The Ministry's Nominations Service maintains a database of skilled Pacific people who are available for appointment to state sector boards and committees.
Note: The appointments process is highly competitive and there is no guarantee that you will be appointed to a board. Equally, expressing an interest in board positions does not commit you to accepting any appointment that is offered to you.
The Ministry of Pacific Island Affairs is inviting nominations from the Pacific community to be considered for the Queen’s Birthday Honours List 2014. The Honours system recognises exceptional contributions of people across New Zealand.
Please take a personal interest in identifying and bringing forward nominations, as this is an important way of recognising Pacific people for their contribution to New Zealand.
In preparing your nominations, it is reasonable to ask other people for information about the candidate, but it is essential that all enquiries are handled in strict confidence and in no circumstances should the nominee be told that they are under consideration for an honour.
Anyone can nominate a person they think is worthy of a New Zealand Royal Honour and anyone can be nominated. The nominator will need to complete a nomination form which can be obtained from the Honours Unit or you can download a copy from here.
There are two ways that your nomination can be submitted.
1. Nomination applications can be sent directly to the Honours Unit by 13 December 2013.
2. You may also send your nominations to the Honours Unit and seek endorsement from the Ministry of Pacific Island Affairs.
To seek endorsement for your nomination, you may write to the Ministry of Pacific Island Affairs.
Contact: Ofania Ikiua
PO Box 833
The Ministry of Pacific Island Affairs may accept nominations and provide endorsement for candidates with exceptional contributions to Pacific people in New Zealand. Please note that there is no guarantee that your nomination will be considered.
Receipt of your nomination will be acknowledged. The Ministry will not enter into any further correspondence on your nomination.
Please complete the nomination form accurately. It is important that you provide as much factual, relevant information as possible about your nominee and the reasons for which recognition is sought.
Describe what is special about your nominee’s achievements and what they have done to deserve a New Zealand Royal Honour. Tell the story of how they have made a difference in their community or field of work and give an indication of their longevity of service. Show how they have demonstrated innovation or entrepreneurship, improved the lives of others, or exemplified selfless voluntary service.
You may list your nominee’s occupation and positions held in organisations, but be specific about the achievements that make them stand out above and beyond their peers.
Nominations should be made while the nominee is still active and, if possible, at least 12 months before he/she is expected to retire or stand down.
Support letters add depth to the nomination and validate your nominee’s character and achievements.
You may use additional sheets, but please ensure you include the nominee’s name on each page. Please do not send in examples of the nominee’s work such as DVDs, photographs or books.
It is not appropriate to nominate yourself for a New Zealand Royal Honour, and such nominations will not be considered.
Please find below further information about the nomination process from the Honours Unit.
SUBMITTING THE NOMINATION
The deadline for the receipt of nomination forms is 13 December 2013. Consideration is likely to take at least six months. Receipt of your nomination will be acknowledged.
Queen’s Birthday Honours List is published in June. You will need to check the appropriate honours list at the time of its announcement, in the national newspapers and on the honours website, to see if your nomination has been successful.
If the nomination is successful, nominees are formally asked by the Governor-General, on behalf of the Queen, whether they accept or decline the proposed honour. Sometimes the reason your nominee does not appear on the list is that he or she may have declined the honour.
The consent of the person being nominated is not required. The nominee should not be informed that they have been nominated, as it is not fair to raise expectations in case they are not met.
All nominations for honours are treated in the strictest confidence. No information regarding the nominee or the details of the nomination is divulged.
The number of honours available is strictly limited for each list. Not everyone can receive recognition, no matter how worthy their accomplishments. It is important to realise that an honour will not automatically follow a nomination.
Your nominee may be considered for two honours lists; if they are not successful in either list, you may assume that the nomination has lapsed. In order for your nominee to be reconsidered, you will need to either write to, or email the Honours Unit and request the nominee be reconsidered.
Nominations for New Zealand Royal Bravery Awards are made by completing a Bravery Award nomination form which is available from the Honours Unit on request. Special lists for the Bravery Awards are published periodically.
Information on the honours system can be found at www.honours.govt.nz. If you have any further questions or require guidance in the preparation of the nomination, please contact the Honours Unit at:
Telephone number: (04) 817 9840
Ministry of Pacific Island Affairs
Phone : 04 473 4493
Closing Date: 13 December 2013