NZSIS) as a fully-fledged Public Service Department.

15 September 2017


Kua tata oti te wiki o te reo Māori, he mīharo hoki te kite atu i te maha o ngā mahi whakanui i te reo Māori puta noa i te motu!

Māori language week is drawing to a close and it was fantastic to see the celebration of te reo Māori and Māori...

8 September 2017

The Women of Influence Awards were presented last night and I was really pleased to see a strong field of very worthy nominees and winners from central...

2 August 2017


You may have noticed I recently released an important report into the treatment of whistle-blowers within the Ministry of Transport,...

6 July 2017

I recently visited the Auckland Policy Office to check out how it’s getting on with addressing the many challenges that face our biggest city. 

It was great to be able to wander...

3 July 2017

You will have seen some quite personal criticism of the Head of the Ministry of Health in the media recently.

You may also have seen a letter from me asking Members of Parliament to refrain from public criticism of him. I want to talk here about why I did this.


23 June 2017

It's useful to be reminded, every now and then, that we need to work hard every day to earn the public's trust and confidence.

As a sector we've got some big and important goals in our sights, such as building better public services that are more joined up, achieving...

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