Across the globe we are facing extraordinary times and the months ahead will be particularly challenging for all of us here in Aotearoa/New Zealand.
COVID-19 is uncharted territory and our context is changing by the day.
That creates uncertainty - for State servants, just as it does for all New Zealanders.
As State servants, we have a particular responsibility during times like this.
We’re here to keep the public services that New Zealanders rely on going.
That’s our mission – no one else can do that.
Working with others across the country, we’ve also got a critical role to play in ensuring the Government’s plan to keep New Zealanders as safe as possible is put into action.
That means looking after ourselves and each other so we can stay on mission.
We’re the engine the Government is relying on, working with all New Zealand businesses and communities, to respond to the greatest health and economic challenge we’ve faced for a long time.
Time and time again, I’ve seen just how much you can all do when a big challenge comes your way.
New Zealanders are relying on us to pull out all the stops right now and do that again.
I know you will rise to this challenge. Many of you already are.
Many of us will be working from home from now on. That requires us to think and operate a bit differently.
When we are physically distant, it’s really important to stay connected and check in on each other.
If you need to be at work, make sure to follow health and physical distancing advice.
You’ll find information on this and other COVID-19 related matters here: https://covid19.govt.nz/
Be kind, look after each other and now, more than ever, harness the spirit of service that you all bring to your work as State servants so we can support New Zealanders to get through this and start rebuilding.