Council elections 2016

Rules and Guidelines


2016 Council Election

Nominations will close at 5pm on Friday 8 July 2016.

Nominees Nominated By       
Amber Craig Brenda Wallace
Hemi Bennett Potaua Biasiny-Tule
Hiria Te Rangi Amber Craig
Keith Davidson Frank March
Kelly Buehler Jenine Abarbanel
Keitha Booth Jamie Baddeley
Kevin Prince Nigel Robertson
Potaua Biasiny-Tule Hemi Bennett
Richard Wood Sarah Lee
Robyn Kamira Antony Royal


Council elections are for the election of four Councillors for a three year term (ending at the AGM in 2019)

InternetNZ members are eligible to stand for Council. However, please note that all nominees must have been a financial member of InternetNZ for at least three months before the date of their nomination to be eligible to stand for Council. 

How to nominate somebody?

Nominations should be made by e-mail to the Returning Officer at and must be made no later than 5PM on Friday 8 July 2016.

Nominators are asked to use a subject line of "NOMINATION".

Nominees will be asked to provide a biography or election statement and a profile photo. These will be published on this page as they are received.

Any member wishing to stand for Council, the Returning Officer is happy to supply a neutral nomination. If such nomination is required, please contact the Returning Officer via email at

PLEASE NOTE, all nominees must have been a financial member of the Society for at least three months before the date of their nomination to be eligible to stand for Council.

Nominees must be familiar with InternetNZ's Constitution, particularly the eligibility set out in sections 6 and 7, before their nomination is submitted.

When will voting takes place?

Online Voting will commence at 5pm on Friday 15 July 2016 and close on Wednesday 27 July 2016.

If there were no sufficient nominations to require the election to be held, those nominated will be declared shortly after nominations close (after 8 July).

What do Councillors do?

InternetNZ Officers and Councillors play an important role in governing and setting the strategic direction of our organisation. 

Councillors are guardians and governors of the organisation. At meetings, they bear the Objects, Vision and Mission in mind. They establish and monitor InternetNZ's strategy, set and review the budget and Business Plan, hold the Chief Executive (CE) to account and guide their performance, and are stewards of our ownership interests in the Domain Name Commission (DNC) and New Zealand Registry Services (NZRS).

It is a governance role not an operational one: the "doing" is the role of the staff and contractor team led by the CE. Councillors do often provide input and advice on issues and projects but they do that work on the same basis as other volunteers working with the operational team.

The Council's role and functions is available at:

The President, Vice President, and Councillor's role description is available at:

Councillors and Officers are entitled to an honorarium for their positions, and all meeting and travel expenses are paid for by InternetNZ. 

The roles of Officers (President and Vice President) are further described in InternetNZ’s constitution and by laws.

What's the time and energy commitment?

There will be an induction for new Councillors with the Chief Executive, President and Vice President in the week between 2-8 August 2016 prior to the August Council meeting.

At a minimum, you need to be available for six one-day long ordinary meetings of the Council each year (remaining 2016 dates are 26 August and 25 November). There is also a weekend Council retreat each year (scheduled to be held on 24 September) for strategy development and team-building.

Besides this, Council members are encouraged to participate in the member meet ups (at least two evenings per year) and to attend and participate in NetHui (dates are still to be confirmed but most likely will be held in early October).

Finally, general involvement in other InternetNZ activities, and being active in discussions on the various email lists and forums are part of the role.

Time requirements are detailed in the job descriptions linked above. The President should be able to commit on average around one day per week. Councillors should assume two days a month as a general rule of thumb. 

More information

The Returning Officer - Maria Reyes - is happy to answer any questions you may have. Please email if you have any questions.