New Zealand Hi-Tech Trust seeking trustee to join the Board

As a result of the trust’s policy of regularly refreshing its Board, the Trustees of New Zealand’s Hi-Tech Trust ( ) are seeking a new South Island based member to join the Board of Trustees. The workload is relatively light with 2-3 in person meetings a year, including a day-long strategy session, and attendance at the Hi-Tech Awards  (the organisation of which is outsourced), along with around 2 hours per week to drive initiatives as determined by the Trust.

The NZ Hi-Tech Trust was established in 2009 to advance the growth and success of New Zealand's hi-tech industries through an awards and education programme. All profits generated by the Awards programme are reinvested by the Trust to ensure the continuance of the programme and to benefit the long-term development of the industries it supports, with a view to inspiration, learning and promotion of our capabilities domestically and internationally.

The Hi-Tech Trust plays a leadership role, in conjunction with NZ Tech, in the advancement of the hi-tech sector in the New Zealand economy, and is responsible for the Hi-Tech Awards, widely viewed as the most successful awards ceremony held annually in New Zealand. This annual event consistently attracts over one thousand industry participants, with a waiting list of attendees and sponsors.  Entrants have grown 150% over the last 5 years, and with technology becoming integrated into all sectors of our economy we predict higher relevance moving forward.

In the recent report ‘From Tech Sector to Digital Nation’ the tech sector was recognised as New Zealand’s 3rd largest industry sector, generating over $16 billion in revenues and $6.3 billion in export earnings. It employs close to 100,000 people, or around 5% of the workforce. 

Our industry is young, vibrant, and culturally diverse, represented by all ages and nationalities, across all regions of the country. Our desire is to have the Board representative of the diversity within the industry, and would like to encourage leaders within the industry, based in the South Island, to put their names forward to be considered for this position. 

This is a volunteer role, but any and all logistics costs related to duties are covered by the Hi Tech Trust.

More information about the Trust, and current Trustees can be found here :

Please express your interest directly to a short resume outlining your industry experience. Expressions of interest close 20 December 2019.

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