NZ sets up hub for public servants in the Pacific

By Shannon Jenkins

Tuesday January 28, 2020

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The New Zealand government will create a hub to support and collaborate with public servants from the Pacific region.

The Pacific Public Service Fale will strengthen public services and stability across the region, according to NZ Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters.

“Pacific countries want strong public sectors to deliver the services that are critical to the wellbeing of their people, and this Pacific Public Service Fale will assist in providing exactly that to all Pacific Islands Forum Members and Tokelau,” he said.

The hub will be based in the State Services Commission (SSC) in Wellington. It will offer technical assistance, advisory support, training, and knowledge exchange opportunities to public servants from the Pacific.

The initiative will improve transparency, accountability, gender equality, human rights, and governance, Peters noted, which are all priorities of NZ’s Pacific Reset policy.

“Under the Pacific Reset, New Zealand is generating creative solutions to challenges and working in partnership in the region to advance these,” he said.

The building was designed in consultation with Pacific Public Service Commissions, and was endorsed at the Pacific Public Service Commissioners Conference in NZ last year.

The NZ government is currently looking for a deputy commissioner to help lead the hub, with applications closing on February 12.

The deputy commissioner will support public servants from across the region by sharing best practice and capability building, developing strong networks, and building shared solutions.

“Leading a small team, and working closely with a Governing Board and key stakeholders across the Pacific and across many New Zealand public sector agencies, this role will build long lasting relationships to respectfully support Pacific Public Service Commissioners by understanding their specific needs; their cultural and historical context; facilitating the sharing of information, policies, and practices; and working under the leadership of Pacific Public Service Commissioners to achieve results,” the advertisement stated.

“We are looking for a leader who has a heart for the Pacific; deep respect for and an understanding of the many Pacific nations; who can develop and model partnering approaches to support mutual learning between Pacific nations; and ensure solutions are embedded in a deep appreciation of Pacific culture and practice.”

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