Last Wednesday evening Lindsay Jackson and I attended the Te Kawa Mataaho Public Service Commission end of year celebration in Wellington, along with staff of Te Kawa Mataaho, senior members of the public service and suppliers to the public service. The Minister for the Public Service, Hon. Chris Hipkins and the Public Service Commissioner, Peter Hughes, both spoke of the year that has been, which for New Zealand, has been significant with the Christchurch terror attack, the eruption of Whakaari/White Island and then of course the on-going COVID-19 Pandemic response.
It goes without saying that New Zealand is a small country and these three events have impacted everyone in the country to some degree or another and has made 2020 a year that we might all like to forget.
It is worthwhile remembering that our public service and everyone who works in it have done an outstanding job responding to these events while continuing to provide the business-as-usual services that they are tasked with. The “Spirit of Service” inside the public service is alive and well in this country. I am also very proud of organisations, like our own, who stepped up to assist the Government in the “Spirit of Service” in the fight against COVID-19. The first weekend of lockdown we spoke to the Chief Executive of the Ministry of Social Development and asked how we could help? Our parent company Accordant Group, via JacksonStone & Partners, provided support to government agencies by providing 65 staff volunteers to the Ministry of Social Development to call over 3,500 people to see if they needed any form of assistance and to make sure that people were coping alright.
We are proud to be part of the New Zealand owned and operated Accordant Group and to have been able to work alongside government agencies providing people and services and helping out in times of need.
– David Hollander, Chief Executive