Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search

 

CEO Appointed To Ministry Of Social Development

Chief Executive Appointed To Ministry Of Social Development

Chief Executive designate of the Ministry of Social Development, Peter Hughes, says it's time to rule a line, put the past behind us, and move on. The Ministry, to be formed from the Department of Work and Income and the Ministry of Social Policy, comes into operation on 1 October. State Services Commissioner, Michael Wintringham, announced Mr Hughes' appointment this morning.

"The Department of Work and Income has been through a very difficult period recently. Throughout I have been thoroughly impressed by the commitment and professionalism of the staff who just simply got on with the job."

"Having started my career as a front line worker in the Benefits Division of the Department of Social Welfare, I know how hard that must have been. But with the 1 October establishment of the Ministry it's time to rule a line and move on."

"I'm very much looking forward to working with the staff of the Department of Work and Income and the Ministry of Social Policy. I know a lot of the staff already. Having worked in both areas when they were part of the Department of Social Welfare, it feels a bit like I'm coming home. I have a huge respect for the staff and achievements of both agencies."

"There's a huge job to be done to build the Ministry of Social Development. I'm looking forward to getting on with it."

"I will be sad to leave Internal Affairs. In the relatively short time that I've been there I've been thoroughly impressed by the commitment, dedication and professionalism of the many staff who work in the various areas that make up Internal Affairs. I wish them well for the future and want to personally acknowledge their support for me over the last eight months."

"This is a once in a career life time opportunity to make a difference and I'm hugely appreciative of the confidence the Commissioner, the Minister and the Government have shown in me in making this appointment," Mr Hughes said.

Ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On Bridges’ ‘Meth Crooks’ Leadership Failure

Back in June, Bridges publicly accepted that Housing NZ had got it wrong, and that the National government had acted upon bad advice.

Now, you’d think this admission would create a broad bi-partisan basis for compensation to those families who had been unfairly evicted, at considerable cost and emotional distress. Some people had lost their possessions in trying to meet the expense of the upheaval.

Not everyone felt so compassionate. More>>

 

Multimedia & Transcript: Acting PM's Press Conference

Winston Peters, Acting Prime Minister while Jacinda Ardern is in New York for the UN Leaders' Week, held a short press conference Monday after chairing this week's cabinet meeting. More>>

General Assembly: Ardern Rejects Trump Call For War On Drugs

New Zealand will not be signing the United States' document calling for global action on the war on drugs, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says. Ms Ardern is in New York for the United Nations General Assembly this week, along with about 140 other world leaders. More>>

ALSO:

Pay Equity: Cabinet Funds Deal For Oranga Tamariki Social Workers

The Minister said that an agreement in principle has been reached between Oranga Tamariki and the PSA on a settlement worth $114.6m over five years. More>>

ALSO:

Hunting v Pest Control: Tahr Control Needed To Protect Alpine Habitats

A cull of introduced Himalayan tahr browsing conservation land in Kā Tiritiri o Te Moana/ the Southern Alps is needed to protect special alpine plants and their habitats, Conservation Minister, Eugenie Sage said. More>>

ALSO:

Protest At Sea: Judge Discharges Greenpeace Activists

The judge today discharged Norman and Howell without conviction, saying the cumulative consequences of a conviction would be out of proportion to what was “low level” offending off the Wairarapa coast in April 2017. More>>

ALSO:

No Reshuffle: Meka Whaitiri Removed As A Minister

Meka Whaitiri will be removed as a Minister with immediate effect... The decision was made after receiving a report into an incident that occurred on 27 August in Gisborne, involving Meka Whaitiri and one of her staff. More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels