The Commission sponsors a special recognition award - the State Services Commission Public Sector Award – as part of the HRINZ (Human Resources Institute of NZ) national award programme.

Research from the Corporate Leadership Council shows that the Human Resources function is most effective when it contributes at a strategic level to the organisation. For human resource professionals this means crafting and implementing enterprise-wide strategies to address chronic challenges.

This award is designed to recognise strategic programmes that contribute and address issues that contribute to improving organisational effectiveness. Public sector agencies (agencies of central and local government), or individuals working within a public sector agency, are invited to nominate an initiative they believe meets the criteria.


The State Services Commission Public Sector Award recognises an organisational development project or programme that:

  • demonstrates a strong contribution to a high performing, trusted and accessible State sector, delivering the right services in the right way at the right prices

  • has lead or is leading to sustained improvements in performance and productivity,

  • is an exemplar of innovation in organisational development for the public sector.


The application process is coordinated through the Human Resource Institute of New Zealand (HRINZ). The applications are normally accepted from 1 August to 1 September for the year in which they are being applied for.

Past winners of the award include:

2011: Ministry of Social Development for its Chief for a Day Programme

2009/2010: NZ Customs Service for its Leadership Career Path

2008/2009: No award given.

2007/2008: New Zealand Police for its Leadership and Management Development Framework.

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