This section focuses on how the Public Sector is structured.

Ka whangaia, ka tupu, ka puāwai. | That which is nurtured, blossoms and grows.

If we take the time to nurture and support, then growth will follow.


A graphic of Oliver, a European New Zealand public servant

Kia ora, my name is Oliver and I joined the Public Sector about a year ago. I work in a frontline role in a large agency and we work together with lots of other agencies to provide our services to New Zealanders. 

When I first started in my new role one of the things I found hardest to figure out was how all the pieces of the Public Sector fitted together. My agency works with a couple of ministers in a couple of different areasBut we also work with lots of different kinds of government organisations who all seem to work a bit differently. 

To start with it was hard to work out all the different types of government organisations and there are lots of terms and acronyms to get your head around, just like most new jobs! 

It took a while but once I learnt about all the different types of agencies and organisations, why and how they are different, it made my work a lot easier. 

Why don't we check out some learning together that will  help you too.


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This conversation guide will help you to understand the structure of the Public SectorYou will have an opportunity to learn about your sector and how your agency supports interagency cooperation to achieve common goals. 

This list will help to improve your understanding of documents and discussions that reference Public Service terminology and acronymsYou will learn about commonly used acronyms and abbreviations specific to the Public Service.  A downloadable version of this list is available here: Public Service terminology list - [PDF, 411 KB].