Appointments to University of Auckland Council

Constitution of University of Auckland Council from 1 January 2016


Amendments to the Education Act 1989 passed in 2015 reduced the size of University Councils. The University of Auckland Council recommended to the Minister a Council comprised of 12 members, with effect from 01 January 2016. The Minister approved the proposed Constitution, and the Notice for the new Constitution appeared in the NZ Gazette on 06 August 2015:

Amendment to the Constitution of the University of Auckland Notice 2015

Pursuant to section 170 of the Education Act 1989 (“the Act”), the Minister for Tertiary Education gives the following notice.

Notice

  1. This notice may be cited as the Amendment to the Constitution of the University of Auckland Notice 2015.
  2. This notice shall come into force on the day after the date of its publication in the New Zealand Gazette.
  3. The Council of the University of Auckland (“the Council”) shall, from 1 January 2016, be constituted as follows:

    (a) Four persons appointed by the relevant Minister;

    (b) one person, being Māori and able to advise the Council on issues relevant to Māori, appointed by the Council following a call for expressions of interest from iwi and other Māori individuals or groups;

    (c) the Vice-Chancellor by virtue of his/her holding office as the Chief Executive Officer of the University of Auckland;

    (d) one person being a permanent member of the academic staff of the University of Auckland elected by the permanent members of that staff;

    (e) one person being a permanent member of the professional staff of the University of Auckland elected by the permanent members of that staff;

    (f) one person being the person elected by the student body to be President of the Auckland University Students’ Association Inc  or its successor association;

    (g) one person being an alumnus of the University of Auckland appointed by the Council following a call for expressions of interest from alumni; and

    (h) two persons able to provide skills specified by the Council to be appointed by the University of Auckland Council following a call for expressions of interest.

  4. Prior to calling for nominations or expressions of interest, the Council shall publish a statement of the skills and experiences it is seeking from members to be so appointed.
  5. With the exception of the Vice-Chancellor, each person may be appointed, elected or co‑opted as a member of the Council under the foregoing provisions for any period of not more than four years, and for no more than three such periods. In such cases where a person is a member of the Council on 31 December 2015, and has not completed their current term, they may serve up to four periods of no more than four years each.

Dated at Wellington this 29th day of July 2015.

Hon STEVEN JOYCE, Minister for Tertiary Education.

The duties and functions of University Councils are detailed in the Education Act 1989, which can be accessed on the NZ Legislation website.

Processes for appointment to the University of Auckland Council


At its meeting on 10 August 2015, Council approved the Council Appointments Statute and Council Appointments Procedures which govern the processes to be followed for appointments to Council  through:

i) expressions of interest (Constitution 3(b), (g) and (h)) and
ii) the election of one permanent academic staff member and one permanent professional staff member (Constitution 3(d) and (e)).

Consequential changes to the Electronic Voting Statute were also approved at this meeting.

Call for expressions of interest for appointment to Council


Council invites expressions of interest from persons who consider they meet the attributes required to fill one of the following positions:

i)   one person, being Māori and able to advise Council on issues relevant to Māori

ii)  one person being an alumnus of the University of Auckland

iii) two persons able to provide skills specified by Council, to be appointed by Council

Alumnus means a person who has been awarded a qualification by:

1. The University of Auckland, or

2. The Auckland College of Education, or

3. The Auckland College of the University of New Zealand.

Statement of skills and experiences sought relevant to positions


Council seeks members who can contribute to the University in some or all of these areas:

Relevant to all positions:

Teaching and Research

  • Understanding of, and commitment to, academic freedom and institutional autonomy
  • Understanding of excellence in education, training and research
  • Understanding of and sensitivity to issues faced by students
  • Understanding of and sensitivity to issues faced by various relevant communities, particularly those that are under-represented among the students and staff of the institution

Community understanding

  • Understanding of and sensitivity to the Principles of the Treaty of Waitangi
  • Understanding of and sensitivity to equity issues
  • Understanding of what constitutes the public interest

Management skills

  • HR/senior executive appointment experience
  • Institutional strategic and operational planning
  • High level organisational management
  • Assessment of institutional policies
  • High level finance and governance (opex and capex)

Reflecting the diversity of the community served

  • Ethnic diversity
  • Socioeconomic diversity
  • Gender balance

Additional requirement for appointment under section 3(b) of the constitution

  • Māori applicants must be of New Zealand Māori descent, and able to advise Council on issues relevant to Māori

Method of application


Please complete the Expression of Interest for an appointment to Council form describing how you meet the statement of skills and experiences sought (above).

The form can be downloaded below.

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The closing date for expressions of interest is 5pm on Friday 30 September 2016.

Expressions of interest (not more than 1,000 words) should be returned by email to w.verschaeren@auckland.ac.nz or by post to:

Wendy Verschaeren
Vice-Chancellor’s Office
The University of Auckland
Private Bag 92019 Auckland Mail Centre
Auckland 1142.
Telephone: (09) 923 5782