Report from Dietitians New Zealand – New Governance Structure, New Website and 75th Anniversary Celebration
  • Transition to a Skills-based Council
    In 2014 a review of Dietitians New Zealand (Dietitians NZ) governance was undertaken which opened the pathway to further strengthen governance level accountability and advance Dietitians NZ by transitioning from a model of a regional representative Executive Committee (EC) into a skills-based national Council.
    At the 2015 Dietitians NZ Annual General Meeting (AGM) a revision of the Dietitians NZ Rules to accommodate the new Council skills-based governance structure were accepted. Under its new Rules the Association is required to have a minimum of six and a maximum of eight Councillors. At that time the Council had ten members, however, during the transition period of time until the conclusion of the 2017 AGM, transitional arrangements have applied to the appointment and election of the [transition] Council.
    In May 2016, and in accordance with the new Dietitians NZ Rules adopted at the 2015 AGM, five existing Councillors declared they would be stepping down to make way for three new skills-mix Councillors to be nominated and elected. Dietitians NZ is now in the final stages of the transition and at the 2017 AGM in August, two new Councillors will be elected, making the transition complete.
    Dietitians NZ celebrates 75 years!
    Dietitians NZ started life as the New Zealand Dietetic Association in 1943 with 47 active members. Now, membership stands at over 650. The seventy-five intervening years have seen huge changes, and the association looks forward celebrating where it has come from and where it is going.
    Next year, 2018, planning is underway for a 75th Jubilee Celebration Conference to be held in Auckland on August 30, 31, and September 1st at the Langham Hotel. The Jubilee theme, “Celebrating 75 Years – Remember the Past; Prepare for the Future” will carry through the Conference scientific and social programme. New Zealand dietitians have lived, worked and studied in a number of countries and would now like to showcase their place in the world of Dietetics.
    The planning stages of the Conference are underway, some high quality presenters for the programme have already been identified and there will be some exciting opportunities for networking. Dietitians NZ look forward to welcoming as many friends and colleagues as possible from here and overseas to share in the 75th Jubilee celebrations.
    Please visit our website where further information will be posted as it comes to hand.
    Louise Beckingsale
    Dietetic Communications Advisor
    Dietitians NZ