InternetNZ AGM one short of quorum

The annual general meeting of InternetNZ was to have been held on Saturday June 29 but attendance was one short of a quorum.

The annual general meeting of InternetNZ was to have been held on June 29 but attendance was one short of a quorum.

Presentations were made on progress with the shared registry system and the principals of the new registry company were introduced to the small gathering, but no formal business could be transacted, says administration manager Beverley Irvine.

The meeting was adjourned and scheduled to resume on July 6 to conduct the business portion of the agenda.

Besides the election of councillors, some contentious amendments to the constitution were scheduled for debate, including a stipulation that any member who resigns will not be eligible for re-subscription to the society for a year afterwards.

A similar amendment was put forward to apply to any officer who resigns from his or her position. “Any person who disagrees with the activities of the society sufficiently strongly to resign their membership should expect that the society will take the resignation equally seriously,” says an agenda note on the first motion’s rationale.

A council meeting last year saw treasurer Steven Heath resign from his position because he could not get a hearing for his concerns about the organisation’s financial reporting (see Treasurer departs InternetNZ council). He soon reassumed the position of treasurer.

Members disagreeing with the planned amendment say such protest resignations are a normal part of any incorporated society’s debate and a matter of freedom of expression.

Another resolution put to the meeting proposed dispensing with the industry advisory group representative on the council.

“Despite many laudable efforts, the industry advisory group has been defunct for many years and has not taken up its opportunity to appoint a member of council for at least five years— possibly longer,” says a note on this motion.

“Having a provision from the IAG to appoint a member of council creates significant work administratively and as it is now clear that there is no reasonable expectation of such a member ever being appointed, it seems timely to reflect this in the constitution.”