He Ārahitanga Pōtitanga Whānui 2023General Election Guidance 2023
Te mahi i ngā whakahaere kāwanatangaPublic servants at work
Mō te kaimahi tari kāwanatanga i waho atu i ngā hāora mahiPublic servants outside work
Ngā kawenga o ngā tari o te kāwanatangaResponsibilities of public sector agencies
Te pānuitanga, te whakaaturanga me te pāpāhoPublic sector advertising, publicity and the media
Ngā kaimahi tari kāwanatanga me te Pōti NuiThe public sector and the general election
Ngā tukanga ā-kāwanatanga mō te pōtitangaGovernment processes before, during and after an election
Ngā Horopaki Appendix A: Case Studies
This guidance covers what it means to work in the public sector before, during, and after an election. There is information about how agencies can prepare for the election period, and where to get help on election-related issues.
It looks at how the phases affect government business and processes. In particular, significant appointments, government advertising, policy advice and access by political parties to information from the sector during government formation negotiations.
There are practical tips and tools that are accessible and available for all public servants. The starting point is that, as individuals, public servants have the same rights to freedom of speech and to political activity as all New Zealanders.
Public servants have a crucial role to play in elections, and it is important to understand what is expected during the smooth transition between one government and the next.
Note: On 15 March 2023 the ‘who this guidance is for’ section was amended to improve clarity.
General election 2023 related information and resources
We are in the process of developing accessible formats of the election guidance. These will be available soon.
Case studies and scenarios
Scenario 1: Public sector agency advertising a future vision for New Zealand
Scenario 2: Advertising by a public sector agency of new products and services
Scenario 3: Public sector agency receives an information request from its Minister
Scenario 4: Staff commenting in the media on the current government's performance
Scenario 5: Public servants appearing in publicity material that involves politicians
Scenario 6: Social media campaign to publicise community services
Scenario 7: Correction of misinformation
Scenario 8: Publicity of future services and benefits
Scenario 9: Consultation on proposed government policy that is politically controversial