27 November, 2021
Per communications in October to our membership, Archery NZ is undertaking a review of our Constitution, not only to update for Law Society Review recommendations for the Incorporated Societies Act, but also to update for operational changes in roles, and take the opportunity to review some key aspects. A survey was issued to members, and we received 47 responses - thank you very much to our members who participated, this is useful in framing the rest of our planned consultation.
The key outcomes were:
- Strong support for there to be options for individuals to become members through clubs and directly as an individual
- Very strong support for creation of a Clubs subcommittee to focus on supporting our clubs
- Split support for voting at AGMs/SGMs to be by individuals or clubs, with a slight (53%) majority preferring by individuals
- Very strong support for AGMs/SGMs to be run online
- Very strong support for Archery NZ to develop a consistent regional/national competition structure for schools, including providing a nominal membership fee option for school archers to join these school competitions
For the question on how Archery NZ should interact with Districts, there were a range of views offered. There were 8 submissions that were supportive of ANZ seeking a more formalised/integrated structure with Districts. There were 19 submissions preferring the approach that Districts are key stakeholders of the organisation, with a relationship based more on consultation and communication rather than formal integration.
The Governance committee is thankful to everyone who participated and shared their views on shaping our organisation for the future.
The next stages of consultation, with proposed timings, are planned as follows:
- Draft of the proposed Constitution and Administration Rules to seek feedback from members - likely February/March
- Zoom session for consultation with clubs - February/March
- Meeting at Nationals to answer questions on the proposed changes - April
- Organise a postal ballot for changes - May
on behalf of the Governance Subcommittee