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Developing members' roles and responsibilities.

Tena koutou i nga ahuatanga o te wa.

Late last month, Te Runanga o Aotearoa NZNO's national executive komiti held its first official hui since our annual general hui in August.

The kaupapa at the hui in Wellington included workshops to develop komiti members' abilities to work effectively as a representative body and voice for our members.

The hui was attended by regional representatives and their proxies, as well as the chair Brenda Close, vice chair Des Canterbury-Te Ngaruru and guests. These included former president Jane O'Malley and new president Marion Guy, former chair Anne McNicol and chief executive Geoff Annals, policy analyst Maori Sharon Clair and NZNO's occasional chaplain Leo Te Kira.

O'Malley led a workshop highlighting the difference between governance and management tasks and responsibilities. This inspired much dialogue, with clarification around where the komiti's focus should sit, and was particularly valuable for new members and proxies.

Outlining and exploring the roles and responsibilities of each komiti member within their specific positions was also on the agenda. We identified gaps between our expectations and those placed upon us by others, and developed clear direction for the future.

Clair presented an overview of the Positive Action in Unity and Aroha (PAUA) project and discussed the future directions for this kaupapa within NZNO and the wider community. She also described her new responsibilities as recently installed Council of Trade Unions' Maori vice president (see news story, p5).

The korero created kotahitanga and this will be strengthened at our next hui in December when our strategic direction for the next five years will be developed.

The ahuatanga of the hui was positive and energising, fueled by the sharing of whakaaro. Members expressed the view that there is great potential for Te Runanga to develop further within NZNO, assisting our organisation to lead the way in making a cultural partnership a reality. No reira, ka piki te ora ki a koutou katoa.

Report by Te Runanga kaiwhakahaere Brenda Close
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Title Annotation:TE RUNANGA
Author:Close, Brenda
Publication:Kai Tiaki: Nursing New Zealand
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Date:Nov 1, 2005
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