Appointments to statutory bodies

The Department of Internal Affairs is responsible for administering appointments to approximately 50 statutory bodies. For a complete list of these organisations, see: Statutory Bodies

About appointments to statutory bodies

The Department collects nominations, undertakes a short-listing of candidates and recommends suitable
candidate(s) to the relevant Minister who will select their preferred appointee(s). Final decisions are approved by Cabinet.

If you are interested in serving on a statutory body, the Department recommends that you register with one of the following nominating agencies: 

Registering with a nominating agency does not mean your name will be put forward automatically to Ministers, as agencies select suitable candidates to forward for consideration based on the appointment criteria.

Current calls for nominations for appointment to a statutory body can be found at: Appointments (below)

Please note that:

Recent announcements

Unique statutory role – Deputy Chief Censor, Office of Film and Literature Classification

Applications are being sought for the role of Deputy Chief Censor. This is a full-time management and governance position at the Office of Film and Literature Classification, and plays an important role in New Zealand’s classification system. The role is based in Wellington and works closely with the Chief Censor.

The appointment is made by the Governor-General on the recommendation of the Minister of Internal Affairs.

The required skills and attributes are:

  • specialist classification and censorship knowledge;
  • advanced reasoning and strategic thinking skills;
  • strong communication and interpersonal skills;
  • public sector management / machinery of government knowledge; and
  • the ability to maintain and promote personal resilience while managing objectionable material.

Full details are in the position description (PDF, 150KB). Applicants must provide a cover letter that identifies how their skills and experience match the required skills and attributes, a current curriculum vitae, and a completed version of the application form (.DOCX, 73KB). Applications must be emailed to the Department of Internal Affairs at appointments@dia.govt.nz by 5pm on 24 July 2020. Any questions or queries can be sent to the same address.

Information that needs to be provided when applying

All candidates for appointment to a statutory body need to complete a nomination form. provide a current curriculum vitae, and ideally, provide a cover letter explaining how their skills and experience are relevant.

Statutory appointments

Calls for nominations

Recent calls for nominations are detailed in the following table:

Statutory bodyFormsStatusClose date

 Office of Film and Literature Classification

Unique statutory role – Deputy Chief Censor

CLOSED  24 July 2020
New Zealand Lottery Grants Board   CLOSED  29 March 2020
Archives Council  CLOSED
 23 March 2020
Community Trusts  CLOSED 14 February 2020
Chief Gambling Commissioner CLOSED 18 October 2019
Library and Information Advisory Commission (LIAC) CLOSED 4 October 2019 
Development Contributions Commissioners CLOSED 25 October 2019 
Charities Registration Board  CLOSED 15 September 2019 
Winston Churchill Memorial Trust
  • Nomination Form
  • Candidate Information
CLOSED 28 August 2019

Recent Appointments

The most recent appointments were:

Appointments to community trusts

Hon Grant Robertson, Minister of Finance, has approved a series of appointments and reappointments to community trusts. The new terms of appointment begin on 7 September 2020:

Community trust

Appointee

Type of appointment

Foundation North

Melanie Hewitson

Reappointment

Pramjit Rai (Jeet) Suchdev QSM JP

New appointment

Walter Wells

New appointment

Trust Waikato Huirama Matatahi New appointment
Jacob Quinn New appointment
Parmindar Singh New appointment
Metua Tangaroa-Daniel-Malietoa New appointment

Bay Trust

Sara Carley

New appointment

Tane Phillips

New appointment

TSB Community Trust

Sophie Braggins

New appointment

Harvey Dunlop

Reappointment

Liana Poutu

New appointment

Eastern and Central Community Trust

Thomas Hullena MNZM

New appointment

Hilary Humphrey

New appointment

Rena Kohere

New appointment

Robyn (Gail) Munro JP

New appointment

Whanganui Community Trust

Annette Main ONZM

New appointment

Jeffrey (Jeff) Whitlock

New appointment

Wellington Community Trust

Stephen Flude

New appointment

Simone Workman / Sippola

Reappointment

Rātā Foundation

Dr Sharon Gemmell MNZM JP

New appointment

Antonina (Toni) Grant

Reappointment

Michael Bendall

New appointment

David Jessep

New appointment

Glenn Livingstone

New appointment

Community Trust of Mid and South Canterbury

Mark Adams

New appointment

Pauline-Jean (Pauline) Luyten

New appointment

Gail Thompson

New appointment

Otago Community Trust

Dr Michael Stevens

New appointment

Raewyn Van Gool

New appointment

Rebecca Williams

New appointment

Community Trust South

Louise Fowler

New appointment

Kirsty Pickett

New appointment

 

Archives Council / Te Rua Wānanga

Hon Tracey Martin, Minister of Internal Affairs, has appointed Aroha Chamberlain, and reappointed Dougal McKechnie, to the Archives Council / te Rua Wānanga (the Council). Ms Chamberlain’s three-year term will begin on 13 July 2020.

