Vacant Positions


The Elms Foundation Trust owns and operates The Elms | Te Papa on behalf of the residents of Tauranga and the Western Bay of Plenty.

Home to significant collections and category one listed heritage buildings, The Elms | Te Papa is an essential part of New Zealand’s national cultural heritage and is visited by thousands of people each year.

The Elms Foundation has charitable status and operates autonomously, but with a requirement to meet the expectations of its principal funder, the Tauranga City Council, in accordance with a funding agreement.

The Board of Trustees is responsible for developing and delivering the Trust’s strategic goals, overseeing the management of the Trust’s assets and resources, and for ensuring prudent financial management to ensure long-term sustainability.

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a new trustee to join the Board, someone with a passion for the heritage sector, as well as extensive networks and highly developed relationship skills. A mix of the following criteria will apply to the appointment:

  • Business and financial acumen at a governance or strategic advisory level;
  • Experience in fundraising, communications, marketing and the administration of assets;
  • Links with the local heritage sector, as well as local and central government agencies associated with the heritage sector;
  • Knowledge and experience in historical and heritage preservation;
  • An appreciation of the importance of the cultural history of New Zealand and of Tauranga Moana Tangata Whenua, particularly the mana whenua perspective, would be advantageous.

If this fits your description and you would like to be part of The Elms Foundation’s exciting future, then your interest in the position is welcome.

Meetings are held monthly in Tauranga, although additional meetings may be required. The positions are on a voluntary basis. Successful applicants will be appointed for a three-year term.  While applicants are not required to live in Tauranga, the ability to build and maintain relationships within the Bay of Plenty community should be demonstrated.

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

The Chairperson
The Elms Foundation
PO Box 14-218
Tauranga Mail Centre
Tauranga, 3143

Apply online via email to:

Applications close at 5pm on 13 May 2022. All applications will be dealt with in strict confidence.