The Commissioner does not have the power to set standards of integrity and conduct for Crown research institutes and tertiary education institutes, although these are Crown entities. Neither does the Commissioner have the power to set standards for other parts of the wider State sector such as State-owned Enterprises, the New Zealand Police, New Zealand Security Intelligence Service, the New Zealand Defence Force and parliamentary agencies like the Ombudsmen’s Office and the Office of the Auditor General. These agencies, however, are part of the State sector.
The Cabinet Manual requires that all employees in the State sector must act with a spirit of service to the community and meet high standards of integrity and conduct in everything they do. In particular, employees must be fair, impartial, responsible, and trustworthy (paragraph 3.50).