Te Tohu Manawaroa a Te Kawa Mataaho - Public Service Commissioner's Commendation for Service recognises public servants who have served 30, 40, and 50 years in the Public Service. These individuals have committed their careers to serving New Zealanders.

The recognition was launched on 10 December 2019.

Ngā tapatanga | Nominations

Nominations for Te Tohu Manawaroa – Commendation for Service can be made at any time. There are two nomination rounds each year, and certificates are printed and distributed to agencies within one month of closing.

Closing dates for 2020 are 1 June and 1 October. 

Nominations can be provided in advance so that a certificate is ready to present on an upcoming anniversary.

Here is the nomination form (198 KB | PDF) and guidelines for Te Tohu Manawaroa a Te Kawa Mataaho - Public Service Commissioner’s Commendation for Service.

Ngā Aratohu | Guidelines 

Public Service Commissioner Commendation for Service guidelines (178 KB | PDF)

Who can make a nomination?

Only public service and Crown agent chief executives can nominate public servants for Te Tohu Manawaroa a Te Kawa Mataaho – Public Service Commissioner’s Commendation for Service. Te Tohu Manawaroa – Commendation for Service will be awarded to employees who have worked in the public service for a total 30, 40, and 50 years.

Nominations are open to public servants (employees and chief executives of the public service agencies listed in Schedule 2 of the Public Service Act 2020, and the Crown agents listed in Part 1 of Schedule 1 of the Crown Entities Act 2004).

Eligibility criteria

  • Te Tohu Manawaroa – Commendation for Service will be awarded to employees and chief executives of public service agencies and Crown agents at 30, 40, and 50 years’ service (service can be continuous or broken, with one or more agencies)  
  • At the time of nomination, the nominee must be employed by a public service agency or Crown agent 
  • An employee has no integrity or employment relations issues that the agency is aware of that could bring the public service into disrepute 
  • Nominations must be endorsed by the employee’s current chief executive. Self-nominations will not be accepted 
  • Nominees must have reached 30, 40, or 50 years’ service on or after 10 December 2019 
  • Retrospective Commendations for Service will only be given in special circumstances. For example, if an employee has completed 32 years’ service, and is about to retire, at the chief executive’s request, we will issue a Te Tohu Manawaroa – Commendation for Service for 30 years’ service 
  • Posthumous nominations will not be accepted. 

Nomination process

  • Nominations can be submitted at any time by email to awards@publicservice.govt.nz 
  • Certificates will be printed and distributed twice a year. Cut-off dates will be published on Te Kawa Mataaho website. Please plan ahead if you are arranging for certificates to be presented at or close to anniversary dates  
  • Te Kawa Mataaho will confirm receipt of nominations  
  • Please let us know at awards@publicservice.govt.nz  if there are any changes to the information supplied. 

Delivery and presentation

  • We will deliver a printed certificate, signed by the Public Service Commissioner, to your Head Office 
  • Agencies are responsible for framing and presenting the certificate.   


If you have any questions, please contact the awards team at awards@publicservice.govt.nz

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