Te mahi i ngā whakahaere kāwanatanga | Working in the State services
State servants are involved in general elections in two ways: at work, by supporting the business of government and a change of government, and in their private life, through participating in the democratic process as active citizens, voters and potential election candidates.
A fundamental right in any democracy is the right to vote. An effective and relevant political system will broadly reflect the society it represents. Our democracy is supported by those State servants who exercise their political rights along with other New Zealanders. This guidance outlines some of the factors to consider in managing personal political interests alongside the State services’ political neutrality obligations.