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Role description for HiNZ Board members

The HiNZ Board provides strategic direction to the organisation in concert with the CEO, in line with the HiNZ constitution. Board accountabilities include oversight for organisational sustainability and value for members. This role description is based on best practice input from professional governance organisations in New Zealand.


The HiNZ board has a mixture of elected board members (two year term) and appointed board members (one year term). Three of the elected board member positions are up for election this year.



Nominations for the board election are now open. 

Nominations close 31 August.

To nominate someone for the board please fill in this form


Online voting will take place during Sep/Oct, and the results of the election will be announced at the HiNZ AGM. If you have questions please email Kim.


Board member types

The HiNZ constitution allows for the board to consist of up to 9 members, comprising either elected or appointed individuals, all with equal voting rights. Refer to section 7.1 in the constitution to read more about the rules relating to the composition of the board.


Board member qualifications
  • Has experience in, or expresses a willingness to proactively learn, governance skills for New Zealand not-­for-­profits. 
  • Has experience in, or expresses a willingness to proactively learn about, the New Zealand health sector, and specifically the role of health informatics in the sector. 
  • Must be, and remain during their term, a financial member of HiNZ. (Those people with free student memberships or free reciprocal memberships are not eligible to be nominated for the HiNZ Board.)


Board member responsibilities
  • Regularly attends board meetings and important related meetings. The current constitution requires up to four board meetings annually. However there may be additional meetings requested during the year. The board meetings have traditionally included two full day in-person meetings and the remaining via teleconference.
  • Makes serious commitment to participate actively in Board work. The current Board work includes strategic planning and working on project teams (primarily focused on the development of additional member services), in conjunction with the CEO.
  • Volunteers for and willingly accepts assignments and completes them thoroughly and  on time. Assignments will be discussed as part of Board meetings and will  include ad-­hoc working committee activity or ongoing working committees. 
  • Stays informed about HiNZ matters, prepares themselves well for meetings, and reviews and comments on minutes and reports. 
  • Gets to know other Board members and builds a collegial working relationship that 
    contributes to consensus.
  • Is an active participant in the Board’s annual evaluation and planning efforts. Current work includes the continued development and establishment of HiNZ as a sustainable member organisation, building the profession of health informatics for New Zealand. 


 Benefits for HiNZ Board members
  • Opportunities for complimentary registration for HINZ sponsored or co-­sponsored events, as set out in the HiNZ annual budget, and as determined to align with the HiNZ strategic plan.
  • Opportunities to attend events or participate in discussions, as a HiNZ representative, with expenses paid as set out in the annual budget.
  • HiNZ Business card, indicating role on the HiNZ Board.


Expenses reimbursed for HINZ Board members
  • There is no financial remuneration for time spent in HiNZ Board related activities.
  • Reasonable expenses that are incurred in the execution of the role will be reimbursed according to a schedule that is set out by the Board and included in the annual budget.
  • Expenses pre-approved by HiNZ include:
    • free travel expenses from within NZ to the in-person HiNZ Board meetings
    • free accommodation for two nights during the annual HiNZ Conference
    • free delegate pass to the annual 2.5 day HiNZ Conference
  • No other expenses may be claimed by board members without prior approval of the HiNZ Board or HiNZ CEO.


If you have questions please email us.

Role for HiNZ Board member 

HiNZ, PO Box 300125, Albany, Auckland 0752, New Zealand.

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