Governance NZ

About us

Who we are...

Governance New Zealand New Zealand's leading independent professional body with a sole focus on the practice of governance and is dedicated to providing leadership in the areas of governance, compliance and risk management. Members enjoy global recognition and are supported through ongoing professional development, advocacy and technical updates to advance the best international practices and standards.

the home of excellence for governance professionals...

Our Vision

Good governance makes great organisations

Our Purpose

To develop excellence in governance professionals

Our governance qualifications

Our accredited and internationally recognised Professional Education Programme provides governance, compliance and risk practitioners with the skills they need to improve their organisations’ performance and achieve their strategic goals. It is the gateway to qualifying as a Chartered Secretary or Chartered Governance Professional and to gaining membership of Governance New Zealand Inc. and the Chartered Governance Institute (formerly ICSA Global).

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International affiliation and history

Governance New Zealand Inc. is the New Zealand Division of the Chartered Governance Institute. The Chartered Governance Institute is an international professional body with a network of nine local institutes (divisions) supporting over 29,000 members living and working in over 80 countries. Collectively, The Chartered Governance Institute is the only international organisation that can offer a qualification that empowers a person with skills that transcend borders.

The Chartered Governance Institute was founded in England in 1891 and granted its Royal Charter in 1902. The New Zealand Division of the Institute was formed in 1937.