Our purpose is to preserve New Zealand's whitewater resources and enhance opportunities to enjoy them safely.

Whitewater NZ AGM

Date: 
Saturday, September 30, 2017 - 10:00 - 16:00
Organiser: 
Whitewater NZ

The Whitewater NZ Annual General Meeting will be held in Tauranga.
Venue: Waverly on Wairoa, 36 Taniwha Place, Bethlehem, Tauranga http://www.waverly.co.nz/

Minutes for 2017 AGM

Meeting commenced 10:35am

10:35am Nigel Parry opened the meeting, and there was a round of introductions:

  • James Rae, Safety Officer, 1 vote
  • Kazuto Kora, Auckland University CC, 50 votes
  • Michelle Schurmann, Wellington, Victoria University CC, 38 members/votes
  • Steven Bennett, Hutt Valley CC, 13 members/votes
  • Dan Kirkman, Ruahine CC, 36 members/votes
  • Mike Rankin, Tauranga / Canoe Slalom BOP, 5 votes
  • Blair Anderson, Kaimai CC (not a member)
  • Don Calder, MSNZ
  • Max Rayner, UCCC/COW, 100 members/50 votes
  • Blair Waller, WWCC, 258 members/50 votes
  • Doug Rankin, Conservation Officer, 1 vote; NZ Bug Sports, 1 vote
  • Kevin Payne, New Plymouth CC / Ruahine Club, 20 votes
  • Warren Hales, Hawkes Bay CC
  • Steve Flack, Hawkes Bay CC, 20 members/votes
  • Terry Lasenby, Waikato CC, 19 members/votes
  • Bruce Webber, 1 vote
  • Brendan Bayly, NZ Freestyle, 1 vote
  • Rachel Moore, Wanaka
  • Andy Fuller
  • Nigel Parry, Wellington, President, Kupe, 50 votes
  • Robin Rutter-Baumann, Vice-president, 1 vote
  • Jonathan Hunt, Webmaster, 1 vote
  • Ashley 'Cheese' Cheeseman (late)
  • Dagmar Goeke (late)

Apologies: Justin Venable, , Hugh Canard, Dylan Thompson.

Motion: that the previous AGM minutes are true and correct. Moved: Nigel Parry/Jonathan Hunt CARRIED.

Nigel tabled the Annual Report, previously distributed.

Nigel summarised the financial report prepared by Marnie Fornusek.

Motion to accept the financial report, Nigel Parry/Doug Rankin CARRIED.

Motions and remits

Robin Rutter-Baumann spoke to the proposed constitution, based on the Sport NZ template, with the motivation being to move away from dedicated executive functions. Robin pointed out some recent typographic corrections and a clarification regarding board members being able to join immediately after being elected.

Some comments from Terry, Blair re falling membership of some clubs, but 100s of kayakers around Rotorua. Blair spoke in support of expanding beyond kayakers to other recreational users.

Motions 1 – 4, moved by Nigel Parry, seconded by Robin Rutter-Bauman.

  1. Motion: That the AGM approve the adoption of the proposed new constitution as tabled at the AGM. CARRIED (unanimous).
  2. That the AGM elect the board roles as outlined in the new constitution. CARRIED (unanimous).
  3. That the newly elected board members act in Executive roles as described in the prior constitution, until the new constitution is formally accepted by the Registrar of Incorporated Societies. CARRIED (unanimous).
  4. That in the event the Registrar of Incorporated Societies does not register the constitution adopted at the 2017 AGM, a Special General Meeting will be held within 3 months of today. CARRIED (unanimous).

Election of Officers/Board

  • President: Nigel Parry (Robin Rutter-Baumann/Justin Venable), elected unopposed.
  • Vice-president: James Rae (Blair, Kaz), Ashley Cheeseman (Dagmar, Robin), Cheese elected.
  • Justin Venable (Nigel Parry/Robin Rutter-Baumann), elected unopposed.
  • Jonathan Hunt (Nigel Parry/Robin Rutter-Baumann), elected unopposed.
  • Dan Kirkman (Nigel Parry/Robin Rutter-Baumann), elected unopposed.
  • Rachael Moore (Nigel Parry/Justin Venable), elected unopposed.
  • Doug Rankin (Isaac Bain/Jonathan Hunt), elected unopposed.
  • James Rae (Isaac Bain/Jonathan Hunt), elected unopposed.
  • Robin Rutter-Baumann (Nigel Parry/Ashley Cheeseman), elected unopposed.

