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.

This enables government ministers to wield substantial power in making board appointments and creates a perception that appointments are a form of political patronage.

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 …

17 OCTOBER 2018

Dame Annette King to attend Asia Europe Meeting Summit

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced Dame Annette King will attend the 12th Asia Europe Meeting (ASEM) Leaders’ Summit as the Prime Minister’s Special Envoy in Brussels on 18-19 October. New Zealand was one of 53 members represented at the summit. Dame Annette also met with members of the European Parliament, including in support of New Zealand’s continuing free trade agreement negotiations with the European Union.

18 OCTOBER 2018

Commerce Commission appointments

Commerce and Consumer Affairs Minister Kris Faafoi announced the reappointments of Sue Begg and Elisabeth Welson as members of the Commerce Commission and the appointment of a new associate member, John Crawford.

Begg will continue as deputy chairperson of the commission until 2021, while Welson will continue as a member until 2020.

Crawford has worked at senior levels across the public and private sectors and brings extensive commercial and regulatory experience in key sectors relevant to the commission’s work.

The commission is New Zealand’s competition, consumer, and economic regulation agency, responsible for enforcing laws relating to competition, fair trading, and consumer credit contracts, and has regulatory responsibilities in the energy, telecommunications, dairy and airport sectors.

Begg has been a member since 2009 and deputy chair since 2010. She is an economist and director of the consultancy company Impetus Group Limited. Her previous roles include vice-president and head of the economic advisory unit of the investment banking division of Credit Suisse First Boston NZ Limited (and its predecessor companies) and manager of the macroeconomic policy section at the Treasury. She leads the commission’s regulatory responsibilities in respect of the electricity lines, gas pipelines, dairy and airport sectors, and plays an important role in the Commission’s competition work programme.

Welson was an associate member of the commission between 2012 and 2013, and has been a full member since 2013. She is a lawyer and a former senior commercial Partner at Simpson Grierson. She has expertise in the fields of competition, consumer and regulatory law, as well as general commercial and governance experience. She is involved in a wide range of work across the commission, including its preparation for implementing a new regulatory framework for telecommunications under the Telecommunications (New Regulatory Framework) Amendment Bill.

Crawford has  substantial commercial and regulatory experience in key sectors such as electricity, energy and telecommunications. He was recently the chief executive of Auckland Council Investments Limited. He has held senior management roles at the Treasury, Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, and New Zealand Trade and Enterprise, as well as commercial entities. His advisory experience includes resolving complex commercial issues, corporate strategy and finance, public policy, business case development, enhancing business performance and large scale project management.

18 OCTOBER 2018

PM’s Business Advisory Council membership announced

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced “a diverse cross section of leaders from the business community” will form her Business Advisory Council to advise the Government as it works on building a productive, sustainable and inclusive economy. The council is expected to meet three times a year with the Prime Minister and her representatives.

Council members are

Christopher Luxon (Chair)

Air New Zealand

Peter Beck

Rocket Lab

Barbara Chapman

Professional director (started as Genesis Chair on 10 Oct)

Jacqui Coombes


Anna Curzon


Andrew Grant

McKinsey & Company

Miles Hurrell


Bailey Mackey

Pango Productions

David McLean


Joc O’Donnell

HW Richardson

Gretta Stephens

Bluescope/NZ Steel

Rachel Taulelei


Fraser Whineray


Is diversity more important to the PM than ability?  Point of Order readers can check the appointees’ credentials  HERE.


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