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The Department of Internal Affairs

The Department of Internal Affairs

Te Tari Taiwhenua

Building a safe, prosperous and respected nation


Appointments to Boards

The Crown Entity Monitoring and Appointments unit of the Department of Internal Affairs is responsible for appointments to the boards of select Crown entities and statutory bodies. For a complete list of the Crown entities and statutory bodies that the Department has responsibility for, see: Crown Entities, Statutory Bodies and Trusts


About Board Appointments

The Department collects nominations, undertakes a short-listing of candidates and recommends suitable candidate(s) to the relevant Minister who will select their preferred appointee(s). Final decisions are approved by Cabinet.

If you are interested in serving on a board, the Department recommends that you register with any of the following nominating agencies: 

Registering with a nominating agency does not mean your name will be put forward automatically to Ministers, as agencies select suitable candidates to forward for consideration based on the appointment criteria.

Note that Ministers seek nominations from a range of sources and that nominations may not necessarily result in the appointment of any particular person.

It is a general Cabinet policy that public servants are not appointed to statutory boards and other public bodies in which the Crown has an interest.

For further information, please contact us at

Pre-appointment Checks

The preferred candidate(s), and potentially other nominees, will be asked to provide declarations to the Department. This includes declaring any actual or perceived conflict of interest, or declaring any other matter that may make their appointment inappropriate. The Department may check the accuracy of any information relating to an application for appointment.