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Governance information

Resources and relevant information for Chairs, directors and trustees.

The situation in New Zealand and across the world is changing rapidly during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

As a Chair, director or trustee you may be looking for information on how to understand and approach the challenges this presents. The current situation has heightened the need to be very clear about central governance concepts and put a focus on purpose and evidence-based decision making. Great organisations spend equal time deciding what not to do, as what to do.

To assist during this time, we collated some resources specially related to governance which we hope will help inform and guide you as you lead your organisation through the immediate crisis and into the future.

Sport NZ is continuing to follow the advice of the lead Government agencies who are issuing the most up to date information on matters such as health, travel, employment and events management during the COVID-19 pandemic. For a list of these organisations, see our information for the sector here.

Immediate COVID-19 information resources

Board oversight during the COVID-19 pandemic: A checklist for directors

Tips for chairing in the time of physical separation

How to move board meetings to the virtual world

Navigating through unprecedented times – a series from Chapman Tripp

Governors as leaders

Video: How to collaborate with the enemy


Employment relations advice

Wellbeing and resilience strategies for coping with COVID-19

Thinking ahead

10 questions for boards in a COVID-19 world – by Boardworks International

Getting ahead of the next stage of COVID-19: scenario planning for the future

Nine Steps to Effective Governance: for resources, templates and guidance documents as boards review and implement updated governance systems, polices, processes and ways of working

From surviving to thriving: Reimagining the post-COVID-19 return: Four focus areas for boards as they reposition their organisations including the opportunity to reimagine the future and the increasing importance technology will play.

Please reach out to Julie Hood if you have further questions in relation to Governance and Planning support.

If you require an accessible version of any content on the site please contact us and we will be happy to assist.

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