Canoeist of the year - discussion of nominations and voting:

  • Alan (Sarge) Hoffman, nominated by Hugh Canard, Ian Fox.
  • Ian Ferguson, nominated by Andy Fuller.

Canoeist of the Year 2017 awarded to Alan (Sarge) Hoffman.

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Join us for the AGM on Saturday and kayak the Wairoa release on Sunday 1 October.

The event will be followed by a social get-together in the evening and the the following day enjoying the Wairoa River, a popular local run with class II-IV sections.

Please RSVP to communications@rivers.org.nz by Thursday 14 September.

Contact communications@rivers.org.nz with your nominations for board positions and for the Canoeist of the Year award, and any motions or matters you would like to see discussed at the AGM preferably by the end of August, but before the deadline of 14 September.

There is up to $200 available as a 50% subsidy of travel costs for designated representatives of local clubs and regional ambassadors attending the AGM. The subsidy needs to be approved in advance so please email communications@rivers.org.nz if you wish to take this offer up.

Low cost camping accommodation will be available at McLaren Falls Park, and transport can be arranged from Auckland for anyone who may find it easier to fly there with their kayaks.

We welcome all members of the whitewater community to come along, meet your colleagues and the Whitewater NZ team and have your say. Things are changing at Whitewater NZ with the recent addition of Regional Ambassadors around the country. We will also be tabling a major update of the Whitewater NZ Constitution with a smaller board and larger working team that we believe will enable us to increase our voice and reach. Of course all of this requires the input and vote of the membership so it would be great to see you there.

We are also looking for some additional help to drive our purpose - to preserve New Zealand's whitewater resources and enhance opportunities to enjoy them safely. If you can spare some time and energy, we would welcome your assistance. The current exec positions give you an idea of the skills we need and there are many different levels of help needed to run a national organisation, lobby central Government, influence Regional Council water policy, submit on applications to dam and extract water from rivers, engage with the whitewater community, raise funds, drive membership, push for river access, engage councils to remove pine trees from rivers, liaise with hydro companies on releases - the list goes on, and all on the smell of an oily rag.

Many hands make light work however, so if you are that energetic, positive person that is willing to help push the whitewater waka along a little faster please sing out. We hope to see as many people at the AGM as possible and look forward to spending the evening and following day on the river together.

Feel free to drop any of us a line if you want to hear more about the AGM or what we do.

See you there!
Whitewater NZ team

Agenda

10.00amArrival, meet and greet.
10.30amAGM start
10Welcome, Record of attendance quorum
Agenda overview and timing plus weekend plan (paddle etc.)
Meeting procedure
20Previous minutes
Annual report
Financial report
60Motions and remits
Election of Officers/Board
10Canoeist of the Year
12:30pmFormal AGM end
30Lunch
90Feedback and discussion sessions focussing on plan for next 12 months
60Riverside first aid (Dr Justin Venable)
3:30pmEnd
5:30pmCamping and communal BBQ/drinks at McLaren Falls campground (BYO)

Proposed motions

Motions for the amendment of the WWNZ Constitution

Motions 1 – 4, moved by Nigel Parry, seconded by Robin Rutter-Bauman.

  1. That the AGM approve the adoption of the proposed new constitution as tabled at the AGM
  2. That the AGM elect the board roles as outlined in the new constitution.
  3. That the newly elected board members act in Executive roles as described in the prior constitution, until the new constitution is formally accepted by the Registrar of Incorporated Societies.
  4. That in the event the Registrar of Incorporated Societies does not register the constitution adopted at the 2017 AGM, a Special General Meeting will be held within 3 months of today.
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