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Expressions of Interest Read NZ Te Pou Muramura - new Board Members

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Read NZ Te Pou Muramura
4 Nov 2020
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Read NZ Te Pou Muramura is seeking to appoint new Board Members to their Board of Directors and welcomes expressions of interest.

A number of our directors’ terms are coming to an end over the next two years and we want to ensure continuity and overlap.

Read NZ Te Pou Muramura is New Zealand’s only national agency dedicated to reading for pleasure. We want more New Zealanders to read more.

Reading for pleasure is a proven poverty buster, leading to better literacy and improved overall education levels.

The OECD considers reading to be the most important indicator of the future success of a child, more important even than socio-economic status.

This is why we seek to build a nation of readers, leading to social, cultural and economic well-being.

Investing in promoting and advocating a national reading culture among New Zealanders will result in a better country for us all.

Increasingly our focus is on those children for whom to quote Arts Foundation Icon 2020 Joy Cowley, ‘a book is a closed secret, the children who see other children in a book but never themselves’. Children who learn to love reading will become readers for life, and will experience all the benefits thereof.

We make a difference by:

  • Advocating for the importance of reading.
  • Delivering our Writers in Schools programme, in 2019 more than 60,000 children across New Zealand were inspired by a New Zealand writer or illustrator in their school;
  • Alongside Writers in Schools, we also facilitate Writers in Communities, and more recently Writers in Youth Justice through our relationships with the Ministry of Education and Oranga Tamariki;
  • Researching reading habits and barriers to reading, our most recent research looked at how our digital devices are changing the way we read. It found that we spend half our waking lives on line, that at any given time two thirds of us are reading something, and of those who are reading, 70% are reading online.
  • Delivering campaigns targeted to reluctant or non-readers to encourage reading, in 2019 we partnered with NZ Cricket to bring the Summer Smash Reading Challenge to encourage children to pick up a book over the summer holidays, in 2020 we are excited to be partnering with the SPCA to reach an even wider audience of young readers;

Board Information

The board is comprised of the Chair, and (currently) 6 directors. The board can take up to 12 directors, terms are for 3 years, with a maximum of 3 terms.

This is not a representative board however it has strong ties to the literary and related sectors.

The board has a policy of inclusion and diversity in board composition.

We are a grass roots organisation and we focus on ‘getting things done’. We are interested in collaborations and partnerships with other like-minded organisations that want to make a difference in the lives of all New Zealanders.

We are at the beginning our Te Tiriti journey, and are exploring ways we can incorporate Te Tiriti principles into our everyday work practice.

We are looking for expressions of interest from those who wish to join our Board of Directors, and are seeking representatives of all ages and backgrounds.

Formal governance experience is desirable but not essential. For the current vacancies, the board is seeking people with experience in either (or a combination) of the following:

  • Te Ao Māori
  • Pasifika and new New Zealand voices
  • Sponsorship/fundraising
  • Finance & Accounting
  • Government (relations)
  • Development of Strategic Partnerships/Relationship Building
  • Technology/Digital
How to apply

Applicants must live in New Zealand and can be based in any region.

The Board of Directors meets four times per year (we aim for two virtual and two in-person meetings), with a separate strategy session held, usually in February, to set the direction of the organisation for the year. The AGM is held in Wellington (or virtually as necessity dictates), generally in May or June.

Board members are expected to attend the AGM and some of our events, where possible. Our key annual event is the Read NZ Te Pou Muramura Pānui (previously Lecture), held in November in 2020. Board members may also be involved in sub-committees and fund-raising initiatives.

Board member positions are unpaid, all board members give their time voluntarily. Travel and accommodation is paid for and expenses related to attending meetings are reimbursed

How to apply

If you are interested, we’d love to hear from you.

Please submit your CV and Expression of Interest in a letter outlining why you want to be a Board Member of Read New Zealand Te Pou Muramura, and what skills you would bring to the role.

The current board will consider the applications, and interview over the phone or in person as appropriate.

Please make your application to the Peter Biggs, Chair of Read NZ Te Pou Muramura via email to:

The closing date for applications is 5pm Wednesday 4th November, 2020

For further information please contact the Chief Executive in the first instance, email



Written by

Read NZ Te Pou Muramura

5 Oct 2020