Our Regional Development team works closely with the eleven Regional Public Service Leads (the Leads), who were appointed in September 2019 to improve the co-ordination of public services across New Zealand, on the Joined-up Government in the Regions work programme by providing co-ordination, analytical and advisory support.
Seven of the Leads are MSD Regional Commissioners: Eru Lyndon (Northland), Te Rehia Papesch (Waikato), Karen Bartlett (Acting, East Coast), Gloria Campbell (Taranaki, King Country and Whanganui), Katie Brosnahan (Central) (Graham Allpress acting from 1 July 2021), Craig Churchill (Nelson, Marlborough and West Coast), and Jason Tibble (Southland).
During 2020/21 the Leads had the mandate to convene officials across the social and skills sectors. Among other things, they:
- supported regional leaders, including iwi/Māori, to manage COVID-19 resurgence as well as to recover and revitalise
- continued to develop regional public service priorities that reflect what is important to iwi/Māori, local government and communities, which align with national-level priorities
- supported regional alignment of key government priorities, such as child wellbeing
- convened officials in the region to share information, connect and act on key issues effecting their communities
- were members of the Regional Skills Leadership Groups, and other key regional-level forums.
A particular focus has been a cross-agency process for stakeholder engagement to develop awareness of the work programme across social, economic, skills and workforce, and environmental sectors.
We have continued to provide advice on regional public service governance, particularly in support of place-based initiatives that build on existing relationships and each community’s aspirations and needs