New ANZSOG Churchill Fellowship for a Māori public servant

Maori Pouwhenua
  • Published Date: 09 May 2019

Applications for a new opportunity for Māori working in the New Zealand public sector to explore and learn from the practices of their international peers is now open.

For the first time, the Australian and New Zealand School of Government (ANZSOG) has partnered with the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust, to sponsor a new Churchill Fellowship specifically for a Māori public servant in New Zealand.

The Fellowship is part of ANZSOG’s commitmentto build Indigenous leadership in public services across Australia and New Zealand and improve outcomes for Indigenous communities.

Applications for the New Zealandfellowship opened on May 1 and will close on July 31. More information about the Churchill Trust and the Fellowship, including how to apply, is located on the communitymatters.govt.nz website.  

Since 1965, more than 900 New Zealanders have benefited from Churchill Fellowships. Recipients travel overseas for four-to-eight weeks to meet and work with leaders of influence to gain and exchange knowledge and experience for the betterment of themselves, their organisationor community.  

Australian Churchill Fellowship recipient Leilani Bin Juda (pictured) is a proud Torres Strait Islander and explains how the Fellowship helped her become a leader in the Australian public sector.

Almost two decades ago, I embarked on a Churchill Fellowship which enabled me to visit museums around the world. It was a life changing experience,” she said.

From humble beginnings in the back rooms of a museum in the United Kingdom, this amazing journey has culminated in a 2019 Australia Day Public Service Medalfor promoting the inclusion of Indigenous heritage in Australia’s cultural and foreign policies.”

ANZSOG Dean and CEO Ken Smith said the Fellowship would be an invaluable opportunity for the recipient to gain insights into the practices of their peers working in international jurisdictions, and contribute to Indigenous policy, governance and administration in New Zealand upon their return.

“We want to play our part in building strong Māori leadership in the public sector,” Professor Smith said. 

“Better representation of Indigenous people at all levels of our public services is essential for Indigenous knowledge and culture to be incorporated in policy development and improved service delivery across government.

The nominated ANZSOG Churchill Fellow will be invited to share their findings in a variety of engagement opportunities, which may include presenting in an ANZSOG program, a forum, conference or contributing to the upcoming ANZSOG Wise Practice Case Library – a collection of cases which highlight success stories in Indigenous policy through engagement with Indigenous communities.

Fellowship recipients will also have access to the Churchill Trust’s Learning Framework, which includes foundation skills training, ongoing support, mentoring, and financial assistance for disseminating their findings. 

ANZSOG has also sponsored one Australian Churchill Fellowship for an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Island working in the public service. Applications for this Fellowship have now closed and the successful applicant will be notified in September 2019.