The 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.

That gives Ministers the opportunity to make appointments to an average eight public bodies a week.

Then there is the scope to dispense good cheer by announcing awards of various sorts.

Community and Voluntary Sector Minister Peeni Henare announced the awarding of some fellowships and Greater Christchurch Regeneration Minister Megan Woods announced the line-up of disaster recovery and regeneration experts who will speak at the Canterbury Earthquakes Recovery Symposium.

Woods said the the invitation list for the symposium is a cross-sector representation from across the country. As the event is invitation only, attendance will be no cost for participants.

So who will be picking up the tab and what will it cost?  Good question.

The week’s press statements included one item which portends an opportunity to reward a party colleague or old mate.  This was the announcement that the chair of New Zealand Post, Jane Taylor, is stepping down.

The job previously has been held by former National Party Divisional Chair Dr Ross Armstrong, former National Prime Minister Sir Jim Bolger and former Labour Finance Minister and deputy Prime Minister Sir Michael Cullen.

Here’s what our monitor found:

29 OCTOBER 2018

2019 Winston Churchill Fellowships

Community and Voluntary Sector Minister Peeni Henare announced the 2019 Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Fellowships, which help New Zealanders from all walks of life to travel overseas, research topics of significance and return with inspiration and experience that benefits their careers, communities and stakeholders.

More information on the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust can be found here.

The winners and their projects are set out here.  

31 OCTOBER 2018

NZ Post chair resigns

Finance Minister Grant Robertson announced he has accepted Jane Taylor’s resignation as chair of NZ Post.

Deputy chair Jacqueline (Jackie) Lloyd has been appointed NZ Post acting chair.


Media group renews focus on collaboration, Māori and Pacific People

Broadcasting, Communications and Digital Media Minister Kris Faafoi announced the Ministerial Advisory Group on Public Media’s terms of reference have been updated and two new appointments made.

Broadcaster Stacey Morrison and communications consultant Sarona Ai’ono-Iosefa have been added to the team and the Advisory Group’s role has been updated to advise the Minister on the funding of public media for Budget 2019 and to consider the capacity for more effective collaboration between public media agencies.

Radio host Stacey Morrison (Ngāi Tahu/Te Arawa) has been a television broadcaster, researcher, director and producer. She currently works on Te reo Māori special projects for Massey University, is a member of the Spark Foundation and the E-Tangata Trust Board. In 2012 she co-authored the Ngā Matakīrea Mainstream Māori Broadcasting report for NZ On Air and in 2013 was the researcher and author of Te Rāngai Kawariki report on children’s programming for Māori Television.

Born in Canterbury to Samoan parents, Sarona Ai’ono-Iosefa is a senior communications and stakeholder engagement consultant based in Wellington. With a background in journalism, she was a founding board member of the National Pacific Radio Trust (2002 to 2006) and more recently the stakeholder and communications lead for the Kaikoura Earthquake response and recovery.

The Advisory Group appointments are until 30 June 2019.

The statement included a note which said Kevin Malloy has been reappointed to the TVNZ Board for a further full term. He has experience in advertising, media buying, and digital convergence, has served as a director on the Breast Cancer Foundation, and is a director on the Kiwibank Board, The Dingle Foundation and the Halberg Foundation.


Speakers announced for Canterbury Earthquakes Recovery Symposium

Greater Christchurch Regeneration Minister Megan Woods announced a line-up of disaster recovery and regeneration experts who will speak at the Canterbury Earthquakes Recovery Symposium, a two-day forum announced earlier this year by Woods and Christchurch Mayor Lianne Dalziel.

Planned as a forum for sharing lessons for the future across all sectors involved in the recovery, the forum will feature cross-sector experts and representatives from the community.

Speakers and presenters include urban planner specialising in disaster recovery and catastrophe risk management, Dr Laurie Johnson; Christchurch NZ chief executive and former Press editor, Joanna Norris; academic researcher and designer, Barnaby Bennett; filmmaker, Gerard Smyth; and Ngāi Tahu chief executive, Arihia Bennett.

More than 300 participants have been invited to the symposium. These people are primarily leaders of organisations that could be impacted by future disasters, or involved in recovery efforts, Woods said.

UPDATE: This revises the original post, which overlooked Kris Faafoi’s announcement.


One thought on “The Ministerial Appointments Monitor – jobs for the boys (and jobs for the girls, too)

  1. The resignation of the Chair at New Zealand Post needs some elucidation. She stepped down as Chair 21 Oct and has now resigned entirely from the Board. Implication is she was not initially pushed… On the 21st Oct there were public stories about board disharmony which Grant Robertson said at the time he had not been briefed on. Given NZ Post owns a majority of Kiwibank what is going on? Does the bank need more capital? The market is saying yes? If so and if the Government won’t provide the support requested then it has to come from either its other shareholders, the Super Fund or ACC or from new shareholders. Scuttlebutt has the bank in need of capital, a very reluctant Government not yet enabling NZ Post to pay the “call” and the other shareholders saying if that is what is needed we can do it but this is business and we will need a larger shareholding and a say in what’s happening at the bank. Corporate reality meet Ministerial realpolitik?

    One wonders?


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