Call for NZSA Board Representative – Youth Member (with mentorship)

In line with our 2020 Constitution, the New Zealand Society of Authors Te Puni Kaituhi O Aotearoa (PEN NZ Inc) Board may appoint a Board member to fill perceived gaps. Therefore, we’d like to appoint a ‘Youth’ member to join the Board. In this case, ‘youth’ is anyone under 30 years of age. This member will be mentored by the President and receive training in governance that would stand them in good stead for future governance roles. Initially, the role would commence from early 2022, with the opportunity to stand for election at the following AGM for an additional two-year role.

The person in this position will receive an $250 annual honorarium and $350 fee for National Board meetings attended. Travel expenses to attend the meetings are paid for by National Office. We usually aim for at least one board meeting face to face per year and others by  Zoom computer-conferencing. In the current climate most meetings are virtual.

Primary responsibility
To provide a ‘youth’ perspective to the Board for the benefit of all NZSA members.

Ideal attributes :
1. Already a member of NZSA (as per our Constitution);
2. A good grasp of the major issues facing younger writers;
3. The ability to contribute to the strategy and direction of NZSA; and
4. A willingness to contribute to National Board cohesion and good working relationships

We seek someone who can offer diverse experience, skills or perspectives and welcome all applications.  This is an opportunity to gain governance experience as part of career development.

Nominees may be nominated by the Branch, an individual who is a member of a Branch in the region, or you may nominate yourself. Nominations are to be seconded by another member and confirmed in writing by the nominee. Nominations can be completed by scan and email – print out your form, fill it out and then scan and email to the seconder.  Finally, please email the completed nomination form to

For nominations to be valid forms are to be received by the Chief Executive by 27 December 2021.
Nga mihi


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