Hoani Lambert (Ngati Kahungunu ki Te Wairoa) is a career public servant and is currently the Deputy Chief Executive, Voices of Children at the New Zealand Ministry for Children.
In this role Hoani is responsible for advocating for children and young people’s interests across the government system, ensuring their voices are at the centre of government policy, service design and delivery. He is also responsible for overseeing his Ministry’s implementation of new legislative duties in relation to the Treaty of Waitangi.
As part of the current public service reforms in New Zealand, Hoani is leading a working group to develop a Maori cultural competency framework for senior public servants as part of the Leadership Success Profile (LSP).
Although a specialist in communications, public relations and social marketing, Hoani has had a diverse range of professional roles. He has worked in parliament, directed biosecurity border operations and, most recently, worked as a diplomat with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
Hoani holds an Executive Masters in Public Administration through the Australia and New Zealand School of Government (ANZSOG).