Hoani Lambert (Ngati Kahungunu ki Te Wairoa) is a career public servant and is currently
the Deputy Chief Executive, Voices of Children at Oranga Tamariki—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 Māori 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).