3 July 2013

Parliament tonight was debating amendments to the State Sector Act and the Public Finance Act to enable improvements in the delivery of more effective State Services at the same time as several hundred State servants gathered at the TSB Centre in Wellington to celebrate excellence across the public sector.

New Zealand Institute of Public Administration (IPANZ )recognised the best agency endeavours with Excellence Awards.  Forty one agencies were involved in a range of outcome focused activities which demonstrate their commitment to implementing effective and customer focused services.

The Prime Minister’s Award,  the premier award, was given to the Ministry of Social Welfare for its “It’s OK to help”  programme.  This seeks to extend the “OK” brand, to build on the “It’s not OK” anti-violence campaign which IPANZ  recognised with an award several years ago. Trish Green and her team at MSD have entrenched the message that support and encouragement can  be effective in reducing family violence.

The awards were:

  • Justice Sector Award for Integrity and Trust – MBIE with balancing “Ease of Doing Business” and Integrity
  • State Services Commission and LDC Award for Improving Performance through Leadership Excellence –   LINZ
  • Sweeney Vesty award for Public Sector Communications – MSD ( Its OK to help)
  • State Services Commission Award for Working Together in the Public Services -Ministry of Justice, NZ Police and the Department of Corrections
  • Treasury Award for Improving Public Value through Business Transformation – MBIE and Ministry of Justice
  • Te Puni Kokiri Award for Crown – Maori relationships – Bay of Plenty DHB
  • Microsoft Award for Networked Government – NZTA
  • VUW School of Government New Professional of the Year – Jeremy Palmer

Hon Stephen Joyce and Hon Judith Collins presented awards.  Both made very heartening and appreciative comments about the commitment and effectiveness of agency staff.  Meanwhile, at Parliament, the Committee of the Whole continued its consideration of the State Sector and Public Finance Reform Bill.