Second election needed for InternetNZ

InternetNZ members, who elected their new council at the AGM last Thursday, are being asked to vote two more members to the council.

InternetNZ members, who elected their new council at the AGM last Thursday, are being asked to vote two more members to the council.

A new secretary needs to be found to replace David Farrar, who was elected vice-president, and a new councillor to replace Bert Felt, who stepped down after nominations had been called.

President Keith Davidson was elected unopposed. Farrar won the vote from Jennifer Northover, who was re-elected to the council. Dunedin software developer David Harris won a seat on the council, joining re-elected councillors Roger De Salis, Northover, Simon Riley and Drew Whittle. The elected candidates take office immediately. Farrar will remain acting secretary until the election, voted on electronically, is held.

Nominations for the two vacant positions are open now.

Also at the AGM, two InternetNZ members were honoured with fellowships. Nevil Brownlee and John Vorstermans join seven existing InternetNZ fellows.

Brownlee was involved in building Auckland University’s network over 20 years, and linking New Zealand’s universities and crown research institutes. He developed NeTraMet, a real-time traffic flow measurement system, was co-chair of the Internet Engineering Task Force’s real-time traffic flow measurement group, and is the author or co-author of a number of request-for-comment documents.

Vorstermans is a co-founder of Actrix, New Zealand’s first commercial ISP, and was heavily involved in the formation the Internet Society of New Zealand, the precursor to InternetNZ. He served on the council until 2000 and helped write the ISP code of practice.

The fellowships, bestowed for life, are “a statement of standing within the organisation”, according to executive director Peter Macaulay. “These are really good guys, very humble.”

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