A genuine and selfless leader
Hashmatullah Lafraie and supporters holding Young Leader of the Year Award at the Spirit of Service Awards 2020

Hashmatullah Lafraie, Junior Counsel – Specialist Advisor, is a lawyer of the Muslim faith at Ministry of Justice. He was awarded Te Tohu mō te Kaiārahi Rangatahi o te Tau | Young Leader of the Year at the 2020 Te Hāpai Hapori | Spirit of Service Awards. This award celebrates an inspirational young public sector leader who exemplifies a spirit of service.

Hashmat believes that “service is a spirit in itself”.

He was instrumental in providing cultural advice to the Court and the Ministry of Justice in the wake of the Christchurch Mosque attacks on 15 March 2019, exemplifying the highest standards of personal and professional integrity.

System leadership

The greater force and value of the Public Service is seen when it runs as a system, with different agencies working together on common issues and all agencies strongly connected on matters affecting the whole system. This requires a new model of leadership, where leaders share a common vision and work to align their operations and services to deliver better outcomes and services. The Act creates a statutory basis for system leadership within the Public Service and requires the Commissioner to put in place a leadership strategy for the Service.

The role of the Commissioner, and of the Commission, is above all a system leadership role. The Commissioner has a system leadership role by virtue of the role set out in the Act. The Commissioner also ‘leads the leaders’ by ensuring that the various leadership roles across the Public Service are carried out effectively.


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