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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11 December 2018

Today we welcomed 150 Public Service interns at a special spirit of service event.  

It’s important that Public Service agency interns get opportunities to meet and interact with a variety of public servants, including senior leaders and other interns....

7 November 2018

Today is the inaugural New Zealand Public Service Day - Te Rā Kāwanatanga 2018.

It celebrates a special event 106 years ago when the Public Service Act became law, creating a professional, unified and impartial Public Service that remains fundamental to our system of...

19 October 2018

The deaths of two outstanding DOC conservation workers in yesterday’s tragic helicopter crash reminds us that many public servants literally put their lives on the line to serve their country.

Paul Hondelink and Scott Theobald...

11 October 2018

I talked this week to some of our brightest young public servants at the IPANZ New Professionals Conference in Wellington.

Many of these young people will have made public service their first...

19 September 2018


Today, on the 125th Anniversary of Women’s Suffrage in New Zealand, I want to recognise the central government winners and finalists from last night's Women of Influence Awards in Auckland.


14 August 2018


I’ve always believed in the power of awards and recognition.

Public Servants work hard for New Zealanders. They come to work wanting to do the best job they can...

26 July 2018


Last night was the one night of the year we celebrate the great work public servants do every day and every week.

The IPANZ Public Sector Excellence Awards and the...

14 May 2018


There’s another side to John Tamihere’s story which ran in last Wednesday’s New Zealand Herald under the headline...

4 May 2018


More than 500 women attended the third Women in Public Sector Summit in Wellington on Wednesday and many came away inspired.

The summit is for women at all levels of their career – those preparing for their first...

26 April 2018


Nothing embodies the spirit of service more than the Anzacs who fought on the frontline in a conflict far from home on the other side of the world.

The thing that united the Anzacs was a...

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