QEII National Trust
director elections

The QEII National Trust Board is responsible for executive control and management of the QEII National Trust. 

Our Board is made up of six directors. The Minister of Conservation appoints four directors who have the right mix of environmental and conservation values, and who can reflect the interests of rural landowners, and the interests of the Maori community. QEII National Trust members elect the remaining two directors. 

Nominations for candidates for the next director elections were open from 7 September 2021 and closed on 17 December 2021. The two elected directors will serve three-year terms, effective from 1 April 2022.  

Once the candidates are confirmed, ballot papers and voting forms will be issued to eligible voting members in early February 2022. The voting period will run until 14 March 2022. After voting has closed, results will be confirmed Monday 21 March 2022.

Update 17 December 2021:

Nominations for candidates for the 2022 director elections have closed as of 12:00 pm, Friday 17 December 2021.

Three nominations were received for two positions on the Board. The confirmed candidates are:

Donna Field
Murray McKee
Graham Mourie

Voting papers will be issued to eligible voting members from Thursday 10 February 2022. Votes can be made online or by post. The voting period will run until 12 noon 14 March 2022, more information about voting in the election is available here

The Notice of Confirmed Candidates from Electionz.com can be viewed here and their candidate profiles are available here.

Update 10 February 2022:

QEII members can now vote for two Directors to serve on the Board of Directors for a three-year term, effective from 1 April 2022.

All eligible members have been posted a voting pack in the mail today, 10 February, which will take up to five days to be delivered. Voting can be done either by returning the voting paper in the mail or online. Please note, online and postal voting closes at 12 noon, Monday 14 March 2022.

It is recommended that votes are posted no later than Wednesday 9 March 2022 to reach the Returning Officer by the close of voting at 12 noon on Monday 14 March 2022.  Postal votes that are postmarked Monday 14 March 2022 or earlier will still be counted.  A final result is expected on Monday 21 March 2022.


asked questions

Please note: Nominations closed at midday on 17 December 2021. 

Where can I find the candidate handbook?
The candidate handbook outlines all the information candidates need for the 2022 QEII director elections. It is available here.

Who can make nominations, be nominated and vote?

Only members of QEII (current honorary covenantors, life members, financial members, or an officer of a corporate member) can make a nomination or be nominated and vote in the elections. Please note: Nominations closed at midday on 17 December 2021. 


Can I nominate myself?
Yes, of course. Eligible members may put themselves forward for consideration and do not need to provide a nominator. Please note: Nominations closed at midday on 17 December 2021. 


I’m a financial member, do I need to do anything?
Your financial membership must be current on 23 December 2021 and must not expire before 31 March 202to be eligible to nominate, be nominated, and vote.


What skills should candidates have? 
Directors should have some or all of the following skills: 

  • Knowledge of agricultural production and private land management
  • Knowledge of biodiversity and ecological values andconservation principles
  • Experience in governance and strategic thinking and planning
  • Experience in community projects and networks and the ability to represent the NationalTrust’s covenanting membership as a whole. 

What duties do board directors have?

Elected Directors must represent all members and not any other organisations or special interest groups that they may be affiliated with. 

The Board usually meets five times a year for Board meetings, which are held in various locations around New Zealand. Directors may also need to attend events, and if appointed to a sub-committee, may be required to attend further meetings for sub-committee business. 

The QEII National Trust Board is a governing board. Details about the Trust Board’s role and functions can be found in the QEII National Trust Act. You can view the Act here. 

Are directors paid?

On days when directors are required to carry out Board business, they will receive a daily fee of $215 plus reimbursement of any Board related costs. 


Where can I get a nomination form? 
Nomination forms can be requested by emailing iro@electionz.com, by calling the returning officer on 0800 666 032 or online here. A printable version of the form can also be downloaded here. Please note: Nominations closed at midday on 17 December 2021.


How do I submit a nomination?  
Please note: Nominations closed at midday on 17 December 2021. Each nomination must be made on an official nomination paper. Completed nomination forms need to be submitted to the Returning Officer, which can be done by email to nominations@electionz.com. Nominations must be made by midday on 17 December 2021. 
Other queries 
For any other queries relating to the nomination and election process, email the Returning Officer on iro@electionz.com or phone 0800 666 049. 

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