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Call for nominations to the Board of Directors 

19 July 2023

Call for Nominations to the Board of Directors 

The call for nominations to the TIA Board of Directors is an important step in ensuring member interests are represented in the leadership and development of the tourism industry. The TIA Board comprises of 10 sector-elected representatives, two general-elected members, one appointed from Tourism New Zealand, two members co-opted by the Board, and an Independent Chair.   

This year there are four sector and one general directorship up for re-election. The four specific sectors up for re-election are: Hotels and Lodges, Land Transport, Adventure and Outdoor and Attractions, Conferences and Events.

Any representative of a member in one of the above sectors can nominate a candidate for their sector (but only their sector). Self-nomination is permitted. If more than one nomination is received for a directorship, there will be an election. 

We are seeking nominees who have the relevant governance experience, skills, networks, and strategic thinking to move the industry forward and achieve TIA’s Vision and Purpose

Nominations must be received no later than 5pm, Friday 4 August 2023.

Who can be nominated for a sector specific directorship?
The nominee’s organisation must be a Full Member of the specific sector the nominee is seeking to represent.

Who can be nominated for a general directorship?
A representative of a Full Member of any sector can be nominated for the general directorship.

Can someone self-nominate?
Yes, if they are a representative of a Full Member of the relevant sector.

Does anyone need to second the nomination?

Is the name of the nominator published?
No, this is for administration purposes only.

What is the election process?
If there is no nomination for a seat, the board will subsequently consider whether to appoint a suitable person. If there is a single valid nomination, that person will subsequently be declared successful.

If more than one valid nomination is received for a seat, there will be an election. TIA will distribute the biographies and voting form via email to the primary contact of all Full Members in that sector. Voting will open at 10am Friday, 11 August 2023 close at 5pm, Thursday 31 August 2023.

Election results will be announced after the results are verified. This should be no later than Friday 8 September 2023.

Who can vote?
Only the primary contact of a Full Member of the specific sector can vote if there is an election held for their sector. Members receive one vote for every $100 (exc. GST) of their annual membership fee. TIA will make this calculation for you.

Only paid-up members in the relevant sector can vote for their sector representative. This includes members who have instalment arrangements for their fees.

The primary contact of a Full Member can vote for a candidate in the General Seat.

What is the term for a director?
Any new appointments to the Board will be effective for a period of three years and start immediately after the AGM on Monday 2 October 2023.  

Is there an induction process for new directors?
Yes, all new directors are given a governance manual and are given the opportunity to spend time in Wellington with the TIA Chief Executive and staff, and will be supported by the Chair and fellow directors.

How many times a year does the Board meet?
TIA’s Board has quarterly meetings, usually 9am to 3pm, held at different locations around the country and usually accompanied by a stakeholder function the evening before. If elected, it is important that you can attend meetings in person. Occasionally, it is necessary to call additional meetings, which will generally be held by Zoom.

At the first meeting of the Incoming Board on Tuesday 3 October 2023, some directors are to be appointed to the Operations, Audit and Risk Committee that meets two weeks prior to the full Board meetings. At that same meeting, the Board is also to appoint two or three directors and two independents as Trustees of the Tourism Industry New Zealand Trust.

Is it a paid position?
No, the director roles are voluntary. The independent chair receives an honorarium. Upon request, TIA will reimburse reasonable travel and accommodation expenses incurred by a director in attending meetings.

If you have any questions about the election process, please email

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Thanks to our strategic partners

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