Medals for public servants

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has announced a new medal that “that recognises meritorious service in the Public Service”. It is anticipated that about five will be awarded each year.

The medal will be awarded to public servants who have provided service that has brought significant benefit or prestige to New Zealand or the Public Service, or who go above and beyond what is expected.

“The new medal will also help reaffirm the Public Service’s spirit of service to the community that New Zealand’s public servants bring to their work every day.

“This medal will recognise those public servants who have really made a difference.”

Public servants fill a wide variety of essential roles. It is unquestionable that we have to have a lot of them, but it is questionable how many we need.

How many are there? From 2017 Public Service Workforce Data

  • The number of public servants increased by 1,357 (3%) to 47,252 full-time equivalent employees at the end of June. This is largely due to operation of Mount Eden Prison returning to the Department of Corrections (it was previously run by private provider Serco). The Department of Corrections is now the largest Public Service department
  • The average annual salary in the Public Service in 2017 was $75,416. Average salaries vary greatly among departments, ranging from the lowest at $65,701 (Ministry of Social Development) to the highest average of $134,658 at the State Services Commission.

So they are generally well paid. The median weekly earnings from paid employment to June 2017 was $929 per week, which $49,868 annual earnings.

Note that the public service is a part (16%) of the state sector, which is a part (13%) of the total workforce.

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From the Beehive: New medal for public service

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has today announced a new medal that recognises meritorious service in the Public Service.

The medal will be awarded to public servants who have provided service that has brought significant benefit or prestige to New Zealand or the Public Service, or who go above and beyond what is expected.

“Recognising and celebrating public servants who have been exemplary or a model to others is an important way to promote and acknowledge the work of the public sector,” Jacinda Ardern said

“The new medal will also help reaffirm the Public Service’s spirit of service to the community that New Zealand’s public servants bring to their work every day.

“Public servants rarely get acknowledged for the exceptional work they do that changes New Zealand society and lives for the better.

“This medal will recognise those public servants who have really made a difference.

“Some of the greatest contributions of public servants are not always obvious to the public. Public servants find solutions to New Zealand’s most challenging problems and implement big changes.

“They create new ways for New Zealanders to access services, whether it be cutting wait times to receive social support or designing innovative campaigns that lead to better health and education outcomes.

“This is the calibre of service we can be proud of because it changes peoples’ lives.

“It’s time we acknowledge high-achieving public servants.  New Zealand needs public servants prepared to take risks and find solutions to the big challenges. I hope that this new medal will inspire others to do that,” Jacinda Ardern said.

New Zealand’s current Royal Honours system includes extensive options for the recognition of state servants, particularly those in the Armed Forces and uniformed services, such as Police, and Fire and Emergency NZ. But there is no medal that exclusively recognises the work, achievements, and contribution of core public servants.

The introduction of a new medal is consistent with other jurisdictions, including Australia. It will be instituted by Royal Warrant.

The medal, which will be presented for the first time later in the year by State Services Commissioner Peter Hughes, will be part of the New Zealand Royal Honours system. It is anticipated that around five medals will be awarded each year.

 

 

16 Comments

  1. Trevors_elbow

     /  August 14, 2018

    Arise Sir Gez, Laird of North Wellington, Protector of the Mana gap, Keeper of the State Pukekos, Arbiter of BOL v AW skirmishes, Guardian of the Wall of Abused Shpping Trolleys…. awarded the Medal of the Golden Cardy with Morning Tea at 1030am Cluster for outstanding contributions to Policy Development in avoiding OIA Responses and Answers to the Sports Questions In the Dom-Post Quiz

    Well done Gezza!!!

    • Gezza

       /  August 14, 2018

      😮 Shit, this was a surprise ! ☺️ I’ve got nothing prepared. 😕

      Hang on, I’ve got a speech somewhere else that might do at pinch if I can find it … 🤔

