Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 


Deputy Mayor launches initiative to boost diversity

Deputy Mayor launches initiative to boost diversity on council boards


Auckland Council is introducing a programme to foster greater gender and ethnic diversity at board level, Deputy Mayor Penny Hulse announced today.

The year-long Board Observer Programme is designed to give aspiring directors boardroom knowledge and allow them to establish relationships and networks with current directors, in conjunction with Auckland’s council-controlled organisations (CCOs).

Deputy Mayor Penny Hulse, Chair of the CCO Governance and Monitoring Committee, says “A lack of gender and ethnic diversity on boards is an issue in New Zealand and overseas.

“This programme is a step towards building that capacity for Auckland businesses and organisations, using the considerable experience within our CCOs to foster a new generation of skilled board members from groups traditionally not well-represented.”

Mayor Len Brown says “The previous council was often frustrated by the lack of diversity in experienced directors when we were seeking to appoint to our CCOs. This programme was born from the desire to expand that diversity.”

Thirty-two per cent of Auckland Council’s current CCO directors are women. This compares with 14.75 per cent in New Zealand’s top 100 companies and 41 per cent of state sector boards.*

Interview panel member for the programme Councillor Penny Webster says the calibre of the applicants was impressive.

“This is Auckland Council’s contribution to building a more diverse pool of experienced directors for Auckland organisations and companies,” says Cr Webster. I am confident these new appointees are a fantastic first step towards greater ethnic and gender diversity in Auckland governance.”
The appointees are:

Alexandra Delany to Watercare Services Limited - a lawyer with commercial experience, strong business acumen and an interest in corporate governance.
Sarah Beaman to Regional Facilities Auckland – a strategic thinker with experience and a broad knowledge in business and sport. Sarah has experience in developing organisations to have a strong governance model that will ensure their future sustainability.
Kylie Clegg to Auckland Transport – an experienced legal and corporate governance background across a range of sectors. Kylie brings previous governance experience during her time on the boards of the Halberg Disability Sport Foundation and New Zealand Olympic Committee.
· Sarah Minhinnick to Waterfront Auckland – expertise in banking and finance, combined with a high-level legal background. Sarah has well-developed client relationship and management skills that enable her to communicate across a variety of levels.


The programme is designed to run from February 2014 to February 2015. In conjunction with the CCOs, a decision will be made in late 2014 as to whether the programme will be repeated in 2015.

* The Human Rights Commission 2012 Census of Women’s Participation found that in New Zealand’s top 100 companies by market capitalisation, only 14.75 per cent of directors are women (90 directorships held by 69 women in 55 companies). The HRC notes that at the current rates of progress, equality in New Zealand corporate governance will take another 35 years to achieve.

Central government has a gender diversity target of 45 per cent by 2014. In 2012, 35 per cent of directors of crown companies and 41 per cent of directors of state sector boards were women.

Ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Anzac Issue Out Now: Werewolf 47

Hi and welcome to the 47th edition of Werewolf, published on the eve of Anzac Day. Its become a cliché to describe Gallipolli as the crucible of this country’s identity, yet hold on... Isn’t our national identity supposed to be bi-cultural... and wouldn’t that suggest that the New Zealand Wars of the 19th century is a more important crucible of national identity than those fought on foreign soil?

Yet as Alison McCulloch eloquently reveals in this month’s cover story, New Zealand devotes a mere fraction of its attention span and funding resources to commemorating the New Zealand Wars compared to what it devotes to the two world wars, Vietnam and Afghanistan... More>>

 

Parliament Today:

Crowdsourcing: Green Party Launches Internet Rights And Freedoms Bill

The Green Party has today launched the Internet Rights and Freedoms Bill, New Zealand’s first ever Bill crowdsourced by a political party. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Shane Jones Departure

Shane Jones has left Parliament in the manner to which we have become accustomed, with self interest coming in first and second, and with the interests of the Labour Party (under whose banner he served) way, way back down the track. More>>

COMMENT:

Multimedia: PM Post-Cabinet Press Conference - April 22 2014

The Prime Minister met with reporters to discuss: • The recent improvement in the economy with a growing job market • Income and wealth inequality • Easter trading laws • The New Zealander killed in a drone strike in Yemen... More>>

Easter Trading: Workers 'Can Kiss Goodbye To Easter Sunday Off'

The Government’s decision to “reprioritise” scarce labour inspector resources by abandoning the enforcement of Easter Sunday Shop Trading laws means workers can kiss goodbye to a guaranteed day off, says Labour’s Associate Labour Issues spokesperson Darien Fenton. More>>

ALSO:

ACT Don't Go For Maximum Penalty: Three Strikes For Burglary, Three Years Jail

Three strikes for burglary was introduced to England and Wales in 1999. As in New Zealand, burglary was out of control and given a low priority by the police and the courts. A Labour government passed a three strikes law whereby a third conviction for burglaries earned a mandatory three years in prison... More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Drone Strikes And Judith Collins‘ Last Stand

The news that a New Zealand citizen was killed last November in a US drone attack in Yemen brings the drones controversy closer to home. More>>

ALSO:

Elections: New Electorate Boundaries Finalised

New boundaries for the country’s 64 General and seven Māori electorates have been finalised – with an additional electorate created in Auckland. More>>

ALSO:

Policies: Labour’s Economic Upgrade For Manufacturing

Labour Leader David Cunliffe has today announced his Economic Upgrade for the manufacturing sector – a plan that will create better jobs and higher wages. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Life And ACC Work Of Sir Owen Woodhouse

With the death of Sir Owen Woodhouse, the founding father of the Accident Compensation Scheme, New Zealand has lost one of the titans of its post-war social policy. More>>

ALSO:

Bad Transnationals: Rio Tinto Wins 2013 Roger Award

It won the 2011 Roger Award and was runner up in 2012, 2009 and 08. One 2013 nomination said simply and in its entirety: “Blackmailing country”... More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
Regional
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news