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Public Service Commission and State Services Commission chairmen

Public Service Commission and State Services Commission chairmen

Richard Campbell sits at the centre of this group portrait of past chairmen of the Public Service Commission and State Services Commission. An economist by training, Campbell was the first chairman of the Public Service Commission. During his term (1946–53) the public-sector union, the Public Service Association (PSA), was at its most militant. Although he had been left-leaning, Campbell successfully recommended dropping the PSA representative from the commission. Seated at left is George Bolt, who was chairman from 1954 to 1957, during the vigorous campaign for equal pay for women. His staunch resistance delayed its introduction. Behind Campbell is Allan Atkinson, whose term (1958–66) covered the shift from Public Service Commission to State Services Commission.

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Mark Prebble, 'State services and the State Services Commission - Role of central agencies', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/33066/public-service-commission-and-state-services-commission-chairmen (accessed 25 May 2020)

Story by Mark Prebble, published 20 Jun 2012