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Introducing Tui Raumata

14 months ago by , The ELN Team

Tui Raumata is a cross-agency Employee-led Network governance rōpū set up and supported by Te Puna Huihuinga Kaimahi, the Employee-led Network Team hosted at Te Kawa Mataaho, The Public Service Commission.


The purpose of this group is to connect cross-agency employee-led network representatives to enable communication, understanding, collaboration and partnership. This will ensure maximum opportunities to influence and impact Public Service practice and policy to create a fairer, more equitable and inclusive Public Service reflecting the communities served by employee-led network members.

Employee-led networks have existed within many Public Service agencies for some time. In more recent years, there has been an increase in the number (and visibility) of cross-agency employee-led networks. These networks aim to reflect intersectionality and encourage employee connection and collaboration across the Public Service. There are now seven established cross-agency employee-led networks that Te Puna Huihuinga Kaimahi work with closely. These include:

  • Cross-agency Rainbow Network (CARN)
  • Government Women's Network (GWN)
  • Pacific Public Servants Network (PPSN)
  • Pan Asian Public Sector Network (PAPSN)
  • Public Service Futures (PSF)
  • Tūhono - The Māori Public Sector Network 
  • We Enable Us Disability Network (WEU) 

The Name

The name Tui Raumata was gifted to the rōpū of cross-agency employee-led Network leads and representatives by Tūhono kaumātua, Mohi Apou, Chief Advisor Māori, Worksafe. It is a taonga to be treasured by the rōpū.

"Tui Raumata" 

Tui - to lash, to sew together, to bind

Raumata - Mesh or net

When the two words are combined it suggests a dynamic that is called "Woven Tapestry" which is a metaphorical sense for the word synergy. 

In effect, it describes the intent of our group, to work in cooperation to produce a combined effort greater than the sum of our separate parts. Weaving together and collective strength. Kotahitanga.


The rōpū

Cross-Agency Rainbow Network

  • Bridget Murdoch – Ministry for the Environment
  • Theresa Peters – Ministry of Social Development

Government Women’s Network

  • Fathima Iftikar – Ministry for the Environment
  • Anita Edwards – Ministry of Justice
  • COL Karyn Thompson – NZDF

Pan-Asian Public Servants’ Network

  • Gordon Tan – Treasury
  • Farhat Shaikh – NZ Qualifications Authority (NZQA)

Pacific Public Servants’ Network

  • Helen Karati – Te Kawa Mataaho Public Service Commission
  • Simi Finau – Ministry of Social Development

Public Service Futures’ Network

  • Hana Wong – Ministry of Health
  • Alex Williams – Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet


  • Karaitiana Wilson – NZTA
  • Rachael Thwaites – Te Tumu Paeroa - Office of the Māori Trustee

We Enable Us

  • Rawa Karetai – Whaikaha (MoDP)
  • Karen Davidson – Kāinga Ora Homes and Communities

The objectives

  • Connect cross-agency employee-led network representatives
  • Demonstrate commitment to Māori, Te Tiriti o Waitangi and its principles
  • Raise the profile of cross-agency employee-led networks to increase awareness of their mahi and understanding of how they contribute to positive systems change across the Public Service
  • Identify and address common challenges and opportunities impacting cross-agency networks and their members
  • Maintain oversight of Public Service systems-wide initiatives and changes impacting on cross-agency networks and their members
  • Enable cross-agency employee-led network leads to be involved in and/or provide expert advice for public policy and practice decision-making
  • Escalate and request support for cross-agency employee-led network initiatives, including where additional resources are required

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