The Government wants public sector boards to represent the diversity and demographic make-up of New Zealand. This includes ethnicity, gender, age and geographic location.

We maintain a database of qualified people from within our ethnic communities. Where appropriate we recommend these people for Public sector boards and committees.

Our ethnic 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

Do you want to contribute to the future decision making of New Zealand’s public service? Register with our service.

  • 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 financial oversight and strategic direction 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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  • The nominations and appointments process

    When a role becomes available, we provide suitable nominees to the government agencies. Those agencies appoint to Public sector boards. We identify the candidates who meet the criteria for the role. We then make contact with them to confirm their interest in role....

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  • Register with us

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

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  • Frequently asked questions

    Answers to some questions about the our Nominations Service and governance appointments are provided for your information. If you have a question that is not listed here, contact us at nominate@ethniccommunities. govt. nz. How does the Nominations Service work?...

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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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