Ngati Kahungunu Iwi Incorporated aims to increase the number of Kahungunu leaders and decision makers on governance boards and committees.
The Ngati Kahungunu Iwi Incorporated ‘Nominations Service’ involves the maintenance of a database of Kahungunu members with relevant skills and experience, which is used to identify potential candidates for specific positions on governing boards. The Nominations Service is used to improve Ngati Kahungunu Iwi's leadership, identify capacity and imporove our representation on governing boards. Nominations are considered by the agencies or organisations responsible for those appointments.
Most organisations including those managed by the government, are run by a board of directors. The board of directors provide governanace for the organisation. It ensures that the organisation is well-run, financially sound, and compliant with relevant legislation.
The board does not manage the organisation, this is done by a Management Team. The members of a board of directors need to possess certain knowledge, experience, skills and attributes such as:
- Personal qualities (integrity, honesty, leadership, courage, commitment, good judgement)
- Specialist knowledge or experience, for example experience in running a business, working in a particular profession, or working with specific community
- An understanding of the responsibilities of board directors, including legal obligations
Types of Boards
There are four general types of boards:
- Commercial boards for state owned businesses and organisations that have commercial and non commercial functions. Typically these organisations manage multi million dollar budgets.
- Quasi-judicial boards, such as the Advertising Standards Complaints Board or the Human Rights Review Tribunal.
- Professional boards such as the Nurses Council and the Electrical Workers Registration Board.
- Community boards, such as the Community Trusts, Conservation Boards and Lotteries Distribution Committees.
What to expect if you are appointed to a Board
Being a member of a board is a big responsibility. You need to:
- Have time to devote to the role
- Play an active role in meetings - contribute, ask questions, request more information, and challenge the korero
- Maintain high standards of conduct
- Understand the issues facing the organisation
If you are interested in becoming a director there are a number of things you can do to prepare:
- Review your own performance standard
- Understand and know your skills - What relevant skills can you contribute?
- Research the governance role, responsibilities and requirements
- Gain governance experience at a community association level
- Build your networks
- Improve your financial skills
The Nominations Process
- The Nominations Service receives a request from an appointing agency such as the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Health or the Department of Conservation.
- The request details the skills, and criteria required for the appointment.
- Ngati Kahungunu Iwi Incorporated searches our database to find people who fit the criteira spcified by the appointing agency.
- We contact these people and discuss their interest in the role
- We send a list of nominees to the appointing agency accompanied by relevant information
- Nominations are considered by the agencies responsible for the appointments.
- Contact is made with individuals directly from the responsible agency.
Self Evaluation Check
Do I have enough governance experience in a business, community or relevant professional group? Yes/No
Experience could include involvement on the following:
- Statutory board or committee
- Private sector board of directors
- Local or regional council
- Regulatory body
- Trust board
- Community board
- Iwi or runanga committee/board
- School committee/board
- Executive committee
- Church committee
Do I have experience as a Chief Executive or senior manager in a business, community organisation or relevant professional group?
Do I have leadership experience in a community or service group?
Do I have the right qualifications or work experience? For example:
- Chartered Accountant
- Financial Manager
- Business people
- School Teachers
- Community Leader
How to register with the Nominations Service
Click here to download a nominations database form
Ngati Kahungunu Iwi Incorporated
304 Fitzroy Avenue
PO Box 2406
Phone: 06 8762718
Toll free: 0800 524 864
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