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Vacancy: 2018 Orienteering NZ Council Extra-Ordinary Vacancy
By ONZ Online Coordinator - Roger Woodroofe - Tue 22 May 2018 1:49pm
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Applications Close: Wednesday 13 June 2018

Following the retirement of David Turner (previous ONZ Chair) due to him travelling in Europe for the next few months, a vacancy for 1 Council Member is now open and will close on Wednesday 13 June 2018.

For more information on the role please refer to the following documents:

If required, an election will be via Postal Vote in July with the announcement made by 17 July 2018.

2018 Council Vacancy

The Orienteering NZ Council is a governance Council, which means we are committed to ensuring the best interests of orienteering in NZ are met.

Orienteering NZ is inviting applications from suitable applicants for one vacancy on the Council.

The Council member will be elected by the membership for the remainder of the term held by David Turner whose term expires at the 2019 AGM.  Therefore, this term is only from July 2018 – April 2019.

The Council meets regularly during the year – usually February to November – via video conference and one face-to-face workshop for planning purposes.

What does the ONZ Council do?

  • Ensures the Orienteering NZ Annual Business Plan and Budget align to the Strategic Plan.
  • Contracts staff to undertake the management and operation of Orienteering NZ.
  • Develops and ensures compliance with policies on national issues to provide direction and consistency across these issues.
  • Advocates for and provides leadership of orienteering within NZ.
  • Sets the framework for national competitions and international touring teams which are then managed by staff.
  • Makes decisions around issues of national importance.
  • Provides a conduit between NZ and international organisations, in particular IOF, including providing feedback on IOF initiatives.
  • Address issues of international significance which affect all sports, such as anti-doping and sports betting.
  • Utilises the strengths of all Council members to ensure the best decisions are made.

What the ONZ Council doesn’t do?

  • Get involved in local club issues or events.
  • Organise competitions.
  • Become involved in selection decisions.
  • Provide technical advice on rules, mapping, competitions, etc.
  • Make management decisions.

What skills does the Council need?

  • People who are willing to provide their time, knowledge and experience.  It’s not a time consuming role, but does require a level of commitment and some focused time.
  • Orienteers who are open to new ideas, willing to challenge and critique how things have been done in the past to ensure they are done better in the future.
  • Be strategic in your thinking.
  • Be willing to learn new skills.
  • Be open to challenges.
  • Be able to listen.

How can you help the Council?

If this sounds like something you are interested in, all you need to do is forward your application to the ONZ General Manager before the deadline.
You don’t need to be nominated or supported by a club.

If you think you can help, we want to hear from YOU.


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