In today's email we followed up the Briefings to Incoming Ministers released yesterday, and asked how 'free and frank' our public servants really can be.
Political and public administration academics Chris Eichbaum and Richard Shaw researched the free-ness and frank-ness of New Zealand’s public servants in 2005 and 2017. They found officials became more guarded in and around an increasingly politicized Beehive and suggest a few remedies for the new Government to consider.
New Zealand Trade and Enterprise chief executive Peter Chrisp explained to the Commerce Select Committee on Thursday how some of the new funding received by NZTE will be used to develop ways of commercialising, or "monetising" the intellectual property concentrated within the public service.
The freeze on public sector spending is unlikely to thaw any time soon, with Finance Minister Bill English saying the Government was looking to further shrink spending as a proportion of GDP. He even hinted the Government could cut costs by digitising more Government work and putting it into the 'cloud'.