Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search


More scrutiny for Crown entities on senior pay and conduct

Hon Chris Hipkins

Minister of State Services
13 September 2018



Stronger oversight of the pay for chief executives and conduct of Crown Entity Board members will now come into force, State Services Minister Chris Hipkins says.

The changes come after the State Sector and Crown Entities Reform Bill was passed in Parliament today.

“The amendments will bolster the public’s trust and confidence in Crown entities, which are often the face of government for many New Zealanders,” Chris Hipkins said.

“These changes also address public concern that the levels of pay for the highest paid chief executives is excessive and, in some cases, Crown entity Boards had not met either the State Service Commissioner’s or Ministers’ guidance.

“We will now have stronger oversight and regulation of Crown entity chief executive pay and the conduct of Board members.

“We have also modernised the powers of the State Services Commissioner to investigate any impropriety in the sector. These are all necessary changes to strengthen integrity, transparency and accountability in Crown entities.”

An amendment to the Crown Entities Act means will now require the State Services Commissioner’s express consent to the terms and conditions of employment, including remuneration, of a Crown entity chief executive. Currently, Crown entity Boards are only required to consult the Commissioner on their intended terms and conditions, but are not bound to comply with the Commissioner’s advice or guidance.

“All of the changes are about greater consistency in the standards and expectations across the State sector,” said Mr Hipkins.

“Crown entities exist to serve in the public interest. They operate with public money for the public good, are responsible for running public hospitals and schools, and a range of other service delivery or regulatory activities.

“It is important that these entities remain connected around the core values of a unifying spirit of service to the community. That is what I expect these changes will support.”


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On NZ’s Complicity In Western Sahara

If David Parker really wants to hone his crisis-managing chops on an international trade dispute that New Zealand has been making worse for years, he maybe should be turning his attention to the Western Sahara.

Some background: two NZ companies called Ravensdown and Ballance Agri-Nutrients appear to be the only independent firms in the world still willing to import phosphate from the disputed territory of the Western Sahara... More>>


Gordon Campbell: On Malaysia Exposing Our Dodgy Policies On China

Last week, we all owed a vote of thanks to Malaysian PM Mahathir Mohamad for breaking with protocol during his bilateral with Jacinda Ardern. Reportedly, Mahathir used the photo opportunity phase of the meeting to launch into matters of genuine substance. More>>


Withdrawls After Police Uniform Ban: Auckland Pride Remains Committed

The Auckland Pride Board remains committed to creating a space for our rainbow communities to feel safe celebrating their gender and sexual identity, despite some institutions pulling out from the Parade in recent days. More>>


South Korea: State Visit By Korean President Moon Jae-In

The President of the Republic of Korea Moon Jae-in will visit New Zealand from 2 to 4 December... “I am very much looking forward to welcoming President Moon to New Zealand,” said Jacinda Ardern. More>>

Health: Changes To Drinking Water Standards

David Clark said many of the changes he is making, which will take effect on 1 March 2019, are clarifications or corrections, “but there are two changes which will significantly improve the ability to test and respond to the presence of harmful bacteria such as E.coli”. More>>


IPCA: Police Detention "Unlawful But Reasonable"

The Independent Police Conduct Authority has found that while Police acted unlawfully in October 2017 when they detained a Queenstown man for a mental health assessment, their actions were reasonable in the circumstances. More>>


Joint Statement: Chile President's NZ Visit

At the invitation of the Right Honourable Jacinda Ardern, Prime Minister of New Zealand, His Excellency the President of the Republic of Chile, Sebastián Piñera, undertook a State Visit to New Zealand on 19 November 2018... More>>


Climate Change: Top Academics Call On Government To Take Action

One hundred and fifty academics and researchers from around Aotearoa, including Dame Anne Salmond, Emeriti Professors and several Fellows of the Royal Society, have signed a strongly-worded open letter to the Government demanding bold and urgent action to tackle climate change. More>>





InfoPages News Channels