Board appointments

The Minister of Health has statutory responsibility for appointment of members to a range of statutory authorities, including Crown entities, district health boards (DHBs), professional regulatory bodies and ministerial health committees.

Current vacancies

Board appointments are important governance roles where board members can make a real difference.

The Ministry of Health runs two recruitment drives during the year to source candidates for current and upcoming statutory board vacancies. The first recruitment drive ended in April 2021. Ad hoc vacancies may be advertised in the interim.

Currently we are seeking candidates for the Regulated Products Appeals Committee.

Recent appointments

Information for applicants

The Ministry helps responsible ministers identify candidates with the required skills and experience for a board role. As well as meeting essential competencies for the position, board members must appreciate the Crown’s role as a key party.

In making yourself available to be considered for appointment, please ensure that:

  • there is nothing that would preclude your appointment
  • you have considered and fully declared any conflicts of interest you may have
  • you are available to serve for a full term of up to three years.

Before applying, please also check the information for each vacancy to learn about the specific requirements for the position you are interested in.

By submitting your application, you are declaring that all information supplied in your application is correct. Incorrect, incomplete or misleading information will render the application invalid and may result in the revocation of any appointment made.

There are often a large number of candidates for each vacancy. The decision about which candidate will be appointed for any vacancy will be made by the Minister of Health. Please be aware that the appointment process is likely to continue for several months after the closing date for applications.

Diversity of board members

The government expects statutory boards to represent the diversity and demographic make-up of New Zealand, including gender, ethnicity, age and geographic location.

How can you register interest outside of the recruitment drives?

The Ministry of Health will not be accepting applications or expressions of interest between recruitment drives. However, some government agencies do accept registrations of interest from people from diverse backgrounds in order to ensure a diverse pool of candidates across various government appointments.

If you have the relevant skills and experience and are interested in serving on a board, we recommend you register with any of the following nominating agencies:

As ministers seek nominations from a range of sources, a nomination may not necessarily result in the appointment of any particular person.

If you have any questions or require any further information, please contact the Appointments team.

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