Written on 5 April 2017 by Peter Hughes

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First and foremost a big thank you to those of you who took the time to make a comment after my first blog last week.  What strikes me about your feedback is the feeling of pride that comes through.  It has been really good to hear from other public servants about the spirit of service, and just what that means to you in your job.

Last week’s blog was published the day after we had a hugely successful Public Service Leaders’ Summit in Wellington, the first time ever that senior leaders from across the state services had come together as a group. 

I’d like to share a few thoughts with you about how the day went.

The 650 people who filled the room at the Summit were the people who are leading our services, driving change and making improvements.  It was great to hear their stories, to hear them talking about what gets them out of bed every day and want to go to work and make a difference.

Some recalled the moment when they realised that they wanted to use their skills and talents to be of service to New Zealanders, rather than do just any job.  It’s no exaggeration to say that those of us at the Summit found these stories inspiring.  There will be heaps of similar stories out there, and I am keen to hear them if you would like to share yours.

The leaders we brought together for the day are critical to improving the public services New Zealanders receive. In my speech I told them that we’ve come a long way in recent years but need to get on and finish the job.  So it’s really important that we engage this group of leaders and get them on board to help lead the changes we need to drive across the system.  

There was a real buzz around the whole day and everyone was excited and engaged. The Chief Executives were also really engaged in the day and helped run all the sessions, which I think was a key reason for making the event a big success.  I’m really proud of how it went.

There have been a few enquiries about my speech, so I’m providing a link below. They’re just notes I’m afraid, but they’ll give you a flavour of what I said. 

Please feel free to let me know what you think.

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