2013 Award Categories : Institute of Public Administration New Zealand

Integrity and Trust

 Sponsored by the Justice Sector (the Ministry of Justice, the New Zealand Police, the Department of Corrections, the Crown Law Office and the Serious Fraud Office)


New Zealand has one of the most honest public services in the world.  The work done by public servants deserves to be valued and trusted.  The Justice Sector Award for Excellence in Integrity and Trust recognises the importance of that trust ??? and that it is hard won and easily lost.  The best programme of projects will be those where the organisation can demonstrate that people thought creatively about how to meet the highest standards of integrity and build trust with the people and communities they serve, or how to do the right thing where the normal rules or responses may not be enough.

The Weakest Link, Good Bye!

I hereby announce my resignation from the position of the guy who speaks out about this sort of stuff – incubators, business plan competitions, endless awards, and the whole reality TV approach to start-ups. Somebody else can comment on our emperors impressive new wardrobe from here on in.

When we work with founders we advise them to try and not get sucked into the noise and distractions that swirl around the start-up eco-system, and to just focus on building a great product and business. For whatever reason I haven’t followed that advice myself recently.

Maybe a MAdvTechEnt is the missing piece to your start-up jigsaw. Perhaps the safe environment of an incubator will help you get going. The Dragons Den could even be the ideal place for you to find an investor for your venture.

My mileage differs quite a lot. But, I’m not going to waste any more time or energy trying to convince you otherwise…

Good luck!

“Innovation! Happen here!” Yeah, right. Entrepreneur is in my mind being filed in the same romantic bag as Creator.