Te Kawa Mataaho Public Service Commission has finished our first long-term insights briefing on the trends, risks and opportunities facing our Public Service. The briefing is available here.

You can find information about what long-term insights briefings are here.

The topic of the briefing

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

The Commissioner took feedback from consultation into consideration and selected 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 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.

We also benefitted from the insights of a workshop held by the Public Service Futures network – an employee-led network of young public servants. We have published the summary of their workshop with permission.

The draft briefing

We completed consultation on our draft long-term insights briefing: Public Participation in Government in the Future - Draft for Consultation on 3 June 2022.

Submissions are published in full (with permission) alongside a summary of broader comments and an outline of how the comments were addressed. We received comments via email, with no submissions made through the online survey option.

The final briefing

The final briefing has been provided to the Minister for the Public Service, Hon Chris Hipkins, who presented it to Parliament. The final briefing is also published here on our website.

What happens next?

As well as being presented to Parliament, all the long-term insights briefings will be examined by Select Committee.

Our second long-term insights briefing is due by 30 June 2025.




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