FAQs – Governance and Boards

Answers to some common questions about nominations and governance appointments are provided for your information. If you have a question that is not listed here, please contact us at [email protected].

How much time is involved?
This depends on the board in question. It is common for boards to meet for a half or whole day each month. Preparation time might add another one to two days work per month.

What are my chances of being appointed?
It depends on how well your skills and experience match that of the position. A single vacancy can receive 100 nominations. Several government agencies may provide nominations, as well as non-government organisations. Some positions are also advertised on social media channels and newspapers inviting people to apply directly.

How can I increase my chances?
Talk to people who have held governance roles and become familiar with the responsibilities and commitment required.
Seek training opportunities for example, the Institute of Directors https://www.iod.org.nz/ runs governance courses.
Become involved in governance roles in local community organisations or professional associations and build your way up to regional and national level roles. For example, you may consider standing for your childrens schools board of trustees, or the board of a local community organisation. Keep an eye out for upcoming appointments that interest you.

The Ministry’s Nominations Service can only work with the information you provide, so it is essential that you complete all parts of our CV requirements form.

What happens to my application form?
The information on your form is stored in our database.
When the Ministry nominates you for a role, we send a copy of your details to the appointing agency and possibly to Ministerial Offices that are involved in the appointments process.

How often (and why) can I expect to hear from the Ministry?
We may be in contact if we receive nominations requests that matches your skills and experience. We will also be in contact to invite you to directly apply for nominations opportunities that may be available on other Appointing Organisations websites.
(for example with the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment).
We will also be in contact if we require your updated CV.
We will be in contact at least every 6 months or more regularly depending on the type of nominations requests we receive.

When should I update my details?
Contact us as soon as the information on your CV changes, but particularly if your contact details change, otherwise we will not be able to contact you if a suitable position becomes available.

Should I define my special interests?
Yes. We are always happy to hear from people on our database who express an interest in a particular Board or portfolio as this information helps us identify suitable vacancies for you.

I am a Public Servant. Can I be appointed to a Board?
We do not appoint Public Servants to government boards and committees, unless they have a specific skillset required that cannot be provided by candidates outside the public service.

How long will I serve on a Board?
Most appointment terms are for three to five years.

Will I be paid?
Most positions on boards pay meeting fees, and most reimburse travel expenses. It is important to consider the commitment and financial cost of an appointment before you agree to it.

Which other government agencies operate nominations services?
We are one of several government agencies who nominate people for positions on government boards and committees:

  • Ministry of Maori Development (Te Puni Kokiri)
  • Ministry for Women
  • Office of Ethnic Communities
  • Office for Disability Issues
  • Ministry of Consumer Affairs

For further information, contact:

Nominations Service
Ministry for Pacific Peoples
P O Box 833
Wellington 6140
Email: [email protected]
Tel: (04) 4734493