By NZISM Secretary
Hello members, we have almost completed the national tour of branch AGMs. With only Northland and Hawkes Bay to go, myself and the Operations Committee have covered some ground. The main reason we wanted to attend branch AGMs was to ensure you had time to review the proposed changes to the organisations structure and to seek feedback from you before we submit this to a member vote at the national AGM in Wellington in September. A notice with papers for the AGM will be going out to all members shortly, with further information for you. However in the meantime I would like to acknowledge the really productive and valuable conversations that were had around the country. In particular, I would like to single out my Invercargill crew who not only presented their concerns with some of what had been proposed but also provided a really simple solution. As a result we have decided to amend the proposal, ensuring that with the move to a Governance Board, our member representative, the President, secures full voting rights on the Governance Board. The change will see members continue to be represented at governance level and not only senior leadership level.