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Panel Discussion

Fully booked



What is the future for NGO Governance?

Join our thought-leading panel for a deep-dive discussion on the recently released Future of NGO governance report. We are also providing a live webcast of the event. See details below.

Caren Rangi, Mel Hewitson, Yvonne Powley, Te Aroha Grace, Mai Chen
5:30pm — 7:30pm, 4 December 2019
Foundation North
50 Ponsonby Road, Grey Lynn, Ponsonby 1011
Price members
$0.00 incl GST
Price non-members
$0.00 incl GST

This event will also be webcast live. See details below


114,000 non-government organisations (NGOs) operate in New Zealand, generating an estimated $20 billion in annual income.

Not only do NGOs represent a sizeable part of our economy and workforce, the services they provide underpin many aspects of our lives.

The Centre for Social Impact, in partnership with the Superdiversity Institute of Law, Policy and Business, recently released a report into the future of governance for New Zealand’s NGOs.

This report puts a spotlight on the significant challenges and opportunities NGO Boards will be faced with now and into the future. It calls for the development of a national strategy to strengthen, unify, enhance the value and support best practice in community sector governance.

The Institute of Directors is pleased to be supporting this event.

What is the Future for NGO Governance? - Webcast

Given the importance of this discussion and relevance for our wider membership, we are pleased to be able to offer this event as a webcast. 

Date: 4 December 2019
Time: 6.00pm - 7.10pm
CPD: 2 points - you can self log two points on completion

Register: Register for the webcast through the GigTV website


Caren Rangi

Caren is a proud Cook Islands Māori, who has a governance career that spans sixteen years on Boards in the broadcasting, health, arts and education sectors. She is a qualified chartered accountant and is a Fellow of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand.

Her current Board roles include Deputy Chair of the Arts Council of New Zealand (Creative New Zealand), Board member of the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, Director, Pacific Cooperation Broadcasting Ltd, Trustee, Pacific Homecare Services and Director, Pacific Inc Ltd (trading as Le Va). Caren is also a Director of the Cook Islands Investment Corporation in Rarotonga. In addition to her Board roles, Caren is an Associate of the Centre for Social Impact.

Caren’s service to governance and leadership was recognised with the awarding of a 2016 New Zealander of the Year Local Hero Award, and the 2018 Linden Estate Hawke’s Bay Business Leader of the Year. In 2018 she was conferred with an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit in 2018, for services to governance and the Pacific community.

Mel Hewitson

Mel is a professional director, following an executive career in institutional investment management, risk, compliance and financial regulation.  ​

Mel is an independent director of Simplicity NZ, Trust Investments Management, Sargon NZ and Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei Whai Maia. She is Deputy Chair of Foundation North, Chair of Centre for Social Impact and chairs the Nominating Committees for the Guardians of New Zealand Super Fund and the Waikato-Tainui Group Investment Committee. She is an independent member of the FINDEX Advice Services NZ Investment Committee and a trustee of Auckland Foundation.​

Previously, Mel held senior roles at the Financial Markets Authority, Trustees Executors, ANZ Bank, AllianceBernstein and Tower Asset Management.​

Mel is a Chartered Member of the Institute of Directors and an Accredited Investment Fiduciary.

Yvonne Powley

Yvonne has been the CEO of Auckland Community North and Development (ANCAD) for the past ten years. ANCAD is one of the largest capability builders in Auckland around governance and management for the community sector.  She has extensive governance, management and operational experience and is a recognized leader in the NFP sector. She has a commitment to social justice and advocacy for the community sector.

Yvonne ran her own business Pacific Research and Development, working on various projects in the Pacific and Melanesia. She has experience in the Social Impact assessment of energy development in New Zealand and also disaster assessment work - having participated in several disaster relief missions in the Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea. She was on the Board of RedR New Zealand, secretary of NZ Private Educational Providers of New Zealand as well as Director of EWPANZ. 

She is a member of the Institute of Directors, Governance New Zealand and the International Association of Community Development.

Te Aroha Grace

Te Aroha Grace recently served as the Innovation Officer and Cultural Identity General Manager roles of his own post settled tribal entity, Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei. This tribal group have had the mana to listen and be heard in Auckland | Tāmaki Makaurau for the last 300 years.

As a consultant for his new organisation, Nuu Limited, Te Aroha uses the wisdom and genius of Te Ao Māori | The Māori World view to navigate social diversity and environmental sustainability issues. The Iwi Algorithms are made relevant in a vibrant but struggling world. 

Mai Chen

Mai Chen is Managing Partner Chen Palmer Public and Employment Law Specialists; Adjunct Professor at the University of Auckland School of Law, Director on the BNZ Board and also chairs the BNZ People, Remuneration and Communications Committee and sits on the Audit Committee, Chair of Superdiversity Institute for Law, Policy and Business, NZ Asian Leaders and Superdiverse Women.

She previously sat on the New Zealand Securities Commission and served on the Board of AMP Life Ltd. Mai is the best selling author of Diverse Thinking Capability Audit of New Zealand Board Rooms and Public Law Toolbox. She has been a top ten finalist in New Zealander of the Year twice and was in the Top 50 Diversity Figures in Public Life in the Global Diversity List 2016 affiliated with the Global Diversity Awards, which produces the annual European Diversity Awards, and supported by The Economist.

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