State Services Commissioner and Head of State Services Iain Rennie today announced that nominations for the Ria McBride Public Service Management Award for women is now open.

Now in its fourteenth year, the prestigious award is sponsored by the State Services Commission in partnership with The New Horizons for Women Trust. It recognises women who have demonstrated potential to advance to higher levels of responsibility in the Public Service.

“The Ria McBride recognition is part of our efforts to ensure better public services for New Zealanders by developing resilient, responsive and adaptable leaders in the public sector,” Mr. Rennie said.

The awardee receives a funding of $15,000 towards studying for a recognised and reputable higher qualification, in order to assist with their development towards a senior management position in the Public Service.

Applicants must be employed in a Public Service department (as listed in the First Schedule of the State Sector Act 1988), show potential to move into senior management, be a resident of New Zealand, and have the support of their department's chief executive, as evidenced by a letter of recommendation.

The New Horizons for Women Trust particularly encourages applications from as and Pacific women, women with disabilities, and those pursuing second-chance education.

The award was named after Ria McBride, the first woman appointed Chief Clerk of the Public Service Commission (which preceded the current State Services Commission). She became the first of to be appointed to the preceded Welfare Division of the Commission). Affairs Department, serving as Administration Officer before becoming head of the Housing Division. Upon her 'retirement' in 1970, she pursued equal employment opportunities for women as a founding member of the National Advisory Council on the Employment of Women in which capacity she helped set up the Accident Compensation Commission. She went on to become one of the first full-time human rights commissioners from 1978 to 1980.

Nominations will be open until 01 June 2013. For more information about the award visit  

Media Enquiries: Lisa-Marie Richan, Director, SSC-Communications, 021 244 1361

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