The Government has an expectation that state sector boards are representative of the diversity and demographic make-up of New Zealand, including ethnicity, gender, age and geographic location.

The Office of Ethnic Communities maintains a database of suitably qualified people from within our mandated ethnic communities, who want to be considered for appointment to State sector boards and committees.

Our mandated communities include migrants, refugees, long-term settlers, and those born in New Zealand who identify their ethnicity as:

  • African
  • Asian
  • Continental European
  • Latin American
  • Middle Eastern

Registering with our Nominations Service provides potential opportunities to contribute to the future decision making of New Zealand’s public sector agencies.

The Nominations Service supports the Office of Ethnic Communities' Focus Area 3: Increasing active citizenship of people in ethnic communities.

The Office of Ethnic Communities Nominations Service Brochure (PDF -0.98mb)

  • Skills required

    Before registering for our Nominations Service, check your suitability using the checklist below. 1. Do you have experience as a Chief Executive or Senior Manager in a commercial, professional or community organisation? 2. Have you been a chair or president of a community group?...

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  • Belonging to a board

    The purpose of a board is to provide leadership and direction and devise strategy for the organisation. Members of a board focus on the high-level planning for a business or entity, rather than the day to day operations. The board must ensure that:...

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  • Register with us

    Email a completed registration form and a Microsoft Word copy of your current governance CV to oecnominate@dia. govt. nz. Our team will review your documents and contact you to discuss the next steps.

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  • Current board vacancies

    Listed below are the state sector board positions currently under consideration. If you apply for one of these vacancies, please let us know so we can notify the responisble government agency that the Office of Ethnic Communities supports your application....

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  • Frequently asked questions

    Answers to some questions about the Office of Ethnic Communities' Nominations Service and governance appointments are provided for your information. If you have a question that is not listed here, contact us at oecnominate@dia....

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  • Spotlight on our candidates

    A range of our candidates share their experiences on their governance journey. Read what inspires them and what you can learn from them. Ming-Chun Wu

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