Vacant Positions


The Elms Foundation owns and operates The Elms | Te Papa Tauranga as an essential part of New Zealand’s national cultural heritage. The Board of Trustees for the Elms Foundation are the lawful owners and responsible for the governance of all the assets, including real property, memorabilia, antiquities and artefacts, relating to the category 1-listed heritage property at Mission Street, Tauranga.

The Board is responsible for developing and delivering the strategic and financial management of the Trust. The Trust employs 5 permanent staff. The Elms Foundation is a private independent charitable trust which is part funded by Tauranga City Council.

Particular skills/competencies sought

The Board is seeking to appoint one trustee to replace one recently retired trustee.

The following criteria apply to the appointment (not all necessarily to be met):

  1. Knowledge and experience in historical and heritage preservation.
  2. Business and commercial acumen and experience.
  3. Experience in raising money for and/or financing heritage and charitable projects.
  4. A preference that the Trustee reside in the area.

In addition, we seek candidates who:

  1. Are willing to devote time to being involved.
  2. Have an understanding of The Elms, its history and significance to Tauranga and the region.
  3. Be able to work as part of a team.
  4. Experience and understanding of a governance role.
  5. Have an ability and desire to further development of The Elms to make it the “must see” destination in Tauranga.
  6. Have an understanding of the cultural history of Tauranga Moana, including knowledge of tangata whenua.

Commitment required

The Board meetings are monthly with other meetings on an ad hoc basis. The position is voluntary.


This is a 3-year term

Geographic considerations

Meetings are held on site at 15 Mission Street, Tauranga


Expressions of interest, that include a cover letter and a brief CV, should be sent to:


The Elms Foundation

PO Box 14-218

Tauranga Mail Centre

Tauranga, 3143

Or via email to: