Jobs for the boys (and yes, jobs for the girls, too)

When Ethnic Communities Minister Jenny Salesa announced the Cabinet decision to have ethnicity data collected for candidates appointed to State sector boards and committees, she said the government every year makes appointments to 429 state sector boards and committees.

These appointments were made in the past week, according to Point of Order’s monitoring of Beehive press statements.   


Kua whakatū anō a Robin Hapi ki Te Mātāwai

Māori Development Minister Nanaia Mahuta reappointed Robin Hapi to the board of Te Mātāwai, the independent statutory entity charged with supporting te reo Māori revitalisation in homes and communities on behalf of iwi.  After serving on the board for the past two years, he is being reappointed for a three-year term.  He is chairman of the Council of Te Wānanga-o-Raukawa, deputy chairman of Callaghan Innovation, a member of Te Pou Matakana (the North Island commissioning agency for Whanau Ora), and chairman of the Maori Economic Development Advisory Board.  The press statement steers readers to more information about Te Mātāwai   HERE, Maihi Māori HERE, and Maihi Karauna  HERE. 


Drug Free Sport New Zealand board appointments

Sport and Recreation Minister Grant Robertson announced the appointment of sports medicine practitioner Dr Ruth Highet to the board of Drug Free Sport New Zealand. Dr Highet, a former New Zealand triathlon representative, was team doctor at two Commonwealth Games (in 1994 and 1998) and two Olympic Games (1996 and 2000). She is a past medical director of Bike NZ, NZ Gold, Softball NZ and Equestrian NZ.  She  replaces Dr John Mayhew and joins reappointed members Sarah Ulmer, Tim Castle and chairman Justice Warwick Gendall QC.  Keven Mealamu completes the five-member board.


Appointments to the Eden Park Trust Board

Sport and Recreation Minister Grant Robertson announced Renata Blair and Victoria Toon have been ‘selected’ as Crown-appointed trustees to the Eden Park Trust Board for terms of three years. The Crown appoints five of the nine board trustees. The board is accountable for the park’s financial and strategic management.

The new appointees succeed outgoing members Morris Pita and Michelle Boag.

Blair, of Ngāti Whātua and Tainui descent, is a member of the Institute of Directors and owner of Strategic Pathways Ltd, a large scale events management company. He is an elected member of the Ngāti Whātua Orākei Trust, a director of the Ngāti Whātua Orākei Reserves Board and a member of the Independent Māori Statutory Board. He is also a trustee for the Wynton Rufer Soccer School of Excellence Charitable Trust set-up to develop world-class soccer players.

Toon, a chartered accountant, chairs the Auckland Public Practice Special Interest Group of Chartered Accountants Australia & New Zealand. She is the owner and director of Auckland insolvency firm Corporate Restructuring Ltd, specialising in the insolvency and restructuring of small to medium-sized enterprises. Since 2007 she has been a member of the Eden Park Residents Association and has been involved in the trust’s work to engage with local residents.


Guardians of Lakes Manapouri, Monowai and Te Anau appointed

Conservation Minister Eugenie Sage announced appointments to Guardians of Lakes Manapouri, Monowai and Te Anau, a statutory body established under the Conservation Act 1987 and supported by the Department of Conservation, Te Anau Area Office.  Both Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu nominees, Sandra Cook and Jane Kitson, were appointed, along with Laurel Teirney, of Dunedin.  Bill Jarvie, of Te Anau, was reappointed as a guardian. The eight guardians advise the Minister on matters arising from environmental, ecological and social impacts of the power schemes on these lakes, as well as advising on the operating guidelines for the lakes.

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