Story: State services and the Public Service Commission

Alexander Herdman, 1919

Alexander Herdman, 1919

‘Scientific management’ was the aim when Parliament shifted oversight of the state sector from politicians to an independent commissioner in 1913. Alexander Herdman, a lawyer and Reform Party MP, had spent 10 years on the opposition benches pushing for the move. This was described in 1912 as his ‘political hobby’.

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Mark Prebble, 'State services and the Public Service Commission - The merit principle', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 27 February 2024)

Story by Mark Prebble, published 20 Jun 2012