Public Sector Updates

Te Kawa Mataaho Public Service Commission

Te Kawa Mataaho—Public Service Commission released the briefing paper Te Kahu Tuatini State of the Public Service in December 2022 as required by The Public Service Act 2020.

The Governance and Administration Committee considered the briefing on the State of the Public Service from Te Kawa Mataaho—Public Service Commission, and held a hearing with Public Service Commissioner, Peter Hughes and members of his senior leadership team. They have issued a report summarising key points from the hearing and briefing paper: Public Service Commission, Briefing on state of the public service 2022.


The Social Services and Community Committee has just released its final report on the Charities Amendment Bill.

Active advocacy from a range of civil society groups has resulted in some recommended changes to the Bill. The period in which charities must review their governance procedures has been changed; the definition of ‘officer’ is made clearer; and there is some extension of appeal options.

But problems remain, including ongoing restrictions on appeal rights against decisions of the Charities Registration Board. Public submissions on the Charities Amendment Bill overwhelmingly called for the bill to be withdrawn, and for a first principles approach to matters such as the definition of charitable purpose, problem definition, appeal rights and the practical outcome of the Act to support the vital work done by charities in New Zealand.

The Bill is on the Order paper to move through to legislation during the current Parliament sitting session.  

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