Te Pae Turuki | Public Service Leaders Group (PSLG) works together across the system to deliver better outcomes and services for New Zealanders.
Tā Te Pae Turuki mahi What Te Pae Turuki | PSLG does
‘Te Pae Turuki’ can be translated as ‘Action Leaders’. Pae refers to orators/leaders or a collective of such people. Turuki is used in the traditional call ‘Turuki! Turuki!’ which encourages a group to move as a collective and combine their strength to accomplish large, demanding tasks.
The te reo Māori name captures the purpose of this group, which is to work together as a team to provide strong, unified leadership across the Public Service. The senior leaders in this group are positioned at the nexus between leading within their agency and leading across the system.
As senior leaders of the system, PSLG works in concert with Te Ohu Tumu Whakarae i te Ratonga Tūmatanui | Public Service Leadership Team (PSLT). Collectively these 2 groups steward the system leading collaboratively across agency boundaries to tackle some of the biggest and most complex issues facing us today, for New Zealanders.
Ko wai mā kei Te Pae Turuki Who is in Te Pae Turuki | PSLG
Formed in 2017, PSLG is comprised of senior public servants in the most complex and influential leadership roles drawn from Public Service departments, departmental agencies, New Zealand Police, New Zealand Defence Force and some large Crown agents. Members hold a special role leading across the Public Service and their chief executives support their development and career progression.
PSLG brings together senior leaders with experience across a range of sectors, roles, service delivery and operational environments, communities and customers. This broad and deep capability is part of our collective skills and strengths, enabling us to deliver better outcomes and services for New Zealanders.
Members of PSLG are nominated by chief executives according to role-based criteria set by Te Kawa Mataaho the Public Service Commission. Members are drawn from agencies where the chief executive is part of PSLT. Any departmental agency or functional chief executives that sits outside of PSLT are also members of PSLG.
Nomination requires one or more of the following criteria to be met:
- being a member of an executive team
- running a Public Service business for Aotearoa New Zealand or a significant region
- heading a corporate function in a medium or large agency
- creating high strategic impact, working across larger agencies and in concert with other agencies.
As at October 2022 there are 1,175 leaders in PSLG (2% of the Public Service).
Te tautoko i Te Pae Turuki Support for Te Pae Turuki | PSLG members
PSLG members have access to a range of tools, resources and opportunities, that support them to understand the strategic context and to continue to grow, including:
Annual, full-day event bringing together all PSLG members in person, focused on system priorities, enabling leadership and system collaboration. In 2022 we brought together over 650 senior leaders, secretaries, and chief executives to discuss system priorities and hear from ministers and colleagues, in an online event.
PSLG Online Events
Interactive, online events showcasing priorities, sharing best practice and developing PSLG leaders (90 minutes).
This is a way for PSLT to share context, events, and leadership stories with PSLG.
Leadership opportunities across the system
PSLG members have access to a variety of development opportunities including shadowing, project, governance, acting, secondment, and permanent roles.
If your public service agency has a development opportunity they would like to share with PSLG members, please use the Opportunities Form below to submit this to Te Kawa Mataaho.
Priority access to leadership programmes and support, such as Te Manutaki New Senior System Leader programme delivered by the Leadership Development Centre.