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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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...

11 April 2018


Today is one day of the year when senior leaders of the Public Service get together as a team.

The 600 plus senior leaders at the summit are responsible for the delivery...

22 February 2018


I have been saying for some time that New Zealanders need to have trust and confidence in the Public Service. This is not a right, it’s something public servants need...

16 February 2018


You will be aware that the Minister of State Services recently announced that work is underway to review the Protected Disclosures Act 2000.

The Government is exploring whether the law and...

14 December 2017


Today I am issuing my expectations and formal guidance on free and frank advice.

As State Services...

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.


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