New Zealand tertiary ethics committees may work from similar ethical principles but this article demonstrates that the way in which they operate is idiosyncratic. The paper builds on commentaries offered by current or former members of five New Zealand ethics committees on the organisation and practices of their committees. It examines differences among the committees with the aim of initiating an ongoing conversation about the work of ethics committees in the New Zealand context. It argues for the merits of diversity, transparency and openness as core principles for the work of ethics committees and as a platform for dealing with critique.
Keywords: centralisation, diversity, ethics committees, New Zealand, universities,
Tolich M, Bathurst R, Deckert A, Flanagan P, Gremillion H and Grimshaw M (2015) One size does not fit all: organisational diversity in New Zealand tertiary sector ethics committees. Kōtuitui: New Zealand Journal of Social Sciences Online, 11(1). http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/1177083X.2015.1035732