This guidance identifies common principles and obligations that will assist those working in the Public Service to understand their obligations and responsibilities during the lead-up to, and in the period immediately after a general election. The guidance is written in relation to the 2020 General Election, however the principles and obligations set out, particularly with political neutrality continue to be applicable, along with the Code of Conduct, outside of the election period.

He ārahitanga pōtitanga whānui | General election guidance

Ngā kōnae e hāngai ana | Related files

Cabinet Manual – the authoritative guide to central government decision making for ministers, their offices, and those working within government.

Please note: The general election guidance was issued before the Public Service Act 2020 came into effect. As a result, it contains some language that reflects the previous State Services Act 1988. However, all guidance provided in the document remains applicable.