The Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) administers the Ministerial appointments process on behalf of the Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment. The Ministerial appointment process generally includes three phases: consultation, consideration and communication.
Several months before the expiry of that member’s term of office, the TEC contacts the council Chair. If the member has served two terms already, the TEC asks for an assessment of the skills required and for nominations for a new member. The TEC also seeks nominations from a range of government agencies, including the Ministry for Women, Te Puni Kōkiri and Ministry of Pacific Island Affairs, and the Minister seeks nominations from his or her parliamentary colleagues.
When consultation is complete, the TEC prepares a submission that enables the proposed appointment(s) to be considered by the Minister. The Minister notifies his or her decision to Cabinet colleagues before the candidates are informed and the decision is made public.
During this phase, all interested parties are notified of the outcome of the appointments process. The Minister writes to:
When considering TEI council appointments, the Minister is required to ensure that council members have the skills and experience to enable the council to properly fulfil its functions, that the council reflects the ethnic and socio-economic diversity of its community and the gender balance in the population, and that at least one member is Māori (s 171B).