Public Sector Articles

Public Service Act a Milestone

13 August 2020

Our Parliament has exhibited an admirable tone from the top during the COVID-19 crisis. A strong Parliamentary code of conduct goes a long way to ensuring they do as well during the next crisis

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Open procurement update

6 July 2020

Laurence Millar

The level of compliance of government agencies with the mandatory procurement rules needs significant improvement. All government agencies need to improve the quality of the information that they monitor and publish about contract award notices.

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Mike Bush Police Commissioner

Culture builder – a bouquet for Police Commissioner Mike Bush

16 March 2020

Julie Haggie

As Police Commissioner Mike Bush ends his six-year appointment, he deserves considerable praise for his skilled and ethical stewardship as a public service leader.

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Public Service Legislation Bill submission by TINZ

12 February 2020


We regard as paramount that the Bill should maintain and protect New Zealand’s long tradition of a politically neutral, incorruptible public service that belongs to the public and serves the public interest. The public sector’s high standards of integrity are reflected by New Zealand’s continued high standing on the Corruption Perceptions Index.

In this submission we comment and make suggestions about four substantive matters.

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Public Service Bill introduced to Parliament

12 December 2019

In mid November State Services Minister Chris Hipkins introduced the Public Service Bill marking the beginning of a legislative process to replace the State Sector Act 1988. 

The deadline for submissions is Friday 31 January 2020. 

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Ethical leadership discussed at Leaders Integrity Forum

8 August 2019

Anne Gilbert

Culture and Conduct: Creating a culture of integrity and code of ethics, was the theme of the June 2019 Public Sector Leaders Integrity Forum. This was chaired by Debbie Francis who recently completed an independent external review of the workplace conduct of Parliament. She noted in her introduction that changing an established organisational culture is more powerful than strategy and more difficult to change.

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‘Think Broad’ public service sector changes ahead

5 July 2019

State Services Minister Chris Hipkins announced broad changes to boost public sector performance and responsiveness. At a 26 June event he released planned reforms to the State Sector Act 1988.

Minister Hipkins emphasized the need for government to put wellbeing at the forefront of public service delivery.  He noted that major goals such as child wellbeing can’t be addressed by one Agency or Department or separate agencies working independently.

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Standing with the Muslim Community

16 March 2019

Transparency International New Zealand stands beside the Muslim communities of New Zealand, and we uphold the values of kindness, tolerance and aroha.

We extend our condolences and prayers to New Zealand’s Muslim communities and particularly the families affected by the horror in Christchurch.

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Public sector leaders discuss CPI issues

26 February 2019

Anne Gilbert

The Leaders Integrity Forum held on 14 February was focused on the 2018 Corruption Perceptions Index (TI-CPI).  The forum explored what this index tells us about the challenges and risks to democracy in our rapidly changing world and how public sector leaders can make a difference.

TINZ Chief Executive, Julie Haggie, provided an overview of New Zealand’s number-two standing within the Corruption Perceptions Index 2018. 

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