[CLOSED] Call for expressions of interest for new members for Cook Islands Ta’okotai’anga Charitabale Trust [t/a] CIDANZ Board of Trustees


The Cook Islands Taokotaianga Charitable Trust [t/a] CIDANZ  is seeking ‘expressions of interest’ from individuals to join our Board of Trustees. These are voluntary, non-executive positions. We are seeking to recruit two new Board members to join us from August 2018. As part of this recruitment process, we are looking to ensure robust succession planning for the positions of Chair and Deputy Chair.

Our Vision:  A United and Prosperous Community

Individual and Collective Well-being is our purpose. “Working together for the COMMON-UNITY” is not just a slogan, it’s a statement that reinforces our vision to engage the wisdom, the knowledge, and the power within our communities. We want to create an alternative way for people to thrive economically; protecting our natural resources and expressing our cultural values through our work and social activities for our children and the children of their children.

Our S.P.I.R.I.T Values

Sustainable – Ruperupe

Professional – Tu Rangatira

Integrity – Tiratiratu

Respect – Akangateitei

Innovation – Kite karape umereia

Togetherness – Takotai

CIDANZ is a Charitable Trust based in South Auckland with an outreach to 13 regions across New Zealand from Whangarei to Invercargill. Our mandate is to support social and local economic development by supporting individuals and families to actively participate in initiatives that can generate financial wellness.

The Board is responsible for the oversight of finances, management and performance of  the Trusts small but dynamic team. The Board is supported by an Advisory Committee made up of representatives from the Cook Islands community.

In return for these responsibilities, new Trustees would be joining the Board of a highly visible, diverse and growing network with a motivated, effective and committed operations team. New Board members will be instrumental in further supporting the Trust as it moves into its next stage of organisational maturity and delivers on a 10-year strategy that runs to December 2028.

The Board meets bi-monthly, with monthly 1 hour portfolio catch-up sessions with management staff and one annual meeting which also serves as the Annual General Meeting. All meetings and documentation are in English. Successful applicants will be expected to attend the next Board meeting in August 2018. Meetings of the Board, and all documentation and communication, are in English. Trustees also need to be available for the annual two-day face-to-face planning meeting each year. Board members are also expected to be available to provide advice and comments between meetings. Board members will be appointed for two three-year term, with the ability to renew for one further and final three-year term, total of (9 years).

We are particularly seeking individuals with the following skills and experience:

  • Experience in advocacy
  • Experience in advocacy and engagement with local & central government, business, funders and non-government agencies
  • Successful track record of fundraising and ability to support resource mobilisation
  • Experience from outside of the community, ideally in a related field such as business, environmental, education, housing, economic development
  • Experience of financial oversight and management
  • Experience of human resource oversight and management

Interested individuals should send a CV and a short cover letter outlining why you are interested in joining the Board of CIDANZ, and highlighting your relevant skills and experience for the Board position.

These expressions of interest must be sent to Janet Akai, Manager-Design & Communications ( no later than 5.00pm Monday 25th June.