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Becoming a Trustee

Becoming a Trustee

The Minister of Finance has responsibility for appointing Trustees for Rātā Foundation as one of the twelve Community Trusts.

Trustee appointments

Each year, these appointments are delegated to the Associate Minister of Finance, currently the Hon Shane Jones. The appointment process is managed by the Department of Internal Affairs (DIA). The call for nominations is advertised on DIA’s website.

Please click here for further details about the DIA appointment process to statutory bodies.

Background material for candidates

The Minister of Finance appoints Trustees under the Community Trusts Act 1999. The Act states the maximum term of office for Trustees must not exceed four years, but a Trustee may hold office on more than one occasion. The person must be a resident in the region of the Foundation to hold office.


The Trustees elect the Chair, Deputy Chair and various committee chairs.


Trustees workload commitment is expected to be about 30 days annually, across Board and sub-committee meetings over the course of each year.

There are seven board meetings per annum. These are held on a Wednesday in Canterbury. One Board meeting per year may be held in Nelson and Marlborough. In addition, Trustees may be required to participate in two 2-day strategic planning sessions held in April and October each year.

Trustees are expected to take part in sub-committees which convene separately to the Board meeting.

Key Activities

Key activities of the Board are as follows:

  • Setting goals and objectives of Rātā and reviewing progress
  • Participating in the strategic planning process
  • Appointing the CEO and delegating levels of authority
  • Approval and monitoring of annual plans and budgets
  • Approval of grant policies and applications
  • Approval of investment policies and investment portfolio oversight
  • To ensure compliance with all statutory obligations and making decisions outside of delegations.
  • Participate on various sub-committees.

Our Purpose

We strive for an equitable and sustainable society under the korowai of Te Tiriti o Waitangi.

We aim to create a world where nothing gets in the way of people enjoying full and healthy lives. A world where people:

  • can Learn and reach their potential through a lifetime of knowledge, skills and confidence.
  • get Support to overcome challenges, build resilience and make the most of life.
  • can Connect with people, place and culture.
  • can Participate in the activities that enhance their health and wellbeing.
  • are Sustainable, working together to care for each other and their environment.

We support people and community organisations in Waitaha (Canterbury), Te Tauihu o Te Waka-A-Māui (Nelson Marlborough), and Rēkohu Wharekauri (Chatham Islands).

E pātuki te manawa o te Rātā, he oranga mō te iwi. The heartbeat of the Rātā sustains the people.