19 July 2011

IPANZ, the Institute of Public Administration New Zealand has its 75th annual general meeting today ( 5.30pm at the TPK Naumai meeting room Lambton Quay Wellington.)  IPANZ for four generations has provided a point of reference for public servants.  It has championed professionalism which is explicit in New Zealand’s Public Service – or where that is not the case, IPANZ has supported and advocated standards that would establish the expected professionalism.  IPANZ membership comprises enthusiasts of good government, most being either serving or former officials, committed to reinforcing the recognition New Zealand has for sound public administration and enthusiastic about  promoting further expertise across the sector.

Imbued with a spirit of service to the community, the IPANZ membership shares an enthusiasm for promoting debate on emerging and controversial issues and encouraging the inter-generational transfer of knowledge. The Institute encourages the exposure of career minded entrants to government with its New Professionals programme,  coordinates a series of  opportunities to debate public management matters, and publishes “Public Sector” which for much of the institute’s existence,  has been a resource for both practitioners and academics who have a concern for government administration.

The annual Public Sector Excellence Awards are a vehicle used by IPANZ to raise awareness of innovation across government and to ensure a profile is given to the dedication shown by large numbers of officials in the face of opportunist criticisms by the media, politicians and other parts of the community.

Peter Hughes, retiring chief executive of the Ministry of Social Development will speak to the meeting on Public Sector Reform.