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Te Mata Trust Board - Vacancies

Te Mata Park

Te Mata is a taonga tuku iho (a heavenly gift) and an iconic feature of Hawke’s Bay.  Established in 1927, the Trust continues to sustain, protect, enhance and maintain Te Mata Park’s outstanding natural features for the recreational, cultural, ecological and educational benefit of the public.  Te Mata Park is the number one tourist attraction in Hawke's Bay and a heavily used destination park for the regional community. 

Applications are sought from suitably qualified candidates to become a trustee on the Te Mata Park Trust Board (the Board) or to participate in the Board’s Aspiring Trustee Programme as an ‘Aspiring Trustee’.

Trustee Vacancy

With an ambitious programme of works, it is an exciting time for a new member to join the Board in making a meaningful contribution to their community.   Ideal candidates will bring a range of skills including business acumen and governance experience, as well as familiarity with the Park. Candidates must be strategic thinkers, operate with integrity and have a passion for ensuring the long term sustainability of Te Mata Park Trust.  The appointment term for members of the Board is for 3 years, which may be extended for a maximum of three terms.

Aspiring Trustee Vacancy

The Aspiring Trustee Programme involves the opportunity to attend Board meetings for a year as an observer. While in time the Aspiring Trustee will become a full contributor to Board discussions the role does not have the responsibilities of being a full Trustee and does not have voting rights.  As an Aspiring Trustee you will gain an understanding of the key aspects involved in park management over twelve months. This will contribute to building confidence within a governance environment as well as a full understanding of the complexities involved with managing and protecting Te Mata Park.

The Board is focused on attracting an Aspiring Trustee with broad diversity (e.g. ethnicity, gender, age) who complement the skill sets of existing Board members. The Aspiring Trustee should be familiar with Te Mata Park and have a good understanding of the range of park users.

Both roles do not receive any remuneration as the position is a community service role.

Appointments will be made by Hastings District Council.  The Board Skills and Competencies Framework can be made available upon request.

For further information or to apply by CV contact:  Louise Stettner, Manager Democracy and Governance Services, Hastings District Council, Private Bag 9002, Hastings 4156, tel. 0275461595 or email  

The deadline for applications is Tuesday 23 August 2022.

9 August 2022

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