The Canterbury Museum is a registered Charitable Trust, the governance of which is vested in the Canterbury Museum Trust Board, and as set out in the Canterbury Museum Trust Board Act 1993.
Canterbury Museum relies upon the vision and business expertise of its board, which consists of:
- four members appointed by the Christchurch City Council
- one member appointed jointly by Hurunui and Waimakariri District Councils
- one member appointed by Selwyn District Council
- one member appointed by the University of Canterbury
- one member appointed by the Canterbury Branch of the Royal Society of New Zealand
- one member appointed by Te Runanga o Ngai Tahu
- one member appointed by the Association of Friends of Canterbury Museum
- one member appointed by the Canterbury Pilgrims’ and Early Settlers’ Association
The Board’s role is to act in the best interests of Canterbury Museum in order to ensure its long term sustainability and achieves this through a close working relationship with the Director, who is charged with the day-to-day leadership and management of the Museum. The Board meets monthly, except for January, each year.
The Board maintains an up-to-date register of interests.
The Board has five standing committees:
Audit and Risk Committee – comprising four board members including the Chair. This committee is responsible for overseeing the Museum’s statutory compliance, reviewing the financial reporting processes, the effectiveness of the management information systems and systems of internal control and the audit process. The Committee is also responsible for ensuring that a risk management strategy is in place.
Investment Committee – comprising four board members including the Chair and the Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee. This committee is responsible for managing the review of the Museum’s investment portfolio and the appointment of the Museum’s Investment Advisor on a three-year term.
Employment Committee – comprising two board members and the Chair. This committee is responsible for the appointment of the Director and thereafter for all aspects of their employment, including developing annual key performance indicators and remuneration.
Executive Committee – This committee comprises the Chair, Deputy Chair and the Director and has delegated authority to make decisions as a matter of urgency between Board meetings.
Ohaki O Nga Tipuna (Iwi Liaison Committee) – This committee comprises three board members, one of whom is the Te Runanga o Ngāi Tahu appointee, two representatives from Ngāi Tahu, two representatives from Nga Maata Waka and two representatives from the Museum staff, one of whom is the Director. This committee provides guidance and assistance with respect to policies and kaitiakitanga of Maori taonga, and aspects of tikanga Maori.