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Honouring our best in the Public Service

Six members of the New Zealand public sector have been honoured with Public Service medals for their meritorious work in the frontline of service to the community.

Minister for State Services, Chris Hipkins said it was the second year that the Government had recognised Public Servants who have made a real difference to the lives of New Zealanders.

“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,” Mr Hipkins said.

“Yet until last year, there was no medal that exclusively recognises the work, achievements, and contribution of core Public Servants like probation officers and case managers at the Ministry of Social Development.”

He said medal recipients were people who had demonstrated outstanding commitment; were a model for other Public Service employees; brought significant benefit to New Zealand or the Public Service, or were simply exceptional in their work and worthy of recognition.

This year’s Medal recipients are:

Kaye MacDonald (pictured), Regional Manager, Upper South Island at the Ministry of Children, ‘whose passion, strategic thinking, integrity and compassion has brought a ground-breaking approach to Oranga Tamariki working in genuine partnership with iwi’.

John Henderson, Regional Commissioner for Social Development, Ministry of Social Development, ‘a staunch advocate for helping people into work, ending family violence and supporting young people to achieve their aspirations’.

Maree Hayes, Court Services Manager – Criminal, Ministry of Justice,making sure justice is accessible and everyone is treated with dignity and respect’.

Craig Trotter, Principal Adviser, Ministry for Primary Industries, ‘a significant contribution to solving the difficult challenges associated with meeting New Zealand’s obligations to reduce net greenhouse gas emissions’.

Diane Fenika, Director, Regional Partnerships Southern Ministry for Pacific Peoples ‘outstanding engagement skills, sharpened in her 19 years of proud service in the public sector’.

Mabel Flight, Residential Manager, Tongariro Prison, Department of Corrections ‘works with compassion and dedication, delivering kaupapa Māori values’.

State Services Commissioner’s Commendations for Frontline Excellence are:

Luke Stenner, Adviser, Te Pae Māpuna, Ministry for Culture and Heritage; Brittnee O’Brien, National Limited Service Volunteer Coordinator, Ministry of Social Development; Maxwell Broadfoot, Custom Service Liaison Officer, New Zealand Customs Service; Robert Anderson, Principal Adviser, Governance and Commercial, Ministry of Transport; Rochelle Bouterey, Customer Compliance Specialist, Inland Revenue; Tiana Timoteo and Jacqui Karena, Case Managers, Ministry of Social Development; Georgina Delamere and Penni Gray, Probation Officers, Department of Corrections, and Firoza Shaikh, Assistant Service Centre Manager, Ministry of Social Development.

The full list of recipients with details of their achievements can be accessed at this PS News link.