Nominations for the Royal Commission Ministerial Advisory Group FAQs
Why are you seeking nominations from certain communities?
To ensure representation from all New Zealand’s diverse communities, candidates are sought to join the group from Pacific, rainbow, disability and rural communities.
When are nominations for the Group open?
Nominations open on 25 June 2021 and close at 5:00pm on 26 July 2021.
Can I nominate someone else to be a member of the Group?
Yes. If you are nominating someone else, it is recommended that you first seek that person’s permission to do so.
Do I have to be nominated by someone else in order to become a member of the Group?
No. People are welcome to self-nominate.
Does my nomination or self-nomination need to be endorsed by a group or organisation?
No. We encourage nominations from a broad range of community members, and seek to achieve a diverse membership. We welcome nominations from people with a range of experience, including youth.
Is there a limited number of nominees who can apply from a given organisation?
No. Membership will be considered in accordance with a broad range of criteria.
Will Group members’ names be made public?
In the interests of transparency, Group members’ names will be made public on the Group’s webpage, but it will not include any other information about them. This is the same approach taken by the Royal Commission of Inquiry for its Muslim Reference Group members.
What is the length of service for Group members?
Members will be appointed for a maximum of three years and may be eligible for one term of re-appointment. There is no guarantee of re-appointment.
Why might vetting and due diligence checks be required for appointment to the Group?
Government has a duty of care to all those appointed. To foster an environment in which all are supported to feel (and be) safe in performing their role, there is a need to ensure that:
- No Group member poses a risk to another Group member or to the communities which the Group represents.
- No Group member poses a risk to the credibility of the Group as a whole.
- Group members are engaged with, and can reflect the thoughts of, those communities which they have indicated in their forms they belong to.
- The Minister, Secretariat and agencies can have confidential and transparent discussions with the Group, and draft Government thinking is able to be safely shared with the Group to enable their full participation when advising on the design of the Government’s implementation plan and its roll-out.
- Any conflicts of interest of Group members are identified and well managed.
What is considered a real, potential or perceived conflict of interest?
To maintain the confidence of the public and Government, Group members must carry out their work impartially. It is essential that any interests are made known, so that the potential for a conflict of interest can be assessed in advance of an appointment being made.
An interest arises where a person has a financial, familial or other personal interest in a matter that could give rise to bias or the appearance of bias in the work of the Group.
Nominees are required to identify whether they (or a partner, child or other close family member or friend) have or are likely to have any financial, personal or professional interests that might create a conflict if they were to be appointed.
Having a real, perceived or potential conflict of interest does not exclude nominees from being members of the Group. It is important all interests are disclosed so it can be determined whether that interest can be managed as a member of the Group. This obligation continues beyond appointment for the duration the person is a member of the Group.
What are the principles for the response to the Royal Commission report?
The Government response to the Royal Commission report is guided by the following principles:
Our vision is for a diverse, inclusive and safe New Zealand.
- Te Tiriti o Waitangi and its principles will guide our response.
- Survivors of the attack and affected whānau will be at the centre of our response.
- We will strive for safer communities and a New Zealand that’s more inclusive, with equal protections for all.
- We will be accountable and forward looking.
- We will be proactive in reaching out to communities.
- We will take practical actions that make a difference to people’s lives.
Will members of the Royal Commission Advisory Group be paid?
Group members will be paid for their services in line with the Cabinet Fees Framework (further information here). Ministerial Advisory Groups are referred to under “Group 4: All Other Committees and Other Bodies” at paragraphs 120 to 126 in that information. To be eligible for such compensation, all Group members must have the right to work in New Zealand.
Who do I contact if I have further questions?
You can email us at RCOIAdvisoryGroup@dpmc.govt.nz