The 2019 Ria McBride Award applications will open on 1 March 2019 

Background
Criteria
Past winners of the Award
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Background

This prestigious award is sponsored by the State Services Commission in partnership with The New Horizons for Women Trust: Hine Kahukura. It recognises women who have demonstrated potential to advance to higher levels of responsibility in the Public Service.

The Ria McBride recognition is part of efforts to ensure better public services for New Zealanders by developing resilient, responsive and adaptable leaders in the public sector.

The award winner receives a funding of $15,000 towards study for a recognised and reputable higher qualification, in order to assist with their development towards a senior management position in the Public Service.

Applicants must be employed in a Public Service department (as listed in the First Schedule of the State Sector Act 1988), show potential to move into senior management, be a citizen of New Zealand, and have the support of their Manager, as evidenced by a letter of recommendation.

The New Horizons for Women Trust: Hine Kahukura particularly encourages applications from Māori and Pacific women, women with disabilities, and those pursuing second-chance education.

The award was named after Ria McBride, the first woman appointed Chief Clerk of the Public Service Commission (which preceded the current State Services Commission). She became the first non-Māori to be appointed to the Māori Welfare Division of the Māori Affairs Department, serving as Administration Officer before becoming head of the Housing Division.

Upon her 'retirement' in 1970, Ria McBride pursued equal employment opportunities for women as a founding member of the National Advisory Council on the Employment of Women, in which capacity she helped set up the Accident Compensation Commission (ACC). She went on to become one of the first full-time human rights commissioners from 1978 to 1980

Application for this award is made on-line via the New Horizons for Women Trust: Hine Kahukura website. Applications open each year on 1 March for approximately 6 weeks.

For more information about the award visit  http://www.newhorizonsforwomen.org.nz/award-applications/ and look under Awards, and Specific Purpose Awards.

Criteria:

Applicants must:

  • be employed in a Public Service department (as listed in the First Schedule of the State Sector Act 1988),
  • show potential to move into senior management,
  • be a citizen of New Zealand, and
  • have the support of their Manager and organisation, as evidenced by a letter of recommendation.

It is also preferable that applications:

  • demonstrate a good match between the educational activity proposed and the applicant's career goals;
  • honour the memory of Ria McBride.

The New Horizons for Women Trust: Hine Kahukura particularly encourages applications from Māori and Pacific women, women with disabilities, and those pursuing second-chance education.

Past winners of the award:

2018 - Jez Tavita
2017 - Ngarongoa Totoro
2016 - Kesta Dennison
2015 - Stephanie Martin
2014 - Jacqueline Barnes
2013 - Lou Parker
2012 - Joanne Lawrence
2011 - Suzy Roxborogh
2010 - Elizabeth Innes
2009 - Jo Ann Field
2008 - Natasha Mackie
2007 - Lucy Liang
2006 - Rangimei Warren
2005 - ‘Ofa Ketu’u
2004 - Mahina Wehipeihana
2003 - Leanne Gibson
2002 - Iria Pene
2001 - Deirdre Butler
2000 - Sharon Nelson-Kelly (inaugural winner)

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