Mr McKechnie has been appointed to a second term starting on the same date. Ms Chamberlain will bring additional knowledge of mātauranga Māori in archival and libraries settings to the Council. Mr McKechnie will continue to provide deep knowledge on digital information management. Ms Chamberlain replaces Anna Blackman who has completed six years’ service on the Council.

New Zealand Lottery Grants Board

The Governor-General has reappointed Maxine Shortland, and appointed Sumati Govind, as members of the New Zealand Lottery Grants Board. Ms Shortland has been reappointed for a three-year term. Ms Govind has been appointed until July 2021 to complete the term of a former member who resigned.

Both Ms Govind’s and Ms Shortland’s terms of office will begin on 20 July 2020. Ms Govind from the Hutt Valley, brings extensive community and financial knowledge to the Board.

Office of Film and Literature Classification

Hon Tracey Martin, Minister of Internal Affairs, has reappointed David Shanks as Chief Censor and Chief Executive of the Office of Film and Literature Classification. Mr Shanks has been reappointed for a two-year term beginning on 8 May 2020. Mr Shanks was first appointed as Chief Censor in 2017.

Library and Information Advisory Commission

Vanisa Dhiru appointed to the Library and Information Advisory Commission:

Hon Tracey Martin, Minister of Internal Affairs, has appointed Vanisa Dhiru to the Library and Information Advisory Commission (LIAC) for a three-year term beginning on 9 March 2020.

Ms Dhiru works as a Community Manager for InternetNZ and brings a valuable digital perspective to LIAC. She has a diverse leadership background in the not-for-profit sector and has served on several governance and advisory boards.

Ms Dhiru replaces Matthew Oliver, whose term ended in December 2019.

Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Board

Everdina Fuli and Bradley Watson appointed to the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Board:

Her Excellency, Rt Hon Dame Patsy Reddy, the Governor-General of New Zealand, has appointed Everdina Fuli and Bradley Watson to the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Board.

Ms Fuli has been appointed to a term ending in June 2023, and Mr Watson has been appointed to a term ending in December 2021. Both terms of office begin on 1 January 2020.

Charities Registration Board

Gwendoline Keel appointed to the Charities Registration Board:

Hon Poto Williams, Minister for the Community and Voluntary Sector, has appointed Gwendoline Keel to the Charities Registration Board.

Ms Keel works as a legal advisor to Te Whakakitenga o Waikato Incorporated which is the post-settlement governance entity of the Waikato iwi. She has extensive experience as a lawyer and knowledge of the charities sector.

Ms Keel replaces Simon Karipa and will take up her role on 9 December 2019 for a term ending on 25 November 2022.

Board of Fire and Emergency New Zealand

Gwendoline Tepania-Palmer appointed to the Board Fire and Emergency New Zealand:

Hon Tracey Martin, Minister of Internal Affairs has appointed Gwendoline Tepania-Palmer to the Board of Fire and Emergency New Zealand for a three-year term beginning on 9 September 2019.

Ms Tepania-Palmer is an experienced state sector director. She has served extended periods as an appointed member of the Auckland and the Waitemata District Health Boards and has served on the National Health Committee and the Health Quality and Safety Commission.

Ms Tepania-Palmer has extensive links to Māori communities and professional groups. She has been a member of the Māori Doctors Association, the National Council of Māori Nurses, and has been involved in primary health organisations and Māori health providers. She was the former Chair of the Ngāti Hine Health Trust.

Ms Tepania-Palmer also brings community-based knowledge of first responder services to her new role.

Film and Literature Board of Review

Appointments to the Film and Literature Board of Review - new terms ending in 2022:

Hon Tracey Martin, Minister of Internal Affairs has reappointed Nigel Dunlop, Dr Tom Brown and Dr Waikaremoana (Moana) Waitoki and the appointment of Susan Rowe, Thomas (Tom) Turton and Lillian (Lizzie) Marvelly as members of the Film and Literature Board of Review for three-year terms.  The new terms begin on 20 September 2019.

The Board is a statutory appeal body, established under section 91 of the Films, Videos and Publications Act 1993. It is responsible for reviewing appeals about classification decisions made by the Office of Film and Literature Classification. 

Hon Tracey Martin has also written to Jeff Sissions, Janet Peters and Gillian Ferguson thanking them for the contributions to the work of the Board.

Board of Fire and Emergency New Zealand

Appointments of the Chair and Deputy Chair of the Board of Fire and Emergency New Zealand:

Hon Tracey Martin, Minister of Internal Affairs has reappointment Hon Paul Swain QSO as Chair of the Board of Fire and Emergency New Zealand for a two-year term beginning on 7 June 2019.

The Minister has also appointed Rebecca Keoghan MNZM as a new Board member and as Deputy Chair. Ms Keoghan has been appointed for a three-year term beginning on 7 June 2019.

Lottery Gra

Ms Keoghan brings diverse governance experience, expertise in health and safety and first responder issues from a rural perspective, to her new role.

Hon Tracey Martin has also acknowledged the work of Dr Nicola Crauford and Peter Drummond who have now ended their terms on the Board.

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