Librarian recognised for service to our country’s environmental history

Date:  06 November 2018

Our long-serving librarian is among the first to be awarded a new commendation for meritorious public service.

Ailsa Parker was presented the State Services Commissioner’s Commendation for Frontline Excellence at the inaugural awards ceremony at Parliament last night.Ailsa Parker receives her award

The commendation is awarded to public servants who demonstrate exceptional care and commitment to New Zealanders, a ‘higher purpose' motivation, the highest standard of integrity, kaitiakitanga, the right attitude and generate pride in the Public Sector.

“Ailsa has become almost iconic in this Ministry—she embodies so much of what we are about and continues to make a remarkable contribution every day,” says chief executive Vicky Robertson.

“Ailsa joined the Ministry in December 2008 and has been managing our Information Centre and Library Services ever since. As the custodian of our organisational history and New Zealand's environmental history, Ailsa plays an important role in our ability to tell both our story and the story of the environment in New Zealand. Like all good custodians, Alisa excels at bringing this history to life.

“Over the years Ailsa has developed a wide network of peers across central government, local government, universities and other library providers who she shares knowledge with. This has helped both us and the wider sector make use of a more diverse and richer evidence base to support our advice, including expanding our ability to draw on Māori history and literature.”

2018 recipients of Te Tohu Amorangi a Te Kawa Mataaho, State Services Commissioner’s Commendation for Frontline Excellence

Caption: Chris Hipkins, Minister of State Services (left) and Peter Hughes, State Services Commissioner present Ailsa Parker with The State Services Commissioner's Commendation for Frontline Excellence.