Written on 1 September 2020 by Peter Hughes

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I am very pleased to announce that Crown agent board chairs and chief executives can now nominate exceptional employees who exemplify spirit of service for Te Tohu Ratonga Tūmatanui | New Zealand Public Service Medal.

The Public Service Medal, part of the New Zealand Royal Honours system, is awarded annually to public servants for meritorious service and are people who:

  • demonstrate an outstanding commitment to New Zealand and New Zealanders
  • are exemplary, or a model for other public service employees
  • bring significant benefit to New Zealand or the public service
  • are exceptional and otherwise worthy of recognition.

I’ve always believed in the power of awards and recognition. Public servants work hard for New Zealanders. They come to work wanting to do the best job they can for their communities.

Crown agents are public organisations run by public servants using taxpayers' money to deliver public services to New Zealanders every day. Making public servants who work for Crown agents eligible for the Public Service Medal is the right thing to do.

The New Zealand Public Service Medal recognises public servants who demonstrate exceptional commitment to their work, the highest standard of integrity, and a spirit of service to New Zealanders.

It is a medal for those public servants who make a real difference and inspire the rest of us.

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