Disclosure of Interests Policy (v July 2014)
This policy applies to NZTE’s Board Members, Advisory Board Members, Assessment Panel Members, staff, contractors and
The purpose of this policy is to protect the integrity of NZTE’s decision-making process, maintain stakeholders and customers’
confidence, and to protect your own integrity and reputation.
declare to NZTE Management your interests that conflict, or potentially conflict, with the interests of NZTE.
co-operate with NZTE Management to achieve a resolution of the conflict situation.
the Governance Board Executive (in relation to NZTE Board Members). The Governance Board Executive will consult
with the Chief Executive, the NZTE Board Chair, or the NZTE Audit and Risk Committee Chair, as appropriate.
the NZTE contact person specified in the Group’s Terms of Reference (in relation to Advisory Board Members and
Assessment Panel Members).
the NZTE Reporting Manager and the General Manager of the Reporting Manager (in relation to NZTE staff, contractors
and casual employees).
NZTE Management’s Obligations
Once you have disclosed your interests, NZTE Management will assess whether there is a conflict of interest (actual or
perceived), and if so, decide whether the conflict can be managed. NZTE Management will consult with the Business Assurance
Director (who will consult with Legal for legal advice when necessary).
What is a “conflict of interest”?
A “conflict of interest” arises when you have two interests to serve and your duties to one interest clashes with the other. When
applied to NZTE, your other interests may influence, or may appear to influence, your ability to objectively perform your
responsibilities in the best interests of NZTE.
There is nothing wrong with having a conflict of interest. What’s important is whether the conflict can be managed.
What interests need to be declared?
You must declare:
Directorships or engagement in other commercial or voluntary ventures (see “Special Considerations for NZTE
personnel - Appointment to Boards and Bodies” below)
Secondary employment or engagement while you are working with NZTE
Interests in business partnerships or professional practices
Beneficial interests in trusts
Relationships with other companies or organisations that deal with NZTE.
Family or other close relations who deal with NZTE.
Any other circumstances where a conflict could be perceived.
When deciding what kinds of other interests to disclose, consider the situation from the perspective of an outsider, and whether
the interest is of such nature that it could raise an allegation of an actual or perceived conflict of interest.
Use the Declaration of Interests form on page 3 to record your declaration. The form also contains categories of interests you
should declare. If you have any doubt about whether you need to declare something, err on the side of transparency and
Special Considerations for NZTE personnel : Appointments to Boards and Bodies
You may be asked to join a board or body as a director, trustee or other member. Generally you should not accept the
invitation to join the board of a commercial operation or industry body in a personal
capacity. It is likely that the
appointment would raise a conflict of interest that cannot be managed.
There may be occasions where board membership as an individual gives rise to only a remote possibility of conflict – NZTE
Management will determine that with you. The same issues generally do not arise with appointments to community
groups. In either case you should obtain the approval of NZTE Management before taking up the appointment. Professional capacity
Appointments to industry bodies or commercial boards, where you are working with those bodies or companies on behalf of
NZTE must also be discussed and approved by NZTE Management. In those instances it is likely that an agreement will be
required with the organisation concerned to establish that you are not a commercial director, and also how the “ex officio”
appointment will operate.
When do I make a declaration?
When you first join NZTE, and from time to time, as requested by NZTE Management.
On an ongoing case by case basis when your interests change, or when you find yourself in a conflict situation.
How is a conflict situation managed?
If you find yourself in a conflict situation and have not had the opportunity to declare the interest to NZTE
Management, err on the side of caution – declare that you may have a conflict and immediately excuse yourself from
that situation. Immediately declare your interest to NZTE Management. INFORMATION
In each declaration, NZTE Management will be responsible for assessing and recording any actions necessary to manage
the conflict situation. The actions may include:
requiring you to complete an acknowledgement or agreement; or
confirming your understanding of the conflict and the arrangements put in place to safeguard NZTE and you in
relation to the conflict.
Other conflict management steps may include:
you not accessing NZTE systems in relation to certain customers
you not evaluating a tender by a particular company
you excusing yourself from meetings when particular customers are being discussed.
Who to consult?
Consult with the Director of Business Assurance in relation to this policy or for any conflict management advice. If legal advice is
necessary, the Director of Business will consult Legal on your behalf. 10.
NZTE Standards of Integrity & Conduct
Receiving Gifts Policy
Declaration of Interest(s) – under NZTE’s Disclosure of Interests Policy Refer to NZTE policy
on the Intranet for guidance
Other than as set out below, I ____________________________________(Insert first and last name) declare that to the best of my knowledge, I
do not have any:
interest (direct or indirect) in any arrangement, agreement, or contract made or entered into by NZTE or that (as far as I am aware)
NZTE is proposing to make; or
other interests that may give rise to a conflict of interest or potential conflict of interest in relation to NZTE
The interest has a financial value. I am expected to gain some financial benefit or loss from the
I have professional contacts with other organizations, association and trusts.
Where research is funded by an independent organization, this funding may compromise or appear
to compromise the design, conduct or reporting of the research.
Whanau / Relationship
I have family relationships, acquaintances and/or friendships which could be perceived as a conflict.
My position or authority is or may be used to influence or make decisions that lead to any form or
personal gain for me, my family members or personal associates.
I have political involvement that could conflict with my duty to act in in a politically neutral manner,
or my political involvement could appear to compromise my ability to make decisions in the best
interests of NZTE. OFFICIAL
I have community or voluntary involvement in relation to an organization (whether an NZTE
customer or not) that may give rise to a conflict of interest, or potential conflict of interest.
I have an interest that does not fit in any of the above categories but I believe this interest may raise
a conflict or potential conflict of interest to NZTE.
I have reviewed the above categories and I do not have any interests to declare.
Name of other party
Details – include number of shares if
Director, and shareholding (20%)
Director of XYZ Limited is my brother in
law, and XYZ Limited is NZTE customer
I will seek the specific approval of NZTE Management before pursuing any interest that could involve a real, potential or perceived
conflict of interest.
I will update this declaration if any of my interests change. If I have any questions, I will discuss these with the Director Business
Assurance (who will consult with Legal, as necessary).
Please send the completed form to NZTE Management1 to assess the interests declared, and develop appropriate controls.
1 NZTE Management means:
the Governance Board Executive (in relation to NZTE Board Members). The Governance Board Executive will consult with the Chief Executive,
the NZTE Board Chair, or the NZTE Audit and Risk Committee Chair, as appropriate.
the NZTE contact person specified in the Group’s Terms of Reference (in relation to Advisory Board Members and Assessment Panel Members).
the NZTE Reporting Manager and the General Manager of the Reporting Manager (in relation to NZTE staff, contractors and casual employees).
NZTE Management - Assessment of interest disclosed and development of controls:
If you are handwriting the following sections, please print legibly.
NZTE Management Name:
A conflict of interest exist
Please consult with the Director Business Assurance for advice on the assessments and controls.
In relation to NZTE reporting managers, please brief your General Manager as appropriate.
Assessment of interest: [Comment on impact of conflict etc. Please attach a page if you need more space]
Controls: [Detail steps to be taken to manage conflict, please attach a page if you need more space]