Becoming a trustee

The Minister of Finance appoints Trustees under the Community Trusts Act 1999.

Trustee appointment process 

The Minister of Finance appoints Trustees under the Community Trusts Act 1999.
The 2018/19 appointment round is now completed.

For the 2018/19 appointment round these appointments were delegated to the Associate Minister of Finance, the Hon Dr David Clark. There is no formal application process.  The appointment process is managed by the Department of Internal Affairs.  

The contact person is: Hamish Cameron, Ministerial Advice, Department of Internal Affairs.  Email:

Nominees should be aware that Trustees are required to attend at least 30 meetings per year.  Board and committee meetings are held on Mondays and are generally held in the Foundation’s offices in Ponsonby Rd, Auckland. Meetings may take between 4-6 hours.  In addition, allowance should be made for preparation/reading time and for representing the Foundation at grantee and community events throughout the year.

Trustees’ annual remuneration is determined by the Cabinet Fees Framework.

Skills and attributes required

Trustees collectively must have skills or experience in the following areas:

  • Financial management, including accounting, audit and risk management
  • Institutional investment oversight
  • Grantmaking
  • Governance
  • Community and voluntary sector involvement
  • Strategic thinking
  • Leadership 
  • Legal expertise

The make-up of the Foundation Board should reflect the communities that we serve, including tangata whenua, pacific communities and people from a range of ethnic and cultural backgrounds. 

Trustees are expected to have a broad understanding of the issues facing the communities of Auckland and Northland.   However, when engaging with the community, Trustees should refrain from raising the expectations of applicants prior to Board decisions on applications.

Key activities of the Board are as follows:

  • Setting goals and objectives and reviewing progress
  • Participating in the strategic planning process
  • Appointing the CEO and delegating levels of authority to the CEO
  • Approval of grant policies and applications
  • Approval and monitoring of annual plans and budgets
  • Approval of capital expenditure
  • Approval of investment policies
  • Approval of operating expenditure outside budgets and delegations
  • To ensure compliance with all statutory obligations.

Officers of Foundation North

The Trustees annually elect a Chair, Deputy Chair and committee chairs.

Committees include: Investment Committee; Audit, Finance, Risk and Compliance Committee; Grants Committee; Strategy and Innovation Committee & Maori and Pacific Committee.

The Foundation North group includes a number of charitable companies, including the NZ Centre for Social Impact, which is governed by a board of independent and Trustee directors appointed by Foundation North.

Strategic Plan

The Foundation has recently adopted a fifteen year strategic vision.

To achieve our vision, we will prioritise initiatives that respond to community aspirations and provide strengths-based opportunities to:

  • Address the persistent inequalities affecting our communities, in particular:
  • Northland and South Auckland communities
  • Māori and Pacific communities.

Strengthen social cohesion within and between our diverse communities, particularly for: 

  • Refugee communities
  • Migrant communities.
  • Achieve positive outcomes for children and young people, to disrupt intergenerational disadvantage.
  • Enable community-led economic development, particularly for the communities most affected by income inequalities.
  • Conserve and enhance our natural environment for the benefit of all communities in our region.

More information:

  • Foundation North Trustee Appointments Read more
  • Department of Internal Affairs Community Trusts Candidate Information Read more

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