One-year ANZSOG secondment for senior NZ public servant

By Melissa Coade

March 16, 2022

Te Arawhiti leader Lil Anderson is to join ANZSOG. (steheap/Adobe)

Te Arawhiti (Office for Māori Crown Relations) leader Lil Anderson will join the Australia and New Zealand School of Government (ANZSOG) as a Leadership and Teaching Fellow for the next 12 months.

Anderson is CEO of New Zealand’s Office for Māori Crown Relations and has led the agency since it was first established in 2019. She has more than 25 years’ public sector experience and has had leadership roles in the NZ Office of Treaty Settlements, Te Puni Kokiri and the Ministry of Justice.

Commenting on her secondment, Anderson said she was looking forward to advancing its work with public servants across Aotearoa and Australia to understand and work for better outcomes with indigenous communities.

“I am excited to be able to work to strengthen our ties together and with our Pasifika and Indo-Pacific nations, which will only bring benefits to us all,” she said.

During Anderson’s ANZSOG fellowship, which starts in April, she will continue to work on specific Crown-Māori relationship issues with the NZ government. 

Anderson’s work at ANZSOG will focus on the review and development of the school’s education offerings and consider their relevance to a First Nations audience. She will also be part of the team to build a leadership program for Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and Māori and Pasifika people in the Indo-Pacific region.

Ken Smith, the dean and CEO of ANZSOG, said Anderson would allow ANZSOG to expand its offerings in the region. Her appointment reinforced the school’s engagement with Aotearoa following last year’s appointment of our Aotearoa New Zealand Executive Director Sally Washington, he added. 

“Ms Anderson has huge experience in leadership, vision and strategy and will contribute to our ongoing work in building networks with Indigenous Affairs agencies, Public Service Commissions and Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and Māori public sector leaders,” Smith said. 

“This is a great opportunity for ANZSOG to benefit from having a senior public service CEO on secondment with a particular background in working with Māori and other communities across both countries and the Pacific region.”

For six months in 2020, Anderson was redeployed to the Kiwi COVID-19 All-of-government Operational Command Centre to lead a cross-government program aimed at supporting the most vulnerable groups within the community across Aotearoa New Zealand.

She has been active in a number of ANZSOG programs, including the Executive Fellows Program, the Executive Master of Public Administration, Future public sector leaders series and as a presenter at ANZSOG’s 2019 and 2021 First Peoples Conferences.

In a statement, ANZSOG said it would continue to build close links with senior Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and Māori public servants and work with all member governments, to effectively work with First Peoples communities across Australia and New Zealand. In recent times, the school has held three major conferences for Indigenous and non-Indigenous public servants, the communities they serve and their partners, particularly in the non-government sector.


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