The calibre of the two people voted off InternetNZ’s ruling council at the annual general meeting late last month speaks highly of those who were elected, members present at the meeting agreed.
There was clear regret at losing Carl Penwarden and Modica Group chief technical officer Sam Sargeant, who lost out only because of the limit on the number of new councillors who could be elected. Donald Clark of Reannz and Neil James of Otago University were newly elected to the council.
Penwarden started a new role with consultancy Voco last month but previously worked for the State Services Commission on broadband aggregation
The 2008 AGM was the first under a new structure, which streamlines the organisation and, among other changes, institutes an executive board, to which the executive director reports. This is chaired by former ICT Minister Paul Swain.
The structure creates discrete organisational blocks to perform the organisation’s different functions, says president Peter Macaulay; all parts of the organisation can call on common services from a new shared services unit.
Simon Riley called Macaulay to account at the meeting on the costs of the restructuring. Figures had been promised at the last AGM and a meeting held six months ago, but the president acknowledged they were not quite ready yet.
“The process is under way and I apologise that it’s not yet complete,” he said.
Until the figures are available the benefits of the restructuring must remain questionable, said Riley.
Two motions — to change the official name of the organisation to Internet New Zealand, trading as InternetNZ, and to modify the constitution to allow it to claim charitable status — were both passed by a substantial majority.