• Board Intern – Tautai Contemporary Pacific Arts Trust

    Position description

    Naku te rourou nau te rourou ka ora ai te iwi.

    Creative New Zealand is looking to grow and diversify the pool of people who serve on the boards of our country’s arts organisations as part of a pilot capability building initiative.


    Positive change in organisations often happens first at the board level. An important step for an organisation to engage with diverse audiences and communities is to recruit a board member with that relevant expertise, insight and connections.

    This is a unique opportunity for you to develop your governance capability by joining the voluntary board of an arts organisation for a one-year internship from May 2019 to May 2020.


    You will receive training in your role via seminars and one-to-one mentoring with a governance coach. You will also be supported by the board chair and a ‘buddy’ who will be assigned from the board.


    By the end of your internship year you will understand the basic tenants of good governance practice and have the opportunity to experience and apply them in the boardroom setting. You will access new networks and arts experiences with fellow board members and arts and culture leaders. It is hoped that with these skills you will continue to contribute at a governance level to New Zealand arts organisations.



    Tautai Contemporary Pacific Arts Trust

    Tautai is a national organisation, based in Auckland, dedicated to the mentoring and ongoing support of Pacific artists. The Tautai Board meets every two months in central Auckland.



    Ideal applicant description

    We would like our successful interns to: be interested in contributing to the governance of arts organisations; have the ability to think independently and communicate their ideas confidently and with integrity; be able to demonstrate their organisational contribution to cultural, community or sporting groups or events previously; and have not previously served on an arts board before, in order to give an opportunity for new talent to enter into arts governance.

    Ideally, the successful candidate will be able to contribute to the board in one or more of the following ways:



    o Human Resources, organisational development and business psychology; or

    o Fundraising; or

    o Event management



    Time Commitment and Term



    This internship aims to support and develop you as an independent member of the board during your one-year appointment to an arts board. Therefore, you will be expected to attend three training seminars and have mentoring sessions with your governance coach via phone, skype or in person.  Each board meets 4-6 times a year (see above), and in addition to hui you will need to make time for reading and preparation, and occasional sub-committee and portfolio work to further the goals of the organisation.  In total, the internship programme will take 10-12 days of your time across the year.





    The board internship roles are not remunerated but the host arts organisation will pay reasonable travel expenses towards you attending meetings.




    We particularly encourage applications from The LGBTIQ community.



    Contact Name: Sarah Exeter – Adviser to Creative NZ
    Contact email:



    Links & contact details:


    How to apply

    To apply please go to (brief registration required)



    The closing date for applications is Friday 29 March at 5.00pm. Candidates will be advised on whether they have an interview by mid April. Interviews will be held during the week commencing Monday 6 May 2019 in Tāmaki-Makau-rau Auckland. For the successful candidate the programme will commence at the end of May 2019.

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