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Public service heads, 2011

This poster produced by the State Services Commission in 2011 shows the chief executives of 32 government ministries and departments. Only three are women: Katrina Bach (Department of Building and Housing), Karen Sewell (Ministry of Education) and Rowena Phair (Ministry of Women's Affairs). The first woman chief executive in New Zealand’s public service was Mary O’Regan, who became chief executive of the new Ministry of Women’s Affairs in 1984.

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Richard Shaw, 'Public service - The public service in the 2000s', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 21 May 2024)

Story by Richard Shaw, published 20 Jun 2012, reviewed & revised 8 Mar 2021