Council Appointments Statute 2019


1. Title and commencement


a)    The Council of the University (“the Council”) makes the following statute under section 194 of the Education Act 1989.

b)    This statute may be cited as the Council Appointments Statute 2019.

c)    This statute comes into force on 26 August 2019.

d)    The Council Appointments Statute 2015 is repealed from the date this statute comes into force.

2. Application


This statute applies to Council members and those eligible for appointment or election to Council.

3. Purpose


This statute governs the election and appointment of those members of the Council appointed to the Council by resolution, in accordance with the University of Auckland’s constitution (gazetted 20 February 2019) and section 171(1)(b) of the Education Act 1989

4. Contents


  • Appointments by virtue of office
  • Appointments by expressions of interest
  • Appointments by election

5. Statute


(1) Appointments by virtue of office

a)    The Council is to resolve to appoint the Vice-Chancellor as a member of Council, by virtue of their holding office as the chief executive officer of the University of Auckland.

b)    The Vice-Chancellor is to be a member of Council for as long as they hold that office.

(2) Appointments by expressions of interest

a)   The Council is to resolve to appoint:

(i) One person, being Māori and able to advise Council on issues relevant to Māori, following a call for expressions of interest from iwi and other Māori individuals or groups
(ii) One person being an alumnus of the University of Auckland, following a call or expressions of interest from alumni
(iii) Two persons able to provide skills specified by Council, following a call for expressions of interest

b)    Expressions of interest will be sought, and recommendations made to Council for appointment by resolution, in accordance with the Council Appointments Procedures approved by Council.

c)    Each person selected in accordance with the provisions of this section is to be appointed to Council by resolution for a period of not more than four years.

(3) Appointments by election

       a)   The Council is to resolve to appoint one permanent member of the academic staff elected by the permanent members of that staff, one permanent member of the professional staff elected by the permanent members of that staff and one student elected by the students of the University.   

       b)    Except as otherwise provided by this statute, the elections are to be conducted in accordance with the Council Appointments Procedures and the provisions of the Election Procedures.

       c)    To be eligible to be a candidate, academic or professional staff must:                                                              

(i) provide a Notice of Candidacy in the format and within the timeframe specified by the Returning Officer;
(ii) be employed on an employment agreement of sufficient duration to allow them to serve a four-year appointment;
(iii) be available to attend Council meetings, participate in Council business and serve on Council committees; and
(iv) not be disqualified from appointment under Section 171A of the Education Act 1989

d)    Any candidate statement submitted with the Notice of Candidacy is to address the skills and experience sought by Council, and must not exceed 500 words.

e)    The Returning Officer is to compile a list of electors who are eligible to vote in each election, which is to include each permanent member of academic or professional staff at a date to be determined by the Returning Officer.

f)   Each person elected as academic or professional staff representative in  accordance with the provisions of this statute is to be appointed to Council by resolution for a term of four years or until they cease to be a member of the permanent academic or professional staff of the University of Auckland, whichever is the earlier event.

Each person elected as representative of the students of the University, is to be appointed to Council by resolution for a term of one year from 1 November of the current year until 31 October of the following year or until they cease to be an enrolled student of the University.      

g)    If they are not already members of Senate, the academic and professional staff members elected to Council will become members of Senate for the duration of their respective term on Council.

6. Definitions


The following definitions apply to this statute:

Academic staff includes persons employed as a professor, associate dean, associate professor, senior lecturer, lecturer, senior tutor, tutor, professional teaching fellow, senior research fellow or research fellow, and such other positions as may from time to time be designated ‘academic staff’ by the Vice-Chancellor.

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

  • The University of Auckland
  • The Auckland College of Education, or
  • The Auckland College of the University of New Zealand

Council refers to the Council of the University of Auckland, constituted in accordance with Part 15 of the Education Act 1989, which is the governing body of the University.

For the purposes of this statute, permanent means a member of academic or professional staff who is employed on an employment agreement with a duration of 12 months or more as at the date of eligibility determination.

Professional staff includes  persons employed in administrative, technical and library positions, and such other positions as may from time to time be designated ‘professional staff’ by the Vice-Chancellor.

Student means an enrolled student of Auckland University

University means the University of Auckland and includes all subsidiaries.

8. Document management and control


Content manager: Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Operations) and Registrar

Approved by: Council

Date approved: 26 August 2019