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He Whenua Taurikura Governance Board

Expressions of interest are open until 5pm 22 April 2022 for membership of the Governance Board for the National Centre of Research Excellence for Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism, provisionally called He Whenua Taurikura.

The Centre is being established in 2022 to bring together research organisations and institutes, civil society organisations, and government to research preventing and countering violent extremism, with a focus on understanding diversity and promoting social cohesion.

The work of the Centre is intended to inform public discussion on preventing and countering violent extremism and guide the work of policy agencies across government.

The Board will provide strategic direction for and oversee the work of the Centre. The Board will also be responsible for ensuring the Centre’s activities are compatible with its charitable aims, and that the Centre complies with relevant legislative and regulatory requirements. Board members will ordinarily be trustees of the Centre. A copy of the Board’s draft Terms of Reference is available below.

The Board shall comprise between six and eight members, with strong Māori representation reflecting a Te Tiriti partnership approach between Māori and the Crown. Board membership shall also include at least one from each of academia / research community, civil society and government agencies. Members shall have demonstrated strengths in one or more of the following areas:

  • Leadership
  • Governance
  • Tangata whenua and tangata tiriti partnership
  • Strategic thinking
  • Financial acumen
  • Diversity
  • Community linkages
  • Subject matter expertise
  • Research expertise

Board membership should, to the extent possible given its size, also have a distribution of ages, ethnicities, genders, faith and religious backgrounds, disabilities, geographies, educational achievements and experiences. We therefore encourage applications from members of a wide range of groups with an interest in the work of this Centre, including Māori, ethnic minority groups, the rainbow community, those with disabilities, and religious and faith groups.

Board members shall generally be appointed to serve for a three-year term, with a maximum extension of one additional year. Initial Board appointments shall be made by the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (DPMC) as the lead agency working on the establishment of the Centre.

The deadline for submission of Expressions of Interest is 22 April 2022. Please download and fill in the expression of interest form, and submit via email to no later than 5pm on 22 April 2022.

Last updated: 
Tuesday, 22 March 2022

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