Why join the IoD?

There are many reasons for joining depending on your career stage.

Established directors join because they want to support their profession by belonging to the professional organisation for directors. They believe in standards for directors. They want to give back to the profession.

New directors join to further develop their career. Membership gives them access to training and opportunities to build their networks.

Membership gives you:

No matter what your career stage, membership gives you the chance to demonstrate your commitment to following best practice as a director.

Comprehensive resources

  • Code of Practice for Directors: a guide to help you carry out your duties and responsibilities as a director to the highest professional standard.
  • The Four Pillars of Governance Best Practice: the IoD’s comprehensive reference guide for directors in New Zealand. The Four Pillars blends high level principles in governance best practice, with practical guidance on day to day directorship and an interpretation of legislation.
  • Complimentary advice: preliminary advice on governance or remuneration matters.
  • Governance Leadership Centre: a wealth of resources available on IoD’s website to keep members strategically and critically informed on director issues.

 BoardRoom magazineStay current

  • BoardRoom: our bi-monthly magazine which keeps you up to date on the most important issues in governance.
  • www.iod.org.nz: a wealth of information for boards and directors including member only access to resources and special member rates.
  • Topical speakers at local branch events.
  • Join our LinkedIn group, Institute of Directors in New Zealand, to follow and take part in discussions relating to governance and issues affecting directors.
  • Follow us on Facebook and Twitter – IoDNZ

Career development

  • Director Development: a comprehensive range of courses for all stages of a directors career. Members can attend at the members’ rate. If considering the Company Directors' Course, we recommend you join to gain the benefit of the member rate.
  • DirectorSearch database: eligibility to list on our DirectorSearch database to be put forward to clients using our DirectorSearch service .
  • DirectorVacancies: access to current governance opportunities.
  • Events, workshops and networking opportunities: local branch events and workshops relevant to your governance career and the opportunity to network with directors of all experience levels.
  • Aspiring directors: support for new or aspiring directors including advice, special events and aspiring director awards.

Specialist board services
(N.B. fees apply for these services)

  • BetterBoards: an online appraisal tool to help evaluate and develop boards, chairmen, directors and chief executives.
  • DirectorSearch: an impartial recruitment service to help organisations find the best directors for their board.
  • DirectorVacancies: ability for not-for-profits and other organisations to advertise their governance vacancies to members.
  • DirectorRem: independent analysis and advice on director remuneration.
  • Annual IoD Directors' Fees Survey: an annual survey of director remuneration.
  • GovernanceAdvice and review: tailored advice on a range of governance issues.


  • As the leading voice on best practice governance in New Zealand, the IoD seeks to represent and advocate for directors in the media, to the government and to other relevant stakeholders.

Other services

  • Access to cost-effective meeting facilities in Auckland, Hamilton, Tauranga, Christchurch, Dunedin and at the IoD UK premises in central London.
  • Special member rates for Director Development courses, branch events and a range of products and services such as accommodation and insurance.
  • DirectorRem Fee Indicator - IoD members can access a free DirectorRem Fee Indicator report. This provides a quick selection of data from the latest Director Fees’ Report relevant to a current governance role, or one being considered.  It’s easy to order via an online form. You log in with your email and membership password to access this member only benefit.
  • Access to contact details of other members for networking purposes.