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One member, one vote.

A NEW system for voting on NZNO policy and constitution changes starts this year--every member gets to vote. This change was ratified at the 2018 NZNO annual general meeting (AGM). Previously, constitutional and policy remits were voted on at the AGM by delegates from NZNO groups.

Every member will now vote on such remits online (or by postal ballot where necessary), rather than at the AGM.

* Remit process timeline 2019

March 14: Remit submissions open. Notice of AGM sent to members.

May 10: Remit submissions close.

May 13-31: Remits prepared by remit committee, then sent to te poari for hui a-tau review process.

July 19: AGM agenda and remits issued to all members.

August 7: Voting on remits opens.

September 13: Voting on remits closes, at noon.

September 18: NZNO AGM held.

* Preparing remits

A remit is a statement, submitted for voting, that seeks to change NZNO policy or its constitution. Remits are a vital part of NZNO's democratic processes and should be thought through carefully. Members preparing remits should make sure they fully understand the policy or part of the constitution they wish to change.

A step-by-step guide to preparing remits and a remit template are available on the NZNO website ( Follow this advice carefully to ensure your remit submission goes smoothly. Keep it short and clear.

Share your remit with NZNO member groups before you submit it, to make sure it is well understood. It is particularly important that Te Runanga is consulted about all proposed remits, especially those remits which may affect it.

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Date:Mar 1, 2019
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