Trustee appointments

Trustees are appointed to the ECCT Board for a four-year term by the Minister of Finance, under the Community Trusts Act 1999.  As well as seeking nominations from the Trust, the Minister can receive applications directly from interested parties.  The appointment process is managed by the Department of Internal Affairs.

To apply, you must reside within the Trust’s legislative boundary (Tairawhiti, Hawke’s Bay, Manawatu, Tararua, Horowhenua, Wairarapa), and have significant networks within the region. This should be coupled with a passion to see everyone in our region succeed, and support for our Strategic Plan including our Vision, Values and Strategic Pou.

To find out more about Trustee appointments, and  key dates for applications, please visit the following Link on the DIA website or contact [email protected]

Note – closing dates for expressions of interest in Community Trusts positions are normally in June.

Skills and attributes required

We are keen to hear from those who can bring at least some of the following skills and experience:

  • Experience in housing and property development, in particular social housing.
  • Social sector experience and/or working with rangatahi.
  • Governance experience working in partnerships and collaboratively.
  • Business, financial and /or investment experience.
  • Strong connections to the communities we serve, including Mana Whenua, Tangata Whenua, Pasifika, disabled people, and people from a range of ethnic and cultural backgrounds.

In addition to these skills you will share our commitment to becoming a Tangata Tiriti organisation, a climate-aware organisation, and to ECCT kaupapa, values and equity.

The Board welcomes applications from critical thinkers open to progressive new ways to support our communities and the capacity to put in the mahi. 


Trustees will be requested to attend at least 16 Board and sub-committee meetings over the course of each year. We estimate a trustee is required to work approximately 30 to 40 days per year.
Board meetings are held every two months at the ECCT offices in Hastings and sometimes in our regions. The Annual Public Meeting is held on a rotational basis in one of our six regions. In addition, Trustees are required to participate in a two-day retreat held 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:

  • Participating in the strategic planning process
  • Setting goals and objectives and reviewing progress
  • Approval and monitoring of annual plans and budget
  • Approval of capital expenditure
  • Approval of investment policies
  • Approval of grant policies and grant applications
  • Approval of operating expenditure outside budgets and delegations
  • Appointment of the Chief Executive and delegating levels of authority to the CE
  • Ensuring compliance with all statutory obligations
  • Sub-committees include Audit and Risk and General Manager Performance Review Committee.