Ballots of all NZNO members now possible.
Subject: Association executives (Political activity)
Nurses (Laws, regulations and rules)
Pub Date: 10/01/2010
Publication: Name: Kai Tiaki: Nursing New Zealand Publisher: New Zealand Nurses' Organisation Audience: Trade Format: Magazine/Journal Subject: Health; Health care industry Copyright: COPYRIGHT 2010 New Zealand Nurses' Organisation ISSN: 1173-2032
Issue: Date: Oct, 2010 Source Volume: 16 Source Issue: 9
Topic: Event Code: 290 Public affairs; 930 Government regulation; 940 Government regulation (cont); 980 Legal issues & crime Advertising Code: 94 Legal/Government Regulation Computer Subject: Government regulation
Product: Product Code: 8043100 Nurses NAICS Code: 621399 Offices of All Other Miscellaneous Health Practitioners
Organization: Organization: New Zealand Nurses Organisation; New Zealand Nurses Organisation
Geographic: Geographic Scope: New Zealand Geographic Code: 8NEWZ New Zealand
Accession Number: 241179363
Full Text: All NZNO members can now be balloted on particular rule issues, following a conference decision. A remit from the board of directors put forward a rule amendment to enable conference to decide whether a rule matter could be decided on a ballot of all members. The amendment was put forward in conjunction with a new rule (Rule 48) enabling any conference delegate to propose to conference that any matter be decided by a ballot of all financial members.

The amendment came about following feedback to the constitutional working group at regional conventions over the past year. The working group concluded that some decisions made at conference should be voted on by the full membership. Earlier conferences had rejected a one member, one vote proposal and sought a simpler method of voting on particular issues. The new rule remit was as a result of the huge interest in the draft constitution and a desire for all members to be involved in such a crucial decision.

In its rationale, the board said NZNO should follow its principle of being a member-led organisation and arrow full membership to determine its direction.


Presenting the remit on behalf of the board, business services manager Kevin O'Neill said under current rules there was no way a rule remit could be voted on by the full membership.

Debate on the remit centred on whether NZNO could afford ballots of the full membership and on the fact that members would not be informed by "the vigorous debate" on issues at conference.

O'Neill pointed out that conference would decide which matters would be voted on by all members. Board member Lyn Latta said a postal ballot was not the only way of balloting members and said electronic means were possible. Chair of the College of Primary Health Care Nurses, Rosemary Minto, said it was important NZNO had some flexibility around voting. Tai Tokerau delegate Jeanette Golder said conference delegates had a responsibility to pass on the information discussed at conference to members.

Following other remits (or amended remits) passed by conference, NZNO will:

* explore ways to ensure closer collaboration between sections and colleges;

* support removal of GST from healthy food;

* implement a strategy to encourage people under 30 to become involved in the work of NZNO and to retain student members; and

* change the criteria for eligibility for the Florence Nightingale Memorial Fund so it is open to all members.

Conference rejected a remit calling for a Pacific nursing section representative on the board of directors and a remit calling for NZNO's professional profile to be raised "in on equitable manner with the industrial arm of the organisation through agreed end complementary processes rolled out across the organisation in order to meet both professional and industrial needs of members".
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