Ngā mātāpono me ngā uara Principles and values
The Public Service Act 2020 sets out the principles and values for all public servants to follow, ensuring a unified Public Service that acts as a single team, with a spirit of service to the community.
Public Service values
The Public Service values detail how New Zealand expects public servants to behave to maintain Public Service integrity.
In serving the government of the day public servants must be politically neutral.
Free and frank advice
Public servants provide advice to ministers without fear or favour, to the best of their professional judgement.
Appointing the most suitable candidate for the role.
Preserving and releasing information, and ensuring transparency, participation and accountability.
Acting as stewards or caretakers for a resource that belongs to or exists for the benefit of others.
Ngā mātāpono o Te Ratonga Tūmatanui Public Service principles
The 5 Public Service principles explain how the Public Service should operate to deliver better services and outcomes for New Zealanders. They are fundamental features, and help to preserve public trust and confidence in the Public Service.
The 5 principles are:
- politically neutral
- free and frank advice
- merit-based appointments
- open government
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