This section focuses on the history and scope of the Public Sector

Mā te huruhuru ka rere te manu. | Adorn the bird with feathers so it may soar.

Whether you are young or old, there’s always room to grow. Learning a new skill, solving problems, and helping others are just some of the many “feathers” you can wear in order to soar high. The more strengths you have, the higher you’ll fly!


A graphic of Leila, a Muslim Indian public servant wearing a hijab

As-salamu alaykum. I’m Leila and I immigrated to New Zealand a couple of years ago. I worked in the Public Sector in my home country of India, so it was great when I got a similar role here in New Zealand. 

Coming to New Zealand was a big shift for my family and it’s taken a while for us to get used to how things are different here. I assumed my job would be similar to what I had done in India but once I started, I realised that there was quite a bit I needed to learn about. 

One of the things I did early on was to learn more about the types of things the New Zealand Public Sector provides and it was a lot more than I realised! I also had a colleague who knew a bit about some of the history and she helped me to see how the country and the Public Service has been shaped. I love history so it was great to learn more about that. You might like to check this out with me too. 


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Events that have shaped New Zealand and the Public Service

This game will help you to understand some historical context that has shaped the Public SectorYou will learn about some key milestones, reforms, and challenges and gain insights into the evolution of the public sector.  An accessible version of the content is here: Events that have shaped the Public Sector - [PDF, 108 KB]


This infographic will highlight the contributions of the Public Sector in various aspects of New Zealand lifeYou will learn about the services, benefits and positive outcomes that the public sector provides to the public.