About Us

Board Members


The New Zealand Comedy Trust is a not-for-profit charitable organisation with the vision and purpose of championing the craft of comedy, so that everyone can share a laugh.

We activate our vision and purpose through:

  • The NZ International Comedy Festival, which makes Aotearoa the funniest place in the world each May;
  • An annual programme of awards and Trust-produced shows that support craft and career development, and showcase NZ comedy to live and TV audiences;
  • Programmes, workshops and other activities that give artists access to professional tools and capability support;
  • Advocacy activity that ensures the comedy community’s voice is at the table in key decision-making spaces.

We do this to:

  • Provide more supported and sustainable career development opportunities and pathways;
  • Make comedy spaces more accessible and inclusive; and ensure comedy better reflects the diverse communities of Aotearoa;
  • Strengthen the craft and reach of New Zealand comedy
  • Build connections and a sense of community across the comedy industry;
  • Strengthen the comedy industry’s voice and story, so that comedy is a valued part of the culture of Aotearoa.


To support the activation of our vision and purpose, there is an opportunity for three new trustees to join the Trust board, with specific expertise in the areas identified below.

As a member of the board you will support the development of the organisation through sound governance practice, future-focused strategic thinking and effective risk management. You will bring your experience, connections and influence, along with your passion for the healthy future of laughter in and beyond Aotearoa.

Board meetings are held bi-monthly and trustees are paid an honorarium to acknowledge their time.

Appointments will commence in January 2024 and are for a fixed three-year term, with the opportunity to continue for a second three-year term.


Along with proven experience in collective decision making and a strong interest in the creative sector, we’re looking for people with skills and knowledge in the following areas:
- Stakeholder engagement
- Communications and marketing
- People leadership
- Delivery of large-scale events (regional or national)
- An understanding of te ao, te reo and tikanga Māori

In keeping with the Trust’s commitment to be an effective Te Tiriti partner, we strongly encourage applications from tāngata Māori.

We welcome applicants who will continue shaping the Board to represent the many perspectives and experiences within Aotearoa, including from the Pasifika, rangatahi, disability and LGBTQI+ communities.
We particularly encourage applications from Women, Tāngata Whenua, Pasifika, Younger members of the community, Individuals with a disability & the LGBTQ community.

Interested candidates should submit their CV and a covering letter outlining their interest in the role, to Kerstie Twiname at Kerstie@comedyfestival.co.nz. Applications close on Sunday 26 November 2023.