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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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.

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...

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