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28 March 2019
John Luke [FYI request #9699 email]
Thank you for your request, received on 28 February 2019, for the following information under the
Official Information Act 1982 (the Act):
I would like to know how TEC call for nominations for their board and agency they manage.
I understand from the Ministry of Women's website that they are a total of 26 boards that TEC
manage. Can you please confirm if this is correct. It would be great if you could provide a list of board
and agency you are manage as well.
Also, I would like to know how the general public can submit their interest to TEC and how does TEC
call for nomination from the public in the past.
Further, I would like to know if there are any upcoming governance position in 2019 for the board
that TEC manage and where you plan to call for express of interest from the public, e.g. from job,govt
The Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) does not manage any boards. The TEC has a Board of
Commissioners, and the Minister of Education is responsible for appointing commissioners to the
TEC’s Board. The Ministry of Education provides advice to the Minister and manages the process of
appointment of commissioners to the TEC’s Board. Information about this process can be found on
the Ministry of Education’s website at: www.education.govt.nz/our-work/our-role-and-our-
The Minister of Education is also responsible for appointing council members to tertiary education
institution (TEI) councils. The Minister generally appoints three or four members of each council. All
other council members are appointed by the council in accordance with its own arrangements. The
TEC’s role is to provide advice to the Minister of Education and administer the Ministerial
There are currently 27 TEIs made up of three wānanga, eight universities and 16 institutes of
technology or polytechnics (ITPS). As two ITPs, Whitireia and Weltec, have a combined governing
council this means that the TEC provides advice to the Minister of Education on appointments to 26
The TEC will provide advice to the Minister on appointments to several TEIs including universities,
wānanga and ITPs in 2019.
More information about the nomination process and how the general public can submit their
interest in being appointed to a TEI council can be found on the TEC’s website at https://www.tec.govt.nz/teo/working-with-teos/tei/governance/
. The TEC does not intend to call
for expressions of interest from members of the public who are interested in becoming members of
a TEI council.
You have the right to seek an investigation and review by the Ombudsman of this decision.
Information about how to make a complaint is available at www.ombudsman.parliament.nz or
freephone 0800 802 602.
Tertiary Education Commission