19 June 2019


It is with great pleasure and pride that I acknowledge the recipients of several prestigious study awards. 

Congratulations to the 2019 Ria McBride Public Service Management Award winner Theresse Ioaba; Westpac New Zealand Spirit of Service Scholarship recipients Arun Jain and Tennille Maxey; and our Leadership Development Centre (LDC) Fellows Denise Hing, Richard Foy, Rose Jamieson, Christine Bennett, and Russell Cooke. 

Education is one of the many keys to shaping strong leaders. These talented public servants have already demonstrated their commitment to learning, leading, and making a difference – and I believe these awards will allow them to bring further experience to the Public Service and make even stronger contributions. 

Ria McBride Public Service Management Award 

Theresse Ioaba is Team Lead, Significant Enterprises, at Inland Revenue. The Award, sponsored by the State Services Commission, is aimed at women who have generally not had the opportunity to pursue tertiary study, yet demonstrate personal fortitude and leadership potential.  

Westpac New Zealand Spirit of Service Scholarships

Arun Jain, of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and Tennille Maxey, of Statistics New Zealand, are the recipients of the inaugural Westpac New Zealand Spirit of Service Scholarship. The scholarships support early-in-career New Zealand public servants to attend Oxford University’s Blavatnik School of Government to undertake a Master of Public Policy.

Leadership Development Centre Fellowships 

The LDC Fellowships are annual research or study awards of up to $45,000 for senior leaders. This year’s Fellows include two joint-awards. It’s great to see these collaborations and cross-agency partnerships as we move towards a more unified Public Service. The subjects and Fellows are:

Enabling Asian leaders to flourish in the NZ Public Service 

Denise Hing, Group Manager, Strategic Business Development, NZ Customs Service 

Richard Foy, Chief Archivist, Department of Internal Affairs

Dynamic public sector leadership in an age of complexity and rapid change 

Rose Jamieson, Acting Deputy Secretary, Parent information and Community Intelligence, Ministry of Education 

Solving complex problems – how the public sector can do this better 

Christine Bennett, General Manager, Government Information Services, Department of Internal Affairs

Russell Cooke, Government Chief Privacy Officer, Department of Internal Affairs.  

I wish all the winners well. It’s really exciting to see talent grown in the Public Service through these awards.