Council election information

Background

Each year, during the InternetNZ Annual General Meeting, elections are held for Council members whose term has ended. This year we held elections of four Councillors - who will each hold a three year term (ending at the AGM in 2019).

2016 Council election (29 July 2016)

Election results

Successful candidates are:

  • Amber Craig (3-year term)
  • Keith Davidson (3-year term)
  • Richard Wood (3-year term)
  • Kelly Buehler (3-year term)

2016 Council Elections Results (PDF)

What do Councillors do?

InternetNZ Councillors play an important role in governing and setting the strategic direction of our organisation. 

Councillors are guardians and governors of the organisation. At meetings, they bear the Objects, Vision and Mission in mind. They establish and monitor InternetNZ's strategy, set and review the budget and Business Plan, hold the Chief Executive to account and guide their performance, and are stewards of our ownership interests in the Domain Name Commission (DNC) and New Zealand Registry Services (NZRS).

It is a governance role not an operational one: the "doing" is the role of the staff and contractor team led by the CE. Councillors often provide input and advice on issues and projects but they do that work on the same basis as other volunteers working with the operational team.

The Council's role and functions is available here.

The President, Vice President, and Councillor's role description is available here.

Councillors and Officers are entitled to an honorarium for their positions, and all meeting and travel expenses are paid for by InternetNZ. 

The roles of Officers (President and Vice President) are further described in InternetNZ’s constitution and by laws.

What's the time and energy commitment?

There will be an induction for new Councillors with the Chief Executive, President and Vice President.

At a minimum, you need to be available for six one-day long ordinary meetings of the Council each year. There is also a weekend Council retreat each year for strategy development and team-building.

Besides this, Council members are encouraged to participate in the member meet ups (at least two evenings per year) and to attend and participate in NetHui.

Finally, general involvement in other InternetNZ activities, and being active in discussions on the various email lists and forums, are part of the role.

Time requirements are detailed in the job descriptions linked above. The President should be able to commit on average around one day per week. Councillors should assume two days a month as a general rule of thumb. 

Rules and guidelines

More Information

The Returning Officer is happy to answer any questions you may have. Please email election@internetnz.net.nz if you have any questions.