Overwork drives Dengate Thrush out

Chairman Peter Dengate Thrush says his decision not to stand again for the council of the InternetNZ -- formerly ISOCNZ -- has nothing to do with criticism levelled at him by some members over the O'Brien-Brown defamation lawsuit.

Chairman Peter Dengate Thrush says his decision not to stand again for the council of the InternetNZ — formerly ISOCNZ — has nothing to do with criticism levelled at him by some members over the O’Brien-Brown defamation lawsuit.

Patrick O’Brien, the chief of InternetNZ subsidiary Domainz, sued member Alan Brown for allegedly defamatory remarks. The case was heard in Palmerston North in May and a judgement is still pending.

Those remarks did not affect the work of council, which has been his chief concern while he has been chairman, Dengate Thrush says. He had simply decided that two terms as chairman were enough pressure on his workload alongside his main role as a lawyer.

Dengate Thrush remains in the position until the next council meeting, early in July, when a new chairman — who may well be re-christened “president” — will be elected. A decision on the title is part of constitutional amendments still being voted on. Dengate Thrush says he is still available to serve on InternetNZ council committees if they wish to co-opt him.

The organisation’s secretary, Frank March, also decided not to stand for re-election this time, similarly citing workload and a need for a break from InternetNZ affairs.

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