There are a large variety of Crown entities in New Zealand, but one thing they all have in common is the need to have an effective relationship with their Minister and monitor (usually a department).Effective relationships between government and Crown entities are critical to the delivery of quality public services and it is crucial that we get them right. Trust and mutual respect are at the heart of these relationships. Legislative and structural reforms cannot deliver that - though they can help provide the building blocks. What is needed is that:
Ministers engage thoughtfully with their portfolio Crown entities
Crown entities understand the expectations that they contribute to wider government priorities while managing day-to-day operational decisions at arm's length, and
departments recognise the role and expertise of Crown entities, and the importance of effective performance monitoring and relationship management.