Crown entity and other statutory board appointments

We manage the process of appointments to a number of Crown entities, statutory boards and advisory groups on behalf of the responsible Ministers. These are important governance roles where members can make a real difference to education in New Zealand.

Current board appointments

New Zealand National Commission for the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)

Roles available: 2 members

Terms are for 3 years from November 2019, with the possibility of reappointment.

Apply online for the roles with the National Commission for UNESCO (external link)

Opening date for applications: Thursday 1 August 2019

Closing date: Friday 23 August 2019

Location: Wellington

Commitment required: 15 - 30 days per annum

Remuneration: $8,700 per annum (currently $4,350 based on 15 days). Any extra is claimable at a daily rate of $299

Reasonable and actual travel and other expenses related to board duties will be paid.

New Zealand National Commission for UNESCO Constitution 2012 [PDF, 132 KB]

About the National Commission for UNESCO

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) is the United Nations agency with responsibility for promoting cooperative action between member states in the areas of education, science, culture, social science (including peace and human rights) and communication and information.

The National Commission is the main channel of cooperation between New Zealand and UNESCO. It fulfils New Zealand’s obligations as a member state, manages New Zealand’s relationship with UNESCO, maintains activities in support of the UNESCO mandate and provides advice to Government on UNESCO matters.

There are six National Commissioners comprising a Chair and five specialist members in the fields of Education, National Sciences, Culture, Social and Human Sciences and Communication and Information.

Current appointments

We are seeking to appoint a Commissioner for Natural Sciences and a Commissioner for Communication and Information.

We are interested in:

  • Your interest and/or experience in board governance
  • Your expertise in the relevant field as it pertains to UNESCO
  • Your ability to perform the roles and responsibilities of a Commissioner according to the New Zealand National Commission for UNESCO Constitution
  • Other knowledge skills, personal attributes and experience you have that would be relevant

Please provide the names and contact details of two referees who can attest to your knowledge and experience required for this position. Please note that referees should not be Ministry of Education employees.

Commissioner attributes

Commissioners will have relevant expertise, such as:

  • proven skills and expertise, professional standing and established contacts and networks in the relevant UNESCO programme areas (natural science and communication and information)
  • experience in working across and between sectors
  • governance and financial acumen
  • international experience and/or empathy with the ideals of the United Nations
  • an understanding of the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi and its implications for the work of the National Commission
  • a commitment to  a strong multi-cultural society.

More information about the National Commission (external link)

Apply online for the roles with the National Commission for UNESCO (external link)

Board appointments process

We assist responsible Ministers in identifying candidates who have the required skills and experience for a board role.

In general, board members must have an appreciation of the Crown's role as the key stakeholder, as well as meeting key competencies that apply to the position.

Boards also need to represent the diversity and demographic make-up of New Zealand. To ensure this we encourage individuals as well as government agencies, community organisations and industry bodies to submit nominations.

Board appointments we assist with

Education New Zealand website (external link)

Teaching Council of Aotearoa New Zealand website (external link)

New Zealand National Commission for UNESCO website (external link)

New Zealand Council for Educational Research website (external link)

New Zealand Qualifications Authority website (external link)

The Correspondence School — Te Kura website (external link)

Tertiary Education Commission website (external link)

Pacific Education Foundation

Ōtaki and Porirua Trusts Board website (external link)

Ngārimu VC and 28th Māori Battalion Memorial Scholarship Fund Board

Ministerial Advisory Groups

We also assist with appointments to a number of Ministerial Advisory Groups.

Statutory appointments are made by the responsible Minister, or the Governor-General on the recommendation of the responsible Minister. The Minister must present candidates to the Cabinet Appointment and Honours Committee.

Cabinet Appointment and Honours Committee — Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet website (external link)

If you've been nominated for a position, the outcome of the process can't be confirmed until after appointments have been considered by the Cabinet Appointment and Honours Committee and Cabinet. This is likely to take up to 6 months from when your nomination was submitted.

Public servants aren't usually appointed to statutory boards.

Further information is available in the Cabinet Office circular CO(02) 5: Appointment of Public Servants to Statutory Boards.

Circular CO (02) 5 — Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet website (external link)


Board members are paid fees according to the board's roles and responsibilities.

Education Crown board fees are set by Ministers using the Cabinet Fees Framework.

Cabinet Fees Framework — Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet website (external link)

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