Current board vacancies

This page provides details of current vacancies for boards that we monitor on behalf of responsible ministers.

We are seeking expressions of interest for the board positions as set out below.


Commerce Commission Deputy Chairperson

Posted on: 20 July 2021
Application closes on: 5:00pm 19 August 2021
Location: New Zealand
Category: Board and Governance
Position Type: Ongoing – Part time

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On behalf of the Minister of Commerce and Consumer Affairs, the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment is seeking candidates who wish to be considered for appointment as the Deputy Chairperson of the Commerce Commission (the Commission).

On behalf of the Minister of Commerce and Consumer Affairs, the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment is seeking candidates who wish to be considered for appointment as the Deputy Chairperson of the Commerce Commission (the Commission).

The Commission is New Zealand's primary competition, consumer and economic regulation agency with a vision to make New Zealanders better off. The work of the Commission helps to ensure that markets work well and consumers and businesses are confident market participants.

As Deputy Chairperson you will have the opportunity to bring your extensive experience, knowledge, and expertise to the table and ensure high quality regulatory settings in the work the Commission does for the long-term benefit of consumers. As a core member of the Commission's Board, you will provide governance expertise to ensure decisions taken, including the strategic direction for the Commission, represent the interests of New Zealanders.

You will support the Chairperson in their role, substituting as Chairperson when required and, at times, acting as spokesperson on behalf of the Commission. You will provide leadership, motivation and guidance to Members of the Commission and form part of a high-performing team.

The Ministry is looking for candidates who have skills and experience relevant to the Commission's functions in competition, fair trading, consumer credit, and economic regulation, and are able to effectively contribute to the governance of the Commission.
In particular, candidates with one of the following specialist skills and expertise are sought:

  • a qualified economist, preferably with recognised expertise in regulatory economic analysis and/or competition economic analysis, and an understanding of a range of methods, models and techniques engaged in economic analysis in competition and/or regulatory settings; or
  • a qualified barrister or solicitor, preferably with recognised expertise in the laws relating to the Commission's economic regulatory work, competition, fair trading, consumer credit, and public law, and/or regulatory enforcement; or
  • other candidates with relevant analytical skills and experience may also be considered, including relevant industry, commerce, accountancy, public administration, or consumer experience.

Applications close at 8:00 am on Thursday 19 August 2021.

For enquiries about the position, please contact boardappointments@mbie.govt.nz.


Commerce Commission Member or Associate Member

Posted on: 20 July 2021
Application closes on: 5:00pm 19 August 2021
Location: New Zealand
Category: Board and Governance
Position Type: Ongoing – Part time

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On behalf of the Minister of Commerce and Consumer Affairs, the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment is seeking candidates who wish to be considered for appointment as a Member or Associate Member of the Commerce Commission (the Commission).

The Commission is New Zealand's primary competition, consumer and economic regulation agency with a vision to make New Zealanders better off. The work of the Commission helps to ensure that markets work well and consumers and businesses are confident market participants.

As a Member or Associate Member you will have the opportunity to bring your extensive experience, knowledge, and expertise to the table and ensure high quality regulatory settings in the work the Commission does for the long-term benefit of consumers. As a member of the Commission's Board, you will provide governance expertise to ensure decisions taken, including the strategic direction for the Commission, represent the interests of New Zealanders.

The Ministry is looking for candidates who have skills and experience relevant to the Commission's functions in competition, fair trading, consumer credit, and economic regulation, and are able to effectively contribute to the governance of the Commission.

In particular, candidates with one of the following specialist skills and expertise are sought:

  • a qualified economist, preferably with recognised expertise in regulatory economic analysis and/or competition economic analysis, and an understanding of a range of methods, models and techniques engaged in economic analysis in competition and/or regulatory settings; or
  • a qualified barrister or solicitor, preferably with recognised expertise in the laws relating to the Commission's economic regulatory work, competition, fair trading, consumer credit, and public law, and/or regulatory enforcement; or
  • other candidates with relevant analytical skills and experience may also be considered, including relevant industry, commerce, accountancy, public administration, or consumer experience.

Applications close at 8:00 am on Thursday 19 August 2021.

For enquiries about the position, please contact boardappointments@mbie.govt.nz(external link).


Lay Member of the High Court under the Commerce Act 1986 Vacancies

Posted on: 21 July 2021
Application closes on: 5:00pm 19 August 2021
Location: New Zealand
Category: Board and Governance
Position Type: Ongoing – Part time

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The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment is seeking candidates who wish to be considered for appointment to the pool of lay members under the Commerce Act 1986 for competition and regulatory cases. Multiple candidates may be appointed as a result of this search.

This is an ‘as required’ position. Once appointed to the pool, lay members may be considered for appointment to sit with a High Court judge to determine specified cases and appeals from Commerce Commission determinations. A lay member becomes a member of the Court for the purposes of the case. Lay members play a key role in ensuring that expert evidence on complex competition or regulation issues is properly understood, tested and assessed by the Court. A lay member must take an oath to faithfully and impartially perform the duties of their office.

At this time, the Ministry is looking for candidates who have expertise relevant to competition or regulatory cases or both. In particular, candidates with one of the following specialist skills and expertise are sought:

Competition cases

  • expertise and experience in regulatory economic analysis and/or competition economic analysis, and an understanding of a range of methods, models and techniques engaged in economic analysis in competition and/or regulatory settings; and/or

Regulatory cases

  • expertise and experience in the theory or practice of determining matters required to be covered by input methodologies under section 52T of the Commerce Act 1986 and section 176 of the Telecommunications Act 2001. This includes the cost of capital, valuation of assets (including depreciation and treatment of revaluations), allocation of common costs (including between activities, businesses, consumer classes and geographic areas), treatment of taxation, pricing methodologies and regulatory processes and rules.

The following attributes are also relevant to this position:

  • an understanding of the role of the Court, with experience in giving expert evidence before a court or tribunal being desirable; and
  • similar attributes to those required for judicial appointments, relating to qualities of character, personal technical skills and an appreciation of diversity.

Applications close at 8:00 am on Thursday 19 August 2021.

For enquiries about the position, please contact boardappointments@mbie.govt.nz.

Last updated: 20 July 2021