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The Board 

The Board of the New Zealand Fire Service is appointed by the Minister of Internal Affairs. Terms of appointment are usually for three years and members are eligible for reappointment.

The current members of the Board are:

Te Arohanui Cook

First appointed: April 2016


Profile: Te Arohanui has had significant engagement with rural fire, at both an operational level and through her involvement in rural fire training.


Declaration of Interests:

  • Volunteer Firefighter in Waipukurau
  • Former Director and Shareholder of RFNS Training Services Limited
  • Former Principal Rural Fire Officer for Central Hawkes Bay
  • Director and Shareholder of Phoenix Ventures Waipukurau Limited

Dr Nicola Crauford (Deputy Chair)

First appointed: April 2016


Profile: Nicola, appointed as the Board’s Deputy Chair, has an impressive wealth of governance experience, plus a sound understanding of rural fire gained during her time as Chair of the Wellington Rural Fire Authority.


Declaration of Interests:

  • Director of Watercare Services Limited
  • Director of Wellington Water Limited
  • Director of Orion New Zealand
  • Chair of GNS Science
  • Director of the Environmental Protection Agency
  • Consultant for WorleyParsons NZ
  • Member of the Electoral Authority of the Co-operation Bank Limited
  • Director and Shareholder of Riposte Consulting Limited

Peter Drummond MNZM

First appointed: April 2016


Profile: Peter has an extensive background in governance and leadership roles. As a former Chair of the United Fire Brigades Association, Peter has an in-depth understanding of volunteers and the role they play in fire services.


Declaration of Interests:

  • Chairman of Appliance Connexion Group Services Limited
  • Director of Score Limited
  • Chairman of Variety Medical Missions South Pacific
  • Director of Port Marlborough New Zealand Limited
  • Director of Ngāti Awa
  • Director of NARTA New Zealand Limited
  • Director of NARTA International Pty Limited
  • Former Member of Fire Service Review Panel (2012)

Angela Hauk-Willis

First appointed: July 2011


Profile: Angela has a wide range of governance experience, including being a Commissioner with NZFS since 2011. Angela brings continuity of governance to the new Board as it directs the transition to a new organisation.


Declaration of Interests:

  • Trustee, 2020 Trust
  • Member, Performance and Risk Advisory Group, Ministry of Transport.
  • Angela Hauk-Willis Consulting

Hon Paul Swain (Chair)

First appointed: April 2016


Profile: Paul has been appointed as Chair of the Board for a three-year term. His political career spanned some 15 years, during which he held a number of ministerial portfolios including state-owned enterprises, corrections and immigration.


Paul was made a Companion of the Queen's Service Order in 2009, he was a negotiator in Waitangi settlements, and holds a seat on the Wellington regional council. He led an independent review of the Fire Service in 2012, which resulted in a call for reform.


Declaration of Interests:

  • Councillor for the Greater Wellington Regional Council
  • Chair of the New Zealand Utilities Advisory Group
  • Principal of Paul Swain Consulting
  • Former Chair of the Fire Services Review Panel (2012)