State sector board appointments

In New Zealand, there are over 2,600 ministerial appointments to more than 400 boards, and they are administered by around 20 different agencies on behalf of the various responsible ministers.

The following lists (updated as at January 2018) provide some useful links if you are interested in state sector board appointments.

Although most state sector board appointments ultimately go through Cabinet, via the Appointments and Honours Committee (APH), each Minister and agency runs their own process up to that point, subject to Cabinet requirements.  Note that not all state sector board appointments are straight governance roles – some may be more oriented toward decision-making, or toward representation.

Agencies with board appointment web pages (link to relevant pages)

Other agencies that administer board appointments or make nominations (link to agency home page)

Other useful links for state sector board appointments

Other information about state sector board appointments

Local government business governance is another option

Council-controlled organisations (CCOs) also seek appointed board members. CCOs are majority owned by local councils and many are significant businesses.  Details can be found on most council websites.  For example:


State sector board appointments are now very popular:  There can be well over a hundred applicants for the more interesting roles.  And the quality of applicants is high:  Even just getting down to a reasonable sized shortlist can require passing over people who are quite appointable.  This is despite the monetary remuneration being relatively modest for most roles.

My suggestions are:

  • Develop your profile and credentials to demonstrate that you are credible and serious as a potential board member.
  • Understand what state sector governance is all about, and do your homework on the particular entity and board for which you are applying.
  • Read the role description to ensure that you are in the ballpark of skills being sought, and tailor your pitch accordingly.  Be clear about what value you would add to that particular board.
  • Don’t be surprised about a relatively long elapsed time between submitting an application and getting feedback on the outcome.
  • Don’t take missing out on a role as a personal affront.  Even if you fully met the role description, there may well have been several other applicants at least as ideal as you.