A new name, new leadership and a new direction were called for at the annual general meeting of the internet society (ISOCNZ) held last Friday in Wellington.
Current chair Peter Dengate Thrush and secretary Frank March both retired from their respective roles on council. Neither sought re-election. March, along with several others, was honoured as a fellow of the society for his years of hard work both in the formation and running of the society. Neither will be replaced until the first council meeting, to be held on July 6. Dengate Thrush is interim chair until then.
The society will now be known as InternetNZ although the favoured domain name, www.internetnz.org.nz, has already been taken by one Murray Potts who lists a Taiwanese phone number and who has a site devoted to all things Hawkes Bay. Society executive director Sue Leader has managed to get hold of internetnz.net.nz and also its .co.nz cousin, both of which point to the existing ISOCNZ website. The .gen.nz version is still available however.
The way officers of the society will be elected has also changed — in previous years members voted only for who was on council, not which roles they would fill. In future they will have the right to vote councillors into certain positions, such as chair, secretary and treasurer, and to reflect this change the society is allowing members to vote in a straw poll this year. Members will have until July 1 to vote.
A raft of changes to the society constitution, covering everything from online voting to proxy votes to changing “chair” to “president”, were discussed at the meeting and eventually it was decided that any vote on the 46 amendments would be better conducted online.
The new council has an almost even split of Aucklanders and Wellingtonians — eight to nine — with one South Islander. One woman also makes it to the list in the form of Jennifer Northover who was elected in her own right following almost a year as a stand-in councillor following a resignation.