28 November 2022
John Luke [FYI request #20975 email]
Dear Mr Luke
Thank you for your request of 30 October 2022, where you asked for the following
information from Te Manatū Waka | Ministry of Transport under the Official Information Act
1982 (the Act):
“I noted,- Appointment / Reappointment of Members to the Civil Aviation Authority
May I ask how did you call for public nomination and on what platform you have call
for public nominations, e.g. govt.jobs website. Also, how many applications you have
received from the public and how many you have received from other nominating
agencies such as TPK. further, how many you have shortlisted. I am also requesting
the position description of this role and the pay rate
For all new transport Board appointments, Te Manatū Waka undertakes the same process.
We upload an advert for the position to the Treasury New Zealand Board appointments
database, put out a call for nominations (via email) to nominating agencies using the position
description, and advertise the position on Te Manatū Waka’s LinkedIn profile and careers
to this response is a copy of the position description for the Civil Aviation Authority
(CAA) Board member position. This notes that the total fee for CAA Board members is
$23,500 which comprises an annual fee of $15,000, plus an additional annual fee of $8,500
for responsibilities in relation to the Aviation Security Service (AvSec). CAA Board members
are also entitled to be reimbursed for any expenses incurred for attending meetings or
undertaking any other agreed work.
I can advise that Te Manatū Waka received a total of 89 applications for the CAA Board
member position, of this number one applicant was nominated by a nominating agency.
Eight candidates were shortlisted from the applications received, and three were progressed
to interview. This reflects the specific ICT skillset and expertise required by the Board at this
time (as set out in the attached
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Sarah Polaschek Manager, Governance
Te Manatū Waka | Ministry of Transport
Position Description: Board member, Civil Aviation Authority
On behalf of the Minister of Transport, the Ministry of Transport is searching for a high-
calibre candidate to join the Board of Civil Aviation Authority (CAA Board). The CAA
was established in 1992 as a Crown entity under the Civil Aviation Act 1990 (the Act).
The CAA’s (www.caa.govt.nz)
primary function is to regulate and promote an integrated,
safe, responsive and sustainable civil aviation system. The CAA is responsible for
delivering two key functions: Regulation and Aviation Security Service (Avsec).
The CAA Board requires a full range of competencies across its members to be effective.
Prospective candidates must be highly experienced directors and have competencies that
complement those of existing Board members.
Under section 72A(4) of the Civil Aviation Act 1990, the Minister must appoint “persons
who [he/she] considers will represent the public interest in civil aviation.” Section 29(2b) of
the Crown Entities Act 2004 also states that “in appointing or recommending an
appointment, [the responsible Minister] must take into account the desirability of promoting
diversity in the membership of Crown entities.” In addition, section 30(2) of the Crown
Entities Act 2004 sets out the criteria for being considered as a member of a Crown entity
The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate more than one of the following core
competencies and experiences:
• governance and leadership
– experience in governance, preferably in both the public
and private sectors, with the ability to ask the right questions of management,
distinguish between governance and management, and understand and perform
governance functions. The successful candidate will be able to engage with a range of
stakeholders, deliver on government policy and direction and a have a clear
understanding of the role of a governor.
• technology change
– experience in delivering technological change across medium
to large organisations, and recognition of the investment required to ensure an
organisation’s technological capability remains fit-for-purpose. Ideally, has knowledge
the aviation sector’s changing technology needs, regulatory information technology
systems such as EMPIC, and/or an awareness of innovation within the sector.
– strong experience of regulatory environments practice and impacts, as
well as regulatory frameworks and their application in either a regulated industry or as
a regulator. A deep understanding of the fundamentals of a modern regulator and the
impacts of regulation is required.
• public sector knowledge (including local government)
– understanding of the
operating requirements and processes of the public sector. Experience at an
operational level of local government is desirable.
• culture change
– ability to identify and influence organisational culture change and
drive positive change, as required.
• judgement and critical thinking
– demonstrated experience of exercising judgement
and critical thinking, preferably within a regulatory environment. In addition, you should
be an active listener, open thinker, and be able to draw from your own personal
experiences to contribute towards discussions at the Board table.
• an ability to work collaboratively to reach consensus
understanding of the individual and collective duties Boards possess (particularly within
a Crown context), and an ability to reach a collective decision as a Board while
respectively and constructively evaluating each other’s personal views on a matter.
Accepts the need for collective responsibility for the final decision reached.
• stakeholder/iwi engagement
– identifies and engages with co-directors,
management, key individuals, stakeholders and iwi to establish and maintain effective
In addition, successful candidates may also have either:
• transport sector knowledge
– a strong understanding of the transport sector in
general, including an understanding of system-level strategies, processes and
• health, safety and legal obligations
– an understanding of all the legislative
requirements of directors and entities, in particular the Health and Safety at Work Act
2015 and Hazardous Substances and New Organisms Act 1996 and ideally experience
in embedding a health and safety culture within a complex organisation.
Background to CAA
As part of its regulatory function, the CAA is responsible for overseeing aviation safety and
rules which are led by the Director of the CAA. The rules set minimum standards for
entering, and operating within, the aviation system to ensure safety across the sector. The
CAA is responsible for monitoring adherence to these standards.
The CAA Board is also responsible for establishing and continuing Avsec’s functions and
duties. Avsec’s functions and duties include screening departing international passengers
and their baggage for dangerous items, patrolling security-designated areas and
The CAA Board must give effect to Government policy that relates to its functions and
objectives if so directed by the Minister of Transport. However, the Director of Civil
Aviation also has certain independent statutory powers under the Civil Aviation Act 1990. Background to the Role
This CAA Board supports the Minister by:
• setting the direction of the CAA and overseeing the entity’s regulatory powers
• setting, reviewing and reporting on plans and targets for services and financial
• managing strategic risks and mitigations
• holding the agency’s executives to account for their performance
• providing quality assurance of key operational policies, systems and processes
• influencing and contributing to the transport sector.
The CAA’s Board consists of five to seven members appointed by the Minister of
Transport for a term of up to three years. CAA Board members are expected to work
approximately 30 days a year. CAA Board meetings are generally held monthly from
February to December and usually last for one day. CAA Board committees meet every
one to three months.
CAA Board fees are set according to criteria in the Cabinet Fees Framework. The CAA
and Avsec Boards are each classified as Group 3a Level 4 General Governance Boards.
The total fee for CAA Board members is $23,500 which comprises an annual fee of
$15,000, plus an additional annual fee of $8,500 for responsibilities in relation to the
Aviation Security Service. CAA Board members are also entitled to be reimbursed for any
expenses incurred for attending meetings or undertaking any other agreed work. Expressions of Interest
Applicants of all cultural backgrounds are invited to express an interest.
To apply for the position of Board member on the CAA Board, please apply through the
Treasury database at http://www.boardappointments.co.nz,
and include a copy of your full
Curriculum Vitae by 9.00 am on 9 August 2021.
If you require further information, please email [email address].