We love our public service workers

Faced with job losses and unprecedented insecurity, it’s a really hard time to be working in the public service right now.

Workers are also having to deal with their work being devalued, despite serving our communities by delivering essential services that we all rely on.

This Government has no regard for the people who keep the country running.

But we do.

As we fight attacks on public services, we must not lose sight of that.

We love our public servants and appreciate the vital work they do in communities right across Aotearoa. Our country would grind to a halt without them.

Let’s take a moment to tell positive stories about public servants and the work they do. It may seem small, but messages of affirmation can go a long way at a dark time.

Let’s show public service workers our love and support.


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  • Children need a great public service

    The Public Service helps NZ run well and create great outcomes for kiwis. With cuts to OT and MOE kids are going to miss out and so are families. We need to invest in our country and a healthy public service is a great start

  • Despicable treatment from the CoC

    Public servants are the backbone of our country. The way they are being treated by this current government is despicable.... all to give the wealthy more.

  • Don't give up!

    Your work and you are valuable, don't let this fascist govt steal your wellbeing. Kia kaha!

  • Erin Polaczuk

    Public services are so important to everyone in Aotearoa! For those of you unsure of your futures, already looking abroad for mahi, or feeling the sadness of farewelling your colleagues- we see you and we are thinking of you. Here's hoping for a future government that understands and respects the people who put service of the public as a top priority. Here's looking to a future government who see themselves as serving the public, not personal or private interests. Thank you public servants of Aotearoa.

  • Government taking country in wrong direction!

    These massive layoffs of public service employees is harming individuals and their families but it is also fueling a recession that could have been softened with government investment in people, programmes, and services. The current government is following the UK stagnation economic model rather than a growth model, which the US is going with. Tax cuts for the few or investment for the future? This government has made the wrong choice and time will confirm it!

  • Gutted by poor decisions

    This whole brutal and arbitrary cull of public servants for the sake of a few measly tax cuts has nobody fooled and everyone alarmed at what will happen once there is nobody there doing your roles. Hang in, when things fall apart and they have a mad scramble to get you back demand a better salary!

  • Have a Heart

    How long before there are no workers left? These people have families they need to provide for. No redundancy package can replace the security of paid employment.

  • High quality public services for all

    All New Zealanders deserve to be part of a society which supports everyone to thrive. Public servants make this possible. Without them we will suffer as a society.

  • I don't want a tax cut

    I don't want a tax cut. I want our public servants to be working to help NZers like they were before.

  • Imagining my WW2 'Greek Campaign' Sergeant, Uncle Ron

    "If this be the *COST* of your PRecious "Freedom" and your much-vaunted 'Democracy' ; my God we have paid it TOO DEAR!"

  • I value our public service workers!

    I want my tax dollars to provide high-value, decent, meaningful work for public servants. I want to receive high-value public services that increase our collective wellbeing as a country. Every single time a right-wing approach cuts public service jobs, those jobs simply get advertised by the private sector at lower salaries/wages and conditions because the work needs to get done somehow. That means my tax dollars pay for an outsourced public service that squeezes pay and conditions in favour of profit. This is an old playbook. We know it doesn't work. I just hope the public servants facing uncertainty and job loss know we see you, we value you and we stand with you despite this government's old, tired approach. Solidarity!

  • Job security only for the execs - privilege at its finest.

    Of all those around me facing job uncertainty, it is not the execs at the top - those paid 3x more than the rest of us who display far less competence and capability than those loosing their jobs. It is the ones I see working diligently, going above and beyond, putting out corporate fires and often without the recognition they deserve. Ka nui te aroha ki a koutou. And to those execs in positions of power making these decisions, perhaps stop dehumanising PEOPLE by referring to 'roles' and acknowledge these are human beings, parents, family members and people who have given years to your departments. If you reduced 'roles' by removing the incompetent ones and kept those who truly contributed, you would be far better off.

  • Kia kaha

    My heart goes out to all the workers affected in these slash and burn times. Nothing gets done without the amazing work of you great people. Our miniscule "tax cut" is being paid for on the back of all these restructurings and it is appalling. Kia kaha.

  • Let me count the Ways

    Shall I write about the fabulous Medical and Administrative staff at Whangarei Hospital where I recently had not one but two Cataract procedures on my left eye? The MSD Staff who helped me with Travel Allowance for Counseling? The amazing MSD clerk/telephonist who scoured the country for a bar fridge to suit my solar electric system when I needed a new refrigerator? There are so many stories of competent, caring public servants I find it beyond belief and shameful that we are laying them off like this : to the point where I withdraw my 'Consent to be Governed' from this National-ACT-NZFirst aka NACTZ1 Coalition government. AOTEAROA New Zealand should be creating MORE Public Service employment during a recession.

  • Multicultural and diversity.

    Great work public service workers, many years of diverse government corporation and NGOs spectacularly multiculturalism, more than first impressions count.

  • Public service job losses

    Perhaps a little more thought and exploration of alternatives could have been applied.It does not take much”business acumen” to fire people.

  • Public Service - the glue of the scaffolding

    Public service workers ensure the smooth running of our nation, without them we will see degradation of services, leading to an increase in chaos.

  • Public service workers are much needed infrastructure

    I'm sad that public services and their workers are being demonised by this government. Our country would not function without good public services. People are at the heart of everything and i am so sorry for the people who have lost their jobs through no fault of their own

  • Services that serve the public

    So short sighted of a government to be cutting back on essential services that you provide to all of us. The government policies for the public service are an attack on Wellington and particularly on women that make up about 70% of the public service as well as many of the 'backroom' functions that keep our services ticking. Kia kaha! This too shall pass!

  • Shortsighted and Indiscriminate Redundancies

    The Public Service will be key to turning our economy around. So much of the current rhetoric around slashing spending is contrary to what was promised on the election trail- we need our public servants to support us when times are tough. Tax cuts for the rich at the cost of services for the poor are a step in the wrong direction. I will be there to march with our Public Servants when the time comes! Thankyou for your hard work in making NZ the amazing place it is today, and know that this government doesnt speak for everyone- you still have allies!