Keen interest in ISOCNZ council positions

There are at least 13 nominations for the 11 Internet Society (ISOCNZ) council positions being voted on at tonight's ISOCNZ annual general meeting.

There are at least 13 nominations for the 11 Internet Society (ISOCNZ) council positions being voted on at tonight’s ISOCNZ annual general meeting.

Executive director Sue Leader says more people may be nominated this evening. She says there is already a good cross-section of people nominated.

“There’s even one mainlander, which is good. At the moment we don’t have any representation from the South Island.”

There is also a good spread of ages and the nominees include returning councillors as well as new faces.

“One chap, Chris Streatfield, has been to every council meeting this year and he’s not even a councillor…

According to his online biography, Streatfield is “shocked by the non-inclusion of members” in day-to-day ISOCNZ life, something he’d like to change. He’s currently the convenor of the constitutional working group.

Other names on the list include Joop Teernstra who has been involved in domain issues for a number of years, as well as Jonathan Ah Kit, a trainee journalist who was webmaster at Wellington’s largest secondary school while still a student.

Jennifer Northover and Jenny Shearer are the only two women standing for council - Northover is currently serving as a replacement councillor but has been involved on council since 1998. Shearer was a foundation council member of ISOCNZ, serving on council for three years.

Two names that stand out from the list are Peter Mott and David Farrar. Mott has been a long-standing outspoken critic of Domainz and its former CEO, Patrick O’Brien. Mott refused to work with Domainz while O’Brien was in charge but has been encouraged back “into the fold” since the change in leadership. Mott provides registration services for the Antarctica (.aq) and Tokelau (.tk) domain spaces.

Farrar didn’t stand at last year’s AGM, but was instrumental behind the scenes in opposing the previous council and its plans for Domainz. Farrar turned up at the AGM last year with 55 proxy votes to his name and effectively changed the shape of ISOCNZ.

Anyone can watch the meeting via RealPlayer on the ISOCNZ website.

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