- Title page
- When did the code of conduct come into effect?
- Why do we need a code of conduct?
- Who is covered by the code of conduct?
- Who is not covered by the code of conduct?
- Why does the code of conduct apply to more than just Public Service departments?
- Why doesn't the code of conduct apply to Crown entity board members acting in their personal capacity? What happens if they act inappropriately?
- How do agencies' codes of conduct interface with the Commissioner's code? Which code takes priority?
- What will I do to apply the code of conduct?
- Who can I go to for additional advice and guidance?
- What is the life expectancy of the code of conduct?
- What is the history of the code of conduct?
- What is the legal status of the code of conduct?
- Has the code of conduct been endorsed by the government?
- What value is there for the public in the code of conduct?
- What value does the code of conduct add?
- Can I (or my agency) have a variation to the code of conduct?
- Can I (or my agency) opt out of the code of conduct?
- What does my agency need to do to put the code of conduct in place?
- Why is there no reference to the Treaty of Waitangi in the code of conduct?
- How does this code of conduct fit with other legislative requirements?
- What consultation took place before the code of conduct was finalised?
- What is the relationship between the State Services Commissioner and State servants?
Why is there no reference to the Treaty of Waitangi in the code of conduct?
The Treaty of Waitangi is a cornerstone of New Zealand’s constitutional structure together with the Constitution Act 1986, New Zealand Bill of Rights Act 1990, Electoral Act 1993 and Judicature Act 1908. None of these provisions are specifically mentioned in the code of conduct. However, they are implicitly made part of it through the reference to carrying out the work of New Zealand’s democratically elected governments, and consequentially made part of it through the standards of acting lawfully and objectively, and being professional and responsive.
The code of conduct (www.ssc.govt.nz/code) sets out the behaviour expected of State servants at a lower and more detailed level than the constitutional framework. Common standards are set for everyone working in agencies covered by the code of conduct, and their responsiveness to the people of New Zealand is not to differ except where there are lawful reasons to do so. There is no difference for Māori working in the State Services or in relation to any State Services dealing with Māori.