Te Kawa Mataaho Public Service Commission is preparing a Long-term Insights Briefing on the trends, risks and opportunities facing our Public Service.

You can find information about what Long-term Insights Briefings are here.

Which topic will the Briefing cover?

Last year, we asked you what the focus of our Briefing should be. Consultation on the subject matter opened on 20 August 2021 and closed on 20 September 2021.   

We received submissions through our online survey, and via email, which have been published anonymously. Some substantial submissions received via email are published alongside their authors’ names with permission. We have also compiled a summary of these submissions. During the consultation period, we had discussions with four experts in public management and futures thinking and have compiled our notes from these conversations.

The Commissioner has taken feedback from consultation into consideration and made a decision to select the following topic for this Briefing:

How can we better support public participation in government in the future?


In addition to the legislated public consultations, we held two online public workshops on 10 March to get input into the development of the Briefing.

The workshops were focused on what public participation in government could look like in the future and the barriers and enablers for us getting there. We have completed a summary document of the workshop notes here.

Contributions from the workshops have helped us:

  • gain impartial information on the public’s experiences of engagement with government,
  • explore future elements to public participation from the source (instead of relying solely on research), and
  • confirm or refute information gathered from our research.

Consultation on our draft Briefing

Consultation is now open on our draft Long-term Insights Briefing: Public Participation in Government in the Future - Draft for Consultation

It would be great to hear your thoughts. We’re open for feedback until Friday 3 June.

Once you’ve had a look at the draft Briefing, you can fill out this online survey to answer some specific questions or to make more general comments.

You can also email us your thoughts at longterminsights@publicservice.govt.nz

What happens next?

After the consultation closes on Friday 3 June, we will review the feedback and use it to inform the final Briefing due on 30 June 2022. We will also publish anonymously the feedback we receive on this website.

Privacy Statement:
We will collect your name and email address so that we can send you updates on the outcome of this consultation. Please let us know if you do not want us to do this.

We'll keep your information safe by storing it in encrypted files and only allowing certain staff to access it.

You have the right to ask for a copy of any personal information we hold about you, and to ask for it to be corrected if you think it is wrong. If you’d like to ask for a copy of your information, or to have it corrected, please contact us at commission@publicservice.govt.nz, or +64 4 4956600, or PO Box 329 Wellington 6140.

All personal information will be removed from your submission before it is published on our website once the consultation has closed. We do this in the interests of transparency and to inform public discussion on this topic. 


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