Public Service Day 2018

Public Service Day is almost here - Wednesday 7 November.

Ever since the Public Service Association (PSA) began its life we have been committed to the value of the public service.

The PSA formed on 31 October 1913, less than a year after the Public Service Act was assented on 7 November 1912.

The initiative being taken by Government to celebrate that historical date as Public Service Day is certainly therefore a milestone worth celebrating.

Appropriately the official theme for Public Service Day 2018 is “spirit of service”.

To support this we are putting a call out for answers to this question:

What does "spirit of service" mean to you in your work in the Public Service?

PSDay flyer3A copy of this flyer can be downloaded below.


To mark Public Service Day, two awards have been created by the States Services Commission (SSC) - the New Zealand Public Service Medal and the State Services Commissioner’s Commendation for Frontline Excellence.

The Public Service Medal was announced by Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern in August - see here.

We'll be giving an update on this and award recipients after the ceremony being held at Parliament to present the awards on Monday 5 November.

The SSC have also designed this official logo:

SSC Public Service Day logo