Attn: Arthritis New Zealand members

As members of Arthritis New Zealand one of our rights, and responsibilities, is the ability to nominate and vote for members of the Governing Body.  I am fortunate that our current Governing Body is of a very high calibre– and that is thanks to the skilled people who put themselves forward for this task.

Governance of an organisation like ours can be a demanding task.  We come from a variety of backgrounds and with particular interests in the work of the organisation. Once we get to the Board table our role is to put aside personal points of view and work for the collective good.

One of the advantages of our now 51 years of existence is that our systems and processes are well developed and tested – so there are Job Descriptions for these volunteer roles; documented expectations and review procedures.

Anyone considering their name being put forward is encouraged to call me or any other member of the Governing Body to talk through the role and associated responsibilities.  It is an interesting role and although challenging brings great satisfaction to those who take it on.

The Arthritis New Zealand 2017 elections are approaching and all current members have the opportunity to nominate candidates for the positions of:

Governing Body:

  • 1 x President
  • 1 x Northern Regional Representative


3 x Regional Liaison Groups: (up to 9 members in each Region)

  • Northern
  • Midland/Central                 
  • Southern


Should you wish to make nominations for the above positions you may obtain nomination packs from any Arthritis New Zealand office by phoning 0800 663 463, or downloading information from our website:

Nominations for the above positions close on 11th September, 2017

Our Annual General Meeting is set for Saturday, 25 November 2017 and will be held at the Novotel Christchurch Hotel, Cathedral Square, Christchurch.  All members wishing to attend the AGM are requested to complete a registration form.  All forms are available office by phoning 0800 663 463, or downloading information from our website:

Please complete your forms and return to: Dianne Armstrong, Returning Officer, Arthritis New Zealand, P O Box 10020, Wellington, 6143, by 11 September 2017.  Thank you.

If a ballot vote is required papers will be posted out on 18 September and close on 4 October.  Successful candidates will be notified by 20 October 2017. results will be announced at our Annual General Meeting on 25 November 2017.

CALL FOR REMITS & NOTICE OF MOTION; HONORARY LIFE MEMBERSHIP NOMINATIONS:  Remits and notice of motions will be open from 31 July and close 2 October. Nomination forms for Honorary Life Membership are available on the website or by contacting any Arthritis New Zealand office on 0800 663 463.

Download each of the documents in Word format below

President’s Nomination form

Regional Liaison Group Nomination form

Cover letter from the President

Election Timetable for 2017

Governing Body Nomination form

Information for members

Registration form for Members