InternetNZ plans online move

InternetNZ is contemplating a major step in "eating its own dogfood" by holding its annual general meeting entirely online.

InternetNZ is contemplating a major step in “eating its own dogfood” by holding its annual general meeting entirely online.

The internet society is consulting its membership about the advisability of the move.

“The society’s governance and constitutional committee will formulate possible rule changes, and feedback on these will be sought by members by the end of March,” says a statement from a council meeting held on February 14.

This follows a 2002 AGM that failed to reach a quorum, and hence could not act on some important decisions. The meeting had to be adjourned and reconvened a week later to consider these matters.

A vote of sufficient members or council should still have the ability to require a face-to-face meeting.

InternetNZ AGMs have had an online element — of variable reliability — for some years, to allow members in other centres to participate, but the constitution requires a quorum of 20 members or 5% of the society, whichever is fewer, to be physically present at the main venue for an AGM.

InternetNZ reported income over-budget by around $300,000 and expenditure under-budget by $200,000.

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