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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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...

25 May 2017

We hear a lot said about teamwork, and how working together towards a shared goal makes the chances of success so much greater.

It’s an easy thing to say.  The challenging part of course is making it happen, to really...

9 May 2017

All of you who’ve played a part in achieving the Better Public Services targets can feel rightfully proud of the difference you’re making.  I think that what’s been achieved is really inspiring.

Last week’s announcement of a new set of 10...

27 April 2017

Many of you will have turned out for services to commemorate Anzac Day, our national day of remembrance. 

It’s great to see the numbers who want to keep alive the memory of those who served our country in past conflicts, and to honour the men and women...

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