Constitution timeline controversial.
Article Type: Case note
Subject: Constitutions (New Zealand)
Constitutions (Conferences, meetings and seminars)
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
Organization: Organization: New Zealand Nurses Organisation
Geographic: Geographic Scope: New Zealand Geographic Code: 8NEWZ New Zealand
Accession Number: 241179362
Full Text: The board and te poari presentation of a timeline for further discussion on the draft constitution, culminating in a vote at next year's conference, was met with stiff resistance from the Greater Auckland Region's (GAR) and Central Region's delegations. GAR chair Debbie Chappell said there was stilt a lot of work to be clone and the timeline did not provide sufficient time for feedback.

Te Poari tumu whakarae Paulette Taylor (right), presenting the timeline to the conference, flanked by board and te poari members, said feedback to the constitutional working party indicated there was still work to do before a final constitution could be presented to conference. That work included costing the new structure, te poari and membership committee charters, endorsement processes and further work on independent board members.

The board will approve the second draft of the constitution by December 2010; the second draft will be sent to regional councils before Christmas, 2010, the deadline for feedback will close on February 28, 2011; the final proposed constitution will be out by May 2011, and the 2011 annual general meeting in August will vote on it.

Challenged by GAR, Taylor said the board and te poari stood by the timeline. When asked by Central Regional Council chair Ross Ekdahl how consultation with 45,000 members could be undertaken in two months, NZNO president Nano Tunnicliff said it was a second round of consultation and the current document had been out for some time. When Ekdah/said there were new changes that people needed to consider, Tunnicliff said there could be no more discussion from the floor.

Chappell said the issue was membership driven, not board driven and members were directing that more time be given to the document.

Te Runanga o Aotearoa NZNO kaiwhakahaere Kerri Nuku said the board and te poari had been very lenient in terms of the timeframe and had given more time for a second consultation. Originally the constitution was to have been voted on at this year's AGM.

Southern delegate Anne McFarlane said members had been given another bite of the cherry. "We know what we have got ahead of us and I believe we can do it [consult effectively]."


There was no vote on the timeline, as the board and te poari had already made that decision and were presenting it to the conference.

Earlier the conference had endorsed a joint NZNO/Te Runanga strategic plan 2011-2015. The strategic plan can be viewed on NZNO's website
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