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

Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) Chair

On behalf of the Minister of Education, in accordance with Section 159D(2) of the Education Act 1989, we are seeking candidates for appointment to the role of Chair of the Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) to start in February 2020.

About the role

Roles available: 1

Term: 3 years from February 2020, with the possibility of reappointment.

Opening date for applications: Wednesday 11 September 2019.

Closing date: Monday 30 September 2019.

Location: Wellington.

Commitment required: 15 - 30 days per annum

Remuneration: $45,360 per annum based on based on an expected 50 days commitment for meeting attendance and other board business. Reasonable and actual travel and other expenses related to board duties will be paid.

We are looking for candidates with very strong governance and leadership skills, who will be able to lead the board through TEC’s implementation of the Reform of Vocational Education and the refreshed Tertiary Education Strategy.

Boards need to represent the diversity and demographic make-up of New Zealand. We encourage applications from women, Māori, Pacific and minority ethnic communities, candidates with disabilities and candidates who are based outside Auckland and Wellington.

How to apply

To apply for a role as the Chair of TEC, please email a current CV to by Monday 30 September 2019.

You can also use this email address if you would like further information about the role or the appointments process.

About TEC 

The Tertiary Education Commission leads the Government’s relationship with the tertiary education sector (including universities, institutes of technology and polytechnics, wānanga, private training establishments, industry training organisation and other providers of post-secondary education and training) and provides career services from education through to employment.

Each year, TEC invests over $3 billion in tertiary education and supporting the tertiary and careers system. They ensure New Zealanders are equipped with the knowledge and skills needed for lifelong success.

Please see (external link) for further information

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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