Nomination Forms for the Board

May 26, 2016 10:57 pm

Nomination forms have been posted to the branches. The forms have been emailed to members with email addresses and will soon be available in the member’s section of the website. The forms in the booklet may be copied or torn out and posted back to National Office.

Along with the forms, the following documents have been posted and emailed to branches and are in the members’ section of the website:

– The Area Committee and Leadership Council Terms of Reference

– Statement of Finance and Independent Review

– By-laws and Policy.

The following time frame is applicable:

After May – meeting Call for Nominations

1 August – Nominations close

September – Voting papers prepared

15 September – Voting Papers out

31 October – Voting closes.


Are you passionate about growing rural communities? Improving the lives of women?

Would you like to be involved in setting the future direction of Rural Women New Zealand? This is a valuable opportunity for you to contribute to our goal of building and supporting people in our rural communities.

We are looking for people who have some of the following skills and experience:

  • Strategic expertise: the ability to guide and review strategy through constructive questioning and suggestion
  • Accounting and finance: the ability to read and understand the not-for-profit accounts and financial material presented to the board
  • Managing risk: experience in managing areas of risk for organisations
  • Marketing: experience in marketing and promotions
  • Cyber/digital innovation and expertise: the ability to govern our organisation to navigate successfully in the digital world
  • Legal expertise: legal experience and knowledge
  • Experience: experience in similar not-for-profit organisations, sectors or industries, such as health, education, social services and land issues
  • Common sense: the ability to find pragmatic solutions to issues, and to work constructively with your peers
  • Passion: a genuine passion for the cause.

The Board’s accountability involve:

  • Strategy: providing strategic direction for Rural Women New Zealand 
  • Governance: ensuring Rural Women New Zealand is governed robustly and has appropriate policies to comply with legal requirements 
  • Auditing and Monitoring: appointing auditors and monitoring management of Rural Women New Zealand. 

Each board member must also meet certain standards of conduct:

  • Duty of Care: aboard member must exercise ‘reasonable care’ when he or she makes a decision for Rural Women New Zealand. In this case, ‘reasonable’ is what a prudent person in a similar situation might do.
  • Duty of Integrity: a board member must never use information gained through his or her position for personal gain, but must always act in the best interests of Rural Women New Zealand.
  • Duty of Loyalty: a board member must be faithful to the Rural Women New Zealand’s mission, and cannot act in a way that is inconsistent with our goals.

Being a board member also involves meeting legal obligations, including the following:

  • Health and Safety: a board member must exercise due diligence to ensure Rural Women New Zealand complies with its health and safety duties and obligations
  • Ensuring Solvency: a board member must not allow the Rural Women New Zealand to embark on a path that carries serious risk of non-payment to creditors.


If this sounds like the sort of challenge that would interest you, please apply for this exciting opportunity today using the nomination forms.



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