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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.


Other board appointments:

  • Director of EMQUAL, the Fire and Rescue Service Industry Training Board (2010-2015)

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.


Other board appointments:

  • Chair of Geological and Nuclear Sciences (since 2015)
  • Director of Watercare Services (since 2014)
  • Director of Orion NZ (since 2014)
  • Director of the Environmental Protection Authority (since 2013)
  • Director of Wellington Water

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.


Other board appointments:

  • Fire Review Panel (2011-2012)
  • Director, Horticulture Research Institute
  • Director, Mid-Central Health Ltd
  • New Zealand Disability Resource Centre Ltd

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.


Other board appointments:

  • Independent Police Conduct Authority Board (member)
  • Health Practitioners Disciplinary Tribunal (lay member)

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.


Other board appointments:

  • Chair, New Zealand Utilities Advisory Group
  • Councillor, Wellington Regional Council
  • Wellington Regional Council Public Transport Portfolio Leader
  • Chair, Wellington Regional Transport Committee