Hughes agrees to stay on

June 25th, 2013 at 4:30 pm by David Farrar

Tracy Watkins at Stuff reports:

The top former public servant called in to restore order to the troubled has been confirmed as its new boss.

Deputy State Services Commissioner Sandi Beatie today confirmed had been appointed secretary for education and chief executive of the Ministry of Education.

This is very good news for the Government, and for the Ministry. Hughes is a top operator and with a five year appointment, should be able to significantly improve how the Ministry operates. Ministers will be very pleased to have Hughes stay on.

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17 Responses to “Hughes agrees to stay on”

  1. Brian Harmer (687 comments) says:

    A bit sad for Victoria University who thought they had a good professor for the School of Government

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  2. RRM (9,924 comments) says:

    There are so many Hugheses in and around parliament. It’s difficult to keep up. You really need to include their first names in your headings!

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  3. tvb (4,422 comments) says:

    He and Parata have bonded which is a challenging assignment.

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  4. peterwn (3,273 comments) says:

    tvb – “He and Parata have bonded …” which is a normal attribute for a senior public servant. The Education CEO is there to serve the Government, not to run the Education Ministry branch of the Labour Party.

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  5. nasska (11,525 comments) says:

    peterwn

    ….”is there to serve the Government, not to run the Education Ministry branch of the Labour Party.”….

    The NZEI will get all bitter & twisted….that is definitely not the way they see it.

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  6. ftiman (9 comments) says:

    The NZEI ARE bitter and twisted… why else would they have opposed standards in education, when every single organisation and business in the world either set standards or follow them. Congrats Peter Hughes, get stuck in!

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  7. doggone7 (805 comments) says:

    Bitter and twisted personified. Well done!

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  8. Paul Williams (878 comments) says:

    I hope the trend to source top officials offshore abates. NZ’s education system is unusual in many respects and there’s genuine value in domain knowledge (as well as knowledge of how policy is formed in NZ). In my experience, in both NZ and Australia, not nearly enough weighting is given to spending time in an agency as opposed to being parachuted in.

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  9. peterwn (3,273 comments) says:

    When top vacancies arise, NZ residents are at a disadvantage as it is difficult to check for warts, and ‘internal’ applicants are at an even bigger disadvantage as they are known warts and all. Those doing the hiring also favour someone who will ‘change’ things, thus favouring applicants who churn up organisations then move on before the stuff hits the fan.

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  10. tvb (4,422 comments) says:

    I do not think Parata has the political skills to be a success in education. She is far to haughty to be a success in politics. And education is an issue that could lose the Government the election. That is my beef with Parata. I just hope Hughes can manage her moods.

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  11. greenjacket (466 comments) says:

    peterwn: “Those doing the hiring also favour someone who will ‘change’ things, thus favouring applicants who churn up organisations then move on before the stuff hits the fan.”

    By “someone”, you wouldn’t be talking about Wayne McNee, who churned up MAF/FSA/Fisheries, and then moved on to a $1m a year job before the stuff hit the fan?

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  12. Paul Williams (878 comments) says:

    In all earnestness, I’m surprised Parata’s not doing better. She’s capable and experienced, and yet she frequently picks the wrong side of issues. It doesn’t help that Hipkins has consistently bettered her in Parliament.

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  13. themanwhowatches (32 comments) says:

    Hekia Parata was only ever a middle manager in the Public Service and there is no reason to believe she is any more intelligent than any other middle manager in the Public Service. Why anybody should think she is intelligent enough, or politically astute enough, to be a good Minister of Education is beyond me.

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  14. Dirty Rat (383 comments) says:

    Thats a big fail for the Government it it needs to install a trouble shooter to tell the Government what is going wrong

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  15. Steve Taylor (211 comments) says:

    This is the same Peter Hughes who (from memory) lead the attempted shut-down of the CYFWATCH websites back in 2007 when he was the head of CYF.

    Anyone who can convince both Google and WordPress into compliance on what was a false premise of a “death threat” against a sitting MP (which the Police determined was not) as Hughes did, whilst ignoring the very real problems within NZ’s most powerful social service agency, and effecting a censorship outcome worthy of North Korea, is a top something, but I’m not sure I would use the word “operator” – or, maybe I should………

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  16. Keeping Stock (10,342 comments) says:

    Dirty Rat said

    Thats a big fail for the Government it it needs to install a trouble shooter to tell the Government what is going wrong

    What bollocks. If anything, it is sound political management by the Nats of one of the most politically contentious portfolios. Hekia Parata is said to be a polarising figure, but if she and Peter Hughes can form a solid working relationship, her second year as Minister of Education is likely to end far more positively than her first year did.

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  17. Rightandleft (663 comments) says:

    I’m happy to see Hughes is staying on. From what I’ve heard he is doing a good job sorting out some serious problems in the MOE.

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