Ministerial appointments monitor – jobs for the boys (and 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.

As Transparency International has pointed out (something which observers widely recognise), government ministers wield substantial power in making board appointments, creating a perception that appointments are a form of political patronage.

Information on the requirements and processes for considering appointments (and reappointments) can be found HERE and the standard process for appointments is outlined  HERE. 

Point of Order’s weekly monitoring of Beehive press statements to learn who has been favoured by ministerial appointments in the past week shows this …

1 OCTOBER 2018

Sir Michael Cullen appointed as new chair of EQC

Earthquake Commission Minister Megan Woods announced the appointment of former Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Finance and New Zealand Post chair Sir Michael Cullen as chair of the EQC.   Among the challenges:  replenishing the Natural Disaster Fund, which has been drained by the Canterbury and Kaikoura earthquakes, planning for a response to greater frequency of extreme weather events, and finishing the job of resolving outstanding claims.

Here’s hoping the challenge doesn’t distract him unduly from the job of chairing the Government’s Tax Working Group.

He succeeds outgoing interim chair Dame Annette King, whose next job is bound to be recorded here soon…

2 OCTOBER 2018

Wool Working Group announced

Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor announced the Wool Working Group had met for the first time to discuss how it will “seize all possible opportunities to create a more sustainable and profitable sector“. The group comprises 20 wool producers, processors and other industry representatives:

Derrick Milton, chairman of the Wool Research Organisation of New Zealand Board (WRONZ);

Colin McKenzie, CEO of Carrfields Primary Wool and NZYarns;

Kate Ackland, strong wool farmer;

Rob Ford, Pamu, general manager Innovation and Technology;

Sandra Faulkner, strong wool farmer;

Miles Anderson, chair of Federated Farmers meat and wool section;

Simon Williamson, fine wool farmer;

Nicole Oliver, PhD student – Lincoln University;

Alan MacDonald, Pamu Farms farmer representative;

Andy Cooper, Science Impact Leader – Wool Products & Supply – Food & Bio-based Products – AgResearch;

Janette Osborne, strong wool farmer;

Paul Alston, CEO Cavalier Bremworth;

Gretchen Foster, Manager of Strategic Projects, NZ Merino Company;

Mark Barrowcliffe, President, New Zealand Shearing Contractors Association;

Mark Shadbolt, Wools of New Zealand – chairman;

Grant Edwards, general manger, PGG Wrightson;

Paul Ensor, fine wool farmer;

Gerry Smith, product development director – Wonder Wool;

Craig Smith, past chair of the CfWNZInc, GM of Devold Wool Direct and EXCOM committee member, IWTO;

Peter Whiteman, president of the NZ Wool Exporters Council and Managing Director of Segard Masurel (NZ) Ltd.

2 OCTOBER 2018

New appointments to the Human Rights Commission

Justice Minister Andrew Little announced the appointments of human rights advocate and lawyer Professor Paul Hunt as Chief Human Rights Commissioner and of Dr Saunoamaali’i Karanina Sumeo as Equal Employment Opportunities Commissioner.

Professor Hunt joins the Human Rights Commission from Essex University in Britain but had previously served with the United Nations in several roles, including as a special rapporteur.

Dr Sumeo joins the commission from Oranga Tamariki.

Paula Tesoriero, who served for leading the Commission as Acting Chief Commissioner after David Rutherford resigned in May, will return to her substantive role as Disability Rights Commissioner when Professor Hunt takes up his new position.

There’s one more job up for grabs. The Minister said the final vacant commissioner position will be filled in the coming weeks. He further said the process and panels used to appoint commissioners is independent and complies with the Paris Principles.

The leaders of all political parties represented in Parliament (Little said) were consulted.

4 OCTOBER 2018

New Chair for WorkSafe New Zealand Board

Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Iain Lees-Galloway announced the appointment of Ross Wilson as chair of the WorkSafe New Zealand Board and the re-appointment of Dr Jan White as a member of the board. Both appointments are for three-year terms.

Wilson has been deputy chair of the WorkSafe New Zealand Board since its establishment in 2013, and is currently Acting Chair. He is a former president of the New Zealand Council of Trade Unions and is a lawyer who has specialised in employment, workplace health and safety law, and mediation.

He is of Scottish and Ngāi Tahu descent and has had governance experience as director of the Port of Wellington, KiwiRail, New Zealand Railways Corporation, and as a prior director and Chair of the Accident Compensation Corporation.

For the past 10 years, he has been involved in international development work and was Chief Technical Adviser for the International Labour Organisation in Myanmar from 2012-13. He is chair of the Unions Aotearoa International Development Trust, the Major Arc Media Trust and the Education Benevolent Society.

He has published articles on occupational health and safety and accident compensation.

White was first appointed to the WorkSafe Board in May 2016. She has worked in medical and general management for over 25 years in both Australia and New Zealand and is currently on the board of Pharmac.

Previously, she was the Chief Executive of ACC for five years, the chief executive of Waikato District Health Board/Health Waikato and a founding executive member of the New Zealand Business Leaders Forum on Health and Safety.

She has been a member of a wide range of governance bodies including trusts, cooperative societies and subsidiaries of Crown entities.

Lees-Galloway said “she has strong commercial acumen with the ability to quickly identify key business drivers and issues with a focus on optimisation of value for money”.  She also has extensive knowledge of the workings of large organisations and strong working experience of the boundaries between governance and management.

She continues to consult, predominantly in the health sector, in both New Zealand and Australia.

4 OCTOBER 2018

New chair appointed to the New Zealand Story Advisory Board

Economic Development Minister David Parker announced the appointment of Paul Brock as chair of the New Zealand Story Advisory Board.

The what?

You read it correctly. The New Zealand Story Advisory Board.

Brock was the Kiwibank Group chief executive from 2010 to 2017 and has a background in governance, management, brand development and marketing. He succeeds Cameron Harland.

Brock’s appointment is for a three-year term to September 30 2021.

The NZ Story Advisory Board purpose is to ensure there is a coordinated private/public sector approach to the development of an overarching “New Zealand Story” and the protection of the New Zealand brand. The Board has four private sector members (Paul Brock, Dame Julie Christie, Richard Te Hurinui Jones, and Stephen M. Smith) and six ex-officio departmental Chief Executives as members.

You can learn more about it HERE.

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