Developing Future Public Service Leaders for Aotearoa New Zealand


  • Sir Ashley Bloomfield University of Auckland



Leadership, Public Service, Covid-19, Public Trust


The New Zealand public service performs comparatively very well internationally and this has been evident during the global Covid-19
pandemic. The public service will need strong and adaptable leadership in future to respond effectively to significant global challenges and threats to public trust, and the need for better public policy responses to extant ‘wicked’ problems. The pandemic response in New Zealand and internationally provides strong pointers as to what New Zealand should do to develop public service leaders for the future.


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Author Biography

Sir Ashley Bloomfield, University of Auckland

Sir Ashley Bloomfield is a public health medicine specialist. He served as the director-general of health between June 2018 and July 2022. In this capacity he was responsible for leading the nation’s public health response to the Covid-19 pandemic. He previously held senior positions in the Ministry of Health and district health boards, and worked earlier in his career for the World Health Organization in Geneva. Address for correspondence: