Call for nominations for Fiordland Marine Guardians 

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The Minister for the Environment is seeking nominations for members of the Fiordland Marine Guardians (the Guardians). 

The Guardians are an advisory group established by the Fiordland (Te Moana o Atawhenua) Marine Management Act 2005. They are responsible for providing advice to Ministers, government departments, and Environment Southland on the management of the Fiordland (Te Moana o Atawhenua) Marine Area (FMA). 

The Guardians must have a balanced mix of knowledge and experience in relation to the FMA, and at least five Guardians must reside in the Otago or Southland regions. One position is currently available to be filled. 

Knowledge and skills in some or all of the following areas is desirable: 

  • an understanding of Te Tiriti o Waitangi, Te Tiriti based partnerships, and tikanga Māori 

  • knowledge of the Guardians’ vision and philosophy and an ability to demonstrate behaviours aligned to these principles 

  • demonstrated interest and enthusiasm for the role and the FMA, and the necessary time to contribute effectively to the work of the Guardians 

  • relevant (recent and ongoing) experience and knowledge of coastal Fiordland 

  • experience, knowledge and perspective to complement those of the current Guardians (current Guardians are profiled here

  • knowledge, experience and/or expertise in one or more aspects of the legislation and policy instruments relevant to managing the FMA (eg, familiarity with the Fiordland (Te Moana o Atawhenua) Marine Management Act 2005, fisheries, environmental and/or conservation legislation, Te Tiriti o Waitangi, regional plans) 

  • demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with others from diverse backgrounds 

  • confidence and experience in effective communications and engagement 

  • a wide network of people that have an interest in the FMA 

  • experience in governance and/or an understanding of what governance is and how this is applied through the Fiordland Marine Guardians model 

  • demonstrated behaviours that suggest they have high personal integrity 

  • experience chairing meetings or in related leadership roles.   

For further information on the position, please see the Guardians' role description

How to apply

Please email the following completed application documents to by the closing date of Monday 8 August 2022:

  • a cover letter outlining how you/the nominee meet the role requirements
  • a completed nomination form (form available here)
  • a current CV (using the template available here)

Alternatively, the completed application documents can be posted to Fiordland Marine Guardians nominations, Ministry for the Environment, PO Box 10362, Wellington 6143 to arrive by the closing date of Monday 8 August 2022.