Te Taunaki

Our te reo Māori name for the Public Service Census is: Te taunaki e anga whakamua ai te Ratonga Tūmatanui (Te Taunaki | the evidence). This means ‘the evidence that moves the Public Service forward’.

Ngā mihi whakawhetai ki Te Taura Whiri i te reo Māori. Our grateful thanks to Te Taura Whiri i te reo Māori | the Māori Language Commission for providing a te reo Māori name that encompasses the spirit of the census.

New Zealand’s first Public Service Census will be held in May 2021.

About 60,000 public servants working in 36 agencies (departments and departmental agencies) will be asked questions focusing on diversity, inclusion and wellbeing at work, a unified Public Service, and strengthening Māori-Crown relationships.

Getting a better understanding of the diversity of public servants, their experiences, views and motivations, will help build a unified Public Service that truly represents the people we serve, where public servants feel supported to be themselves at work.

It will also identify factors enabling public servants to work to their full potential for New Zealand and New Zealanders.

The Public Service Act 2020 introduces new requirements to promote diversity and inclusiveness and develop Māori engagement capability in Public Service agencies. Information gathered in the census will help monitor how well these requirements are being embedded.

Te Taunaki provides a safe, independent channel for this to happen. Participation is voluntary, census responses will remain anonymous and individuals will not be identifiable from the data.

The census is being conducted by an independent research provider, Research NZ, on behalf of Te Kawa Mataaho Public Service Commission. It will be delivered online, with paper and telephone versions available for people unable to complete the online questionnaire.

High-level census information will be available in late 2021.

If you have any census questions please email us: census@publicservice.govt.nz

Privacy

Maintaining each individual’s privacy is paramount. Census responses will remain anonymous.

Read more about information on how we will protect people’s privacy.

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