Kia ora koutou,

We are sending this edition of Information Exchange with a very important topic, the recruitment of the Chief Executive for the new Ministry for Disabled People.

We have heard community concerns that the new Ministry won’t meet our needs and that the new CE won’t be a disabled person, we share these concerns. For that reason, and because we promote disabled leadership and the employment of disabled people, we want to make sure that as many disabled people as possible who have relevant skills apply for the role of CE to led this important kaupapa.

So, DPA are supporting HardyGroup to advise them around accessible recruitment processes. We won’t know who has applied for the role, or have any say on who the successful candidate is, but we will advise on the recruitment process in terms of accessibility.

We have already given advice around accessibility barriers that we know exist in recruitment in general for disabled people and might exist for this role. We will continue to support the process in giving accessibility advice to HardyGroup as they partner with the Public Service Commission on this critical appointment.

Our hope is that our advice will influence a more accessible recruitment experience for disabled people who apply for this role and that this will lead to the employment of a disabled person in the CE role of the new Ministry.

If you are interested in this role, please see below and direct your inquiries to HardyGroup.

Ngā mihi nui,

Prudence Walker
Chief Executive

From Hardy Group:

Te Tumu Whakahaere | Chief Executive, Ministry For Disabled People (H22_3960)

In October 2021 Cabinet agreed to establish a Ministry for Disabled People, a departmental agency to be hosted by the Ministry for Social Development, which will come into existence on 1 July 2022.

The new Ministry is underpinned by Aotearoa New Zealand’s commitments under the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. The Ministry will:

  • Drive better outcomes for all disabled people
  • Lead and coordinate cross-government strategic disability policy
  • Work to deliver and transform disability support services, and;
  • Progress work on the broader transformation of the wider disability system

The call for “Nothing About Us Without Us” will be an integral part in the establishment and operation of this new agency with disability community voices embedded in decision making and the running of the Ministry.

We are looking for a leader who has experience in the following areas: organisational leadership, system leadership, partnership, as well as experience in the disability sector. More information on these key areas can be found in the position description.

To undertake this role successfully the Chief Executive will be a disabled person, or have credibility and trust with the disability community, as well as empathy and a deep understanding of the unique and diverse experiences of disabled people. Any reasonable measures required by the chief executive to accommodate their support needs while undertaking the role will be made.

Excellent leadership by Public Service secretaries and chief executives is essential to a high-performing Public Service. Secretaries and chief executives are required to work collaboratively in a spirit of service to contribute towards the goal of an effective and cohesive Public Service, which supports current and successive governments to develop and implement their policies, deliver high-quality and efficient public services, supports the Government to pursue the long-term public interest, facilitates active citizenship, and acts in accordance with the law.

If you think you are the right person for this role, an application pack can be downloaded from

For further information or a confidential discussion about this position, please contact:

David Hughes
T: +64 021 286 4470

Paul Ingle
T: +64 021 029 18623

HardyGroup is working in partnership with the Disabled Persons Assembly (DPA) to ensure the recruitment process is accessible.

We believe in a diverse and inclusive Public Service which reflects the communities that we serve. Talk to us about what flexible work arrangements might work for both you and us.

We are committed to making our application process accessible to everyone so if you require any support or assistance that would facilitate your participation in this process, please let David or Paul know.

Completed applications must be submitted Tuesday 5 April 2022 at 11:59pm. Please submit application documentation to Executive Search Coordinator, Jane Mather:

A Position Description, Application Form and Guide for Applicants is available at:

and NZSL video:

Applications Close: 05/04/2022