Who we are Ko Wai Mātou

Who we are

The BSA is governed by a board of four members. Our small team, led by our Chief Executive, supports the members and runs our office services.


The board governs the BSA and decides complaints. It’s made up of a chairperson and three other members who are appointed by the Governor-General on the recommendation of the Minister of Broadcasting.

The chairperson must be a barrister or solicitor. One member is appointed after consultation with broadcasters, and another after consultation with public interest groups.

As the board of an independent crown entity focused on freedom of expression without harm, it is crucial we maintain the highest level of integrity, fairness, openness and professionalism.

We bring to our roles a spirit of service to the community and a desire to improve the wellbeing of New Zealanders, including approaches consistent with Te Tiriti o Waitangi.

Responsibilities under this code

Personal integrity

We act with honesty and with high standards of professional and personal integrity.

We are truthful and open. We speak up in board meetings to ensure our decisions reflect freedom of expression without harm; protect the independence of our organisation and show due care for it, complainants, broadcasters and our staff.

We deal with people fairly, impartially, promptly, sensitively and to the best of our ability.

We do not act in a way that unjustifiably favours or discriminates against particular individuals or interests. We help create an environment where diverse perspectives and backgrounds are encouraged and valued. We treat other members and staff  with courtesy and respect.

Broadcasting standards reflect the interests and beliefs of a complex multicultural nation, with members sensitive to developments in society.

We treat all concerns raised by others seriously.

We will ensure the BSA has clear policies and procedures in place that help expose serious threats to our organisation and achieve the goal of free speech without harm. We will support a culture where complainants, broadcasters and staff feel they have a voice.

Professional conduct

When acting as a member, we do not pursue our own interests at the expense of the BSA's.

We do not misuse resources for personal gain or for political purposes. We behave in a way that reflects well on the reputation of the BSA and do not do anything to harm it.

We never seek gifts, hospitality or favours for ourselves, members of our families or other close associates. We follow our procedures and inform the Chair in relation to any offers of gifts or hospitality. We ensure that, where a gift or hospitality is accepted, it is recorded in our gift register.

We use information we gain in the course of our duties only for its intended purpose and never to obtain an advantage for ourselves or others or to cause detriment to the BSA.

We are well informed about privacy, official information and protected disclosures legislation. We fully comply with our procedures in relation to official information.

We act in an impartial manner. Irrespective of our own interests, we conduct ourselves in a way that enables us to effectively reflect our legislative mandate whoever is in Government.

When acting in our private capacity, we avoid any activity that could jeopardise our ability to perform our role, or which could erode the public’s trust in the BSA. We discuss with the Chair any proposal to make comment or to undertake any significant activity which would jeopardise the BSA.

We carry out our work with care, diligence and skill.

We give proper consideration to matters and seek and consider all relevant information.

Acting lawfully

We understand and act in accordance with all statutory and administrative requirements relevant to our roles.

We play a full and active role in the work of the board and fulfil all our duties responsibly. We respect the principle of collective decision-making and corporate responsibility. This means once the board has made a decision, we support it. We follow board protocols for public comment.

We identify, disclose, manage and regularly review all interests.

We become familiar with, and follow, all conflicts of interest requirements, including those of the board, the entity, and all statutory and professional requirements including the Crown Entities Act 2004, sections 62-72.



Judge Bill Hastings

2018 – 2021

Peter Radich

2010 – 2018

Joanne Morris

2003 – 2009

Peter Cartwright

2000 – 2003

Sam Maling

1997 – 2000

Judith Potter

1995 – 1997

Iain Gallaway

1989 – 1995

Member appointed after consultation with broadcasters

Leigh Pearson

2010 – 2017 and 2020 – 2021 

Wendy Palmer

2018 – 2019

Paul France

2003 – 2009

Rodney Bryant

2000 – 2003

Joan Withers

1997 – 2000

Allan Martin

1996 – 1997

Member appointed after consultation with community

Paula Rose

2015 – 2021

Mary Anne Shanahan

2009 – 2015

Diane Musgrave

2003 – 2009

Bronwyn Hayward

2000 – 2002

Lyn Loates

1994 – 2000

General members

Susie Staley

2018 –

Te Raumawhitu (Te Rau) Kupenga

2010 – 2018

Tapu Misa

2002 – 2011

Judy McGregor

2000 – 2003

Rosemary McLeod

1995 – 2001

Bill Fraser

1994 – 1995

Lindsay Dawson

1991 – 1994

Rosemary Barrowclough

1991 – 1994

Joanne Morris

1989 – 1995

Jan Hardie

1989 – 1991

Jocelyn Fish

1989 – 1991


As well as supporting the members in their decision-making and governance functions, the BSA staff carry out the various other functions of the BSA, such as research, communications and engagement with broadcasters, the public and stakeholders.

Staff Members

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Chief Executive Stacey joined the BSA in September 2022. Stacey studied Law and English at Otago University and journalism at Massey University in Wellington. She worked as a reporter for the Dominion Post for several years before joining the legal profession, first in intellectual property law before going in-house. Before joining the BSA Stacey was a General Manager at Te Ao Rangahau Engineering New Zealand, overseeing the organisation’s legal, policy, public affairs and governance functions.

As Legal Manager Helen oversees the Legal Team, contributes to the strategic direction and organisational performance of the BSA, and is responsible for the BSA’s research activities. Helen has an LLB (Hons) degree from Victoria University of Wellington and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Washington University in St Louis, USA. Before joining BSA, she was Manager Legal Services & Company Secretary at Airways New Zealand and worked at two major NZ law firms.

Patricia has been with the BSA for many years, first as a Legal Adviser fresh out of the University of Otago (LLB/BA (Hons) Film & Media Studies) and later Legal Manager from 2011. She was awarded ILANZ Public Sector In-House Lawyer of the Year 2018, before going on parental leave. She now works for BSA as Principal Legal Advisor part-time, remotely from South Canterbury where she lives with her partner and two young children.

Samantha joined the BSA in September 2021. In her role as Legal Adviser, she advises the BSA on complaints, assists in preparing decisions and is also engaged in a range of strategic projects. Samantha has a double degree in Law and Arts (Media Studies and French) from Victoria University. Before joining the BSA, she worked in legal roles at the Medical Council of New Zealand and the Office of the Ombudsman.

As Legal Adviser, John advises the BSA on complaints, helps to prepare decisions and is also involved in a variety of strategic projects. He joined the BSA in October 2021, having previously worked in the Corporate Advisory team at Russell McVeagh and before that taking a gap year teaching English in Hanoi. John has degrees in Law and Arts from Victoria University of Wellington.

Amandie joined the BSA in November 2023, after previously working as a family lawyer. Before that, she worked for the Independent Police Conduct Authority in their Case Resolution Team. As a Legal Adviser, she advises the Authority on complaints and assists in preparing decisions. Amandie has a double degree in Law and Arts (Political Science, International Relations and Classics) from Victoria University. She is also studying towards an LLM.

Pete joined the BSA in May 2021. He has lead responsibility for the BSA’s communications and engagement activities. A former journalist, Pete has previously undertaken media, communications and multi-channel content roles for a wide range of major public and private sector organisations, in New Zealand and the UK.

Rebecca is the BSA’s Executive Office Manager. In her role she provides an range of executive office management and administration services to the BSA CE, staff and Board.