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Remits give Te Runanga a stronger resource role.

Conference carried all three remits brought by Te Runanga o Aotearoa NZNO. The first was a rule change enabling Te Runanga's national executive to appoint its second representative to the board of directors, as it sees fit. "This will bring the rules in line with the practice," Te Runanga chair/kaiwhakahaere Brenda Close explained. "The rule change will allow Te Runanga to determine its own processes and ensure our practice is supported by the rules."

Rule 42: subclause I has now been changed from "Te Runanga shall represent the concerns and interests of Maori members" to "Te Runanga shall represent the concerns and interests of Maori members and lead NZNO in all issues pertaining to Maori and continue to contribute to the wider interests of NZNO." This followed an amendment from Hawke's Bay which strengthened the wording suggested by Te Runanga, and was supported by Te Runanga.

A new subclause has also now been added to rule 42. This reads: "Te Runanga shall lead the development of processes Maori within NZNO." The rationale for the addition reads: "In keeping with NZNO's commitment to a bicultural partnership with Maori, Te Runanga believes it has a responsibility to lead the partnership in terms of Maoritanga and be a resource to the organisation in respect to this."

Janet Black from Midlands spoke in support of a remit calling for the election of regional council members to be every two years, removing the requirement for members to stand down after four years in office. Black argued that the stand down period meant a loss of continuity in regional councils which struggled to attract people as it was. "Rather than losing long-standing members, if they are willing and are nominated by their workplace/section etc, delegates should have the option to remain on regional council." Despite some discussion around possible problems caused by strong people remaining in office too long, the remit was carried. It does not apply to chairs and vice-chairs, who shall continue to be subject to the two-year stand down period after four years in office.

Remits lost included one from Midlands calling for the setting of honoraria for NZNO president and Te Runanga chair to be decided by conference rather than the board; and a proposal to change the minimum allowable period between meetings of the board from two to three months. Those speaking against this remit argued that three-monthly meetings would cause processes to be even more cumbersome than at present, and teleconferences were not a good way to conduct board business.
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Publication:Kai Tiaki: Nursing New Zealand
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Geographic Code:8NEWZ
Date:Oct 1, 2006
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