Call for expressions of interest

MBIE is now calling for expressions of interest in current and prospective members and chairs of TDLG, which consists of a maximum of 9 core members and 2 independent co-chairs.

The selection will be based on a mixture skills and representation from different parts of the tourism system (for example central and local government, industry, regional economic development agencies, tourism academics). The appointed TDLG membership will be for a term of 2 years.

The Group meets bi-monthly in Wellington and online as required.   

The refreshed Terms of Reference outlines a criteria for membership selection under Appendix A.

Refreshed Terms of Reference

Co-chair appointments

The co-chairs will ensure that a balanced, holistic perspective is maintained with respect to tourism data and insights. This means giving equal attention to data pertaining to the social, environmental, cultural and economic aspects of tourism.

One of the chairs will be appointed specifically to bring a Te Ao Māori perspective. This co-chair will help ensure that the core principles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi (partnership, participation, protection) are incorporated into the Group’s decisions and actions, and that best practices regarding Māori data sovereignty are followed.

The co-chairs are anticipated to contribute 4 to 6 days per month to the role, but this may vary. If you are interested in applying, please send your CV and a letter outlining how your skills, knowledge and experience the match the following responsibilities of the role, to:

Responsibilities of the role

  • Ensuring the TDLG operates in a manner that enables it to undertake its role and meet its objectives.
  • Acting as the spokespeople for the TDLG in line with MBIE’s policy on external communications (see point 8.2 in TOR).
  • Liaising with senior executive groups with a tourism interest, such as industry peak body boards, local government, iwi groups and other stakeholders.
  • Managing any conflict of interest or lobbying that may arise.
  • Understand of the Tourism Industry
  • Upholding the principles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi.
  • Understanding of principles and practices regarding Māori data sovereignty
  • Liaising with technical experts when required by the TDLG.

Member appointments

The time commitment required for a TDLG member is anticipated to be 5 to 6 full days (for in-person meetings) per year plus 5 to 10 hours per month. Members may also volunteer for additional responsibilities. If you are interested in being a member, please send your CV and a letter outlining the following skills, knowledge and experience that you would bring to the Group and send it to:

  • Research and Policy experience
  • Governance/leadership experience (particularly in public-private partnership settings)
  • Understanding of how data and information is used at all levels of the industry
  • Understanding of Government data
  • Understanding of tourism research
  • Familiarity with Tikanga and Te Ao Māori
  • Understanding of principles and practices regarding Māori data sovereignty
  • Understanding of business within the Tourism industry
  • Influence in industry

The appointments process explained

MBIE will be accepting applications for 10 days, from 31 March to 11 April at 5pm. After screening applications, MBIE will provide a shortlist to an Appointment Committee, made up of representatives from MBIE, Tourism Industry Aotearoa, New Zealand Māori Tourism and Regional Tourism New Zealand. They will assess each applicant against the criteria as outlined in the refreshed Terms of Reference and finalise their recommendations of the new TDLG members. MBIE will inform the Minister of Tourism on the recommendations and appoint the new members of the TDLG. It is anticipated the new membership will commence their role in June 2023.

As specified in the updated Terms of Reference, the co-chairs, along with members that are none public services and not employed by any government agencies, Crown or local government will be remunerated for their service. The fee will be assessed in accordance with the Cabinet Fees Framework.

Please note any submission may be the subject of requests for information under the Official Information Act 1982 (OIA).

Last updated: 31 March 2023