Recruitment: Te Kōruru Trustees

Te Kōruru ​(the National Governing Body of Literacy Aotearoa) is seeking to appoint three new trustees.

Ko te Amorangi ki mua, Ko te hāpai ō ki muri​​


He angitūtanga – about us

The purpose of the Charitable Trust is to raise adult literacy and numeracy capabilities across Aotearoa. We deliver from over 40 locations nationwide, to over 8000 learners each year. Literacy Aotearoa, developed as a purpose-led entity that continues to honour the vision of the two women who founded it in 1974 – to ensure every adults’ right to read and write.

Its governing body is called Te Kōruru and the support office is in Tāmaki Makaurau.

Literacy Aotearoa honours Te Tiriti o Waitangi. This guides everything we do. By way of example we have a Māori and Tauiwi governance model, with Ngā Kaiwhakahaere (co-chairpersons) representing each. Literacy Aotearoa operates in accordance with the Māori version of Te Tiriti o Waitangi.

Literacy Aotearoa is committed to strengthening its Te Tiriti o Waitangi base by ensuring programmes and services are relevant for Māori learners and whānau, growing our numbers of Māori tutors, building connections with hapū and iwi and fostering correct pronunciation of te reo Māori. Our programmes and services are student-centred and provided at no cost to the learner.

The 2019 move to a Trust structure required major investment in developing new capacities, skills, business processes and relationships. At the same time, it has created the opportunity to achieve greater scale, increased ability to innovate both of which substantially extend the organisation’s reach to, and impact on many more learners.

Looking Forward

Literacy Aotearoa will continue to go through change.
Looking ahead, increasing the organisation’s reach and impact on many more learners, will require our more traditional ways of working to be complemented with new partnerships and relationships with a much wider range of organisations, communities and enterprises. Furthermore, Covid-19 heightens both the importance and urgency for higher literacy skills across New Zealand and the need to develop new ways of working.

Our priorities as an organisation are centred on reaching those learners in communities, whānau and workplaces whose lives and wellbeing will be most enhanced by greater literacy skills – be they reading, writing, numeracy, financial or digital. Te Kōruru is seeking to appoint three new trustees increasing the size of Te Kōruru from five to eight trustees. Current trustees have been appointed by an open and competitive process.

All trustees are expected to have commitment to:

  • The kaupapa and mission of Literacy Aotearoa
  • The organisational values: Manaaki Tangata (respect), Tika (justice), Mana (honour) and Pono (sincerity)
  • Te reo Māori me ngā tikanga
  • Upholding and promoting Te Tiriti o Waitangi

Prior governance experience is not necessary, but the ability to demonstrate strategic thinking is essential.

Ngā āhuatanga kei a mātou - what we offer

Appointment term

The term is three years, with the possibility of reappointment – subject to effective performance - up to a maximum of three terms.


To ensure regional connections it is desirable for trustees to provide a reasonable geographical spread.


The trustees currently receive $4,800 per annum (Ngā Kaiwhakahaere - $5,800 pa). Travel and other expenses are arranged.

Time commitment

Trustees are expected to contribute up to 12 days per year, which includes five Te Kōruru meetings (usually, but not always in Auckland and currently held by videoconference), subcommittees, teleconferences, stakeholder events and supporting the development of new relationships.

General skills and expertise required

  • A commitment to te Tiriti o Waitangi based kaupapa of the organisation
  • A passion for increasing the literacy skills of all New Zealanders
  • Experiences, skill sets and networks that will complement those of current trustees
  • Understandings of delivering services into community and enterprise settings
  • Appreciation of good governance practices in overseeing organisational performance
  • Practical experiences of organisational change and change management
  • A willingness to share their expertise and networks with the organisation
  • An understanding of operating and influencing within a tertiary policy environment.

Specific skills and expertise required

  • Iwi and Māori development. This would include strong networks with organisations that support and provide services within Māori communities
  • Strong community networks and relationships with communities and organisations that work with, and provide services to, Pasifika communities
  • Educational expertise of relevance to the oversight of the educational quality, integrity and effectiveness of education resources developed and utilised for different forms of delivery in different contexts
  • First hand experiences in organisations facing, responding to, or initiating disruptive change.

Te Kōruru current trustees are Norm McKenzie, Howard Fancy, Emily Vaka’uta, Jess Stall and Jo Cribb. Click here for further details.

Application closing date: 22 Haratua (May) 2020

To apply please forward your CV to:

Susan Huria at: or Phone: 021 962 704 for further information