Written on 26 July 2018 by Peter Hughes

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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 2018 Ria McBride Public Service Management Award for women recognise outstanding achievement by public sector organisations, project teams and individuals.

Public servants help make the country work. Without them there would be no public transport, no public schools and hospitals, no police officers, no welfare safety net and no rangers protecting our environment.

Our public servants do a great job. They are selfless and go about their work quietly without expecting any thanks.

So it’s fitting we reward those who go the extra mile. I really believe in the power of awards, recognition, and acknowledgement.

Congratulations to all last night’s winners:

  • Ria McBride Award – Jez Tavita (an award to help women advance to higher levels of responsibility in the Public Service.)
  • Prime Minister’s Award for public sector excellence - MOE, MSD, IR, TEC - delivering fees-free education for 2018
  • Building Trust and Confidence in Government - GSCB - project CORTEX
  • Crown-Māori Relationships - NZTA - Waikato Expressway Rangiriri Section
  • Improving Public Value through Business Transformation - Electoral Commission - taking it to the people - transforming the general election
  • Digital Government - MBIE - establishment of CERT NZ
  • Achieving Collective Impact - MOE, MSD, IR, TEC - Delivering fees-free tertiary education for 2018
  • Public Sector Engagement - Gisborne District Council - WTF Tairawhiti Long Term Plan Early Engagement Campaign
  • Excellence in Regulatory Systems - MOJ, DIA, Customs, Reserve Bank, IR, and Financial Markets Authority - Anti-money laundering and countering financing terrorism
  • Improving Diversity and Inclusiveness within the Public Sector - NZ Police - transforming NZ Police recruitment to drive diversity.
  • Young Professional of the Year Award – Dr Eleri Clissold - Waitemata DHB.

All of the winners chose to do what they do because they want to make a difference. All of them are inspiring. And they make me proud to be a public servant.

IPANZ created the Public Sector Excellence Awards and have done an outstanding job leading them over the last 20 years. From 2019, the awards will transition to the State Services Commission. We will build on the excellent work IPANZ has led.

 As State Services Commissioner, acknowledging the hard work and exceptional service of public servants is a priority of mine and I will have more to say on this in the coming weeks.


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