      • Gezza

         /  August 14, 2018

        Found it ! 👍🏼 Ok, here we go … 👌🏽

        Gezza / July 28, 2018
        Thank you thank you I feel so humbled by this award. But it’s not just me this award belongs to. It belongs to everybody who has been part of this. So many people have helped. I don’t who to thank first. Hang on – I’ll make a list.
        … … …
        Gezza / July 28, 2018
        Righto. Here we go:
        My special thanks to
        My mum, my dad, (RIP) my ma, my 2nd dad (RIP, and thanks for ‘like nobody’s business’)
        Pooky, Bluebell, Bluey, Aspen, Sweety, Pickles, Jojo, my purple bird people
        GB, OB, Charlie, Prettygirl, & all the kids, Duchess, & all the duck people, the mandarin duck, gone too soon
        Seamus Shag & all me sparrers & blackbirds & tuis & Bernard the tiwaka & his g/fs
        Ella, Elvis, Tamaiti, Nuthafulla, Granville & all the other eels – my riversharks
        The late, grate, Sir Alan Wilkinson, RSVP – without whose need to obviously be sorted out I might never have even posted here
        Dame Nelly Smickers (RIP)
        Rev Sir Peter George (For services to beige)
        David
        Pink David
        High Flying Duck – although he sometimes misses the point thru sheer determination to do so
        Griff (sometimes, not often, rather not go into that: it’ll get nasty)
        Blazer – makes me realise how happy I am most of the time
        PartisanZ – always makes me proud of who I am & where I came from
        Possum – for being Maori as & proud of it
        Lizzie Marvelly – for reminding me just how great normal hetero women & mums are
        Kitty Catkin for not giving a damn & telling it like it is – for her
        Corky – for not giving a damn & telling Kitty how she is – for him
        PDB – for occasionally saying sensible things
        Andrew Little – for nothing
        Phil Twyford – for surpassing Andrew Little on that score
        Simon Bridges – for making National so far look lost
        Judith Collins – for making Simon Bridges look over his shoulder
        Winston Peters – for proving that in politics bottom lines have more to do with bottoms than lines
        Conspiratoor – for reminding me to be wary of people who get info out of you while never giving any away themselves
        duperez – for often having a good, shiny point & knowing how to bury it for treasure hunters
        MaureenW – for letting me know instinctively when I’m not in the mood
        And look – there have just been so many others, too many to mention, & I can see the stage manager is now making throat cutting & ‘get him off’ gestures
        I love you all
        Mwah mwah mwah
        Thank you thank you thank you
        Hey, stop pushing me – arsehole
        Get out of it – before I hit you with this bloody statue
        Bastard!

        Corky / July 28, 2018
        No mention of God? Great acceptance speech.
        … … …

        (Yells from the wings while being hustled past some woman breastfeeding her baby going up to do a post Cabinet Press Briefing)

        And the creator !

        Ok that’s it. Cheers. See ya’ll later. 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼

        • Gezza

           /  August 14, 2018

          *Get out of it – before I hit you with this bloody medal !

          Sorry about that.

          • Alan Wilkinson

             /  August 14, 2018

            Thanks for the transcript, Sir Gerald. Have you got a video?

    • Gezza

       /  August 14, 2018

      I wonder what public servants will think of this. My bet is that most of them will think it’s naff & that there are enuf awards already which could go to any public servant who achieves something really spectacular for the benefit of the public or a segment of it.

      • Alan Wilkinson

         /  August 14, 2018

        Perhaps an award for the most regulations Gazetted in a calendar year?

        • Gezza

           /  August 14, 2018

          I got publicly awarded a Certificate of Excellence from our Chief Executive once. I’d run a complex world-wide project & done an important job perfectly, & came in Monday expecting to find out what I’d missed & what little fix-ups were necessary. But there wasn’t a single query from any manager anywhere. That was unprecedented & even I was surprised, but I’d hate to put in the unpaid hours, late nights, & weekend work that job took ever again – I was a burned out mess for a while afterwards. It was a new idea of a new CEO. I was embarrassed to receive it & some of my colleagues, who sometimes worked just as hard with more complex jobs (my project was only one of several) were miffed. I’d rather not have got it.

          • Gezza

             /  August 14, 2018

            And it required an amendment (an addition) to an Act, you will no doubt be unhappy to hear, Sir Alan.

            • Alan Wilkinson

               /  August 14, 2018

              Depends. Amendments can add or subtract compliance costs.

  2. Blazer

     /  August 14, 2018

    may as well .
    A putty medal and a ceremony…with a blue,red,or gold ribbon.5 of each in each dept.
    Everyone wins a prize.

    Could bring the price of knighthoods down a tad.

    • Kitty Catkin

       /  August 14, 2018

      ‘All must have prizes.’ (from Alice in Wonderland)

  3. High Flying Duck

     /  August 14, 2018

    Shouldn’t it be participation medals for all? I mean we don’t want to get elitist do we? Lift one person above another?
    Perhaps a hearty commendation to all public servants for “giving it a go” would be in order.
    Medals…nah.

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