The following is an email sent by Tim Barnett to party members.
I am pleased to be able to inform you that New Zealand Council has made some key decisions about the timetable and process around the election of our Party Leader. On the key matters:
Nominations for the role will close at 5pm on Tuesday 14th October.
Electronic and postal ballot papers will be distributed a few days after that. If you have an email address registered with us, your ballot will be sent to that. Unfinancial members will have until Tuesday 11th November to renew their membership.
A total of 14 hustings meetings for Party members featuring the nominees will be held in:
|Wellington||Wednesday 22nd October, evening|
|Palmerston North||Thursday 23rd October, evening|
|Nelson||Tuesday 28th October, evening|
|Christchurch||Wednesday 29th October, evening|
|Dunedin||Thursday 30th October, evening|
|Invercargill||Friday 31st October, evening|
|Hawkes Bay||Monday 3rd November, evening|
|Tauranga||Tuesday 4th November, evening|
|Hamilton||Wednesday 5th November, evening|
|New Plymouth||Thursday 6th November, evening|
|Whangarei||Saturday 8th November|
|Auckland Isthmus||Sunday 9th November|
|West Auckland||Monday 10th November, evening|
|South Auckland||Tuesday 11th November, evening|
Voting will close and the result will be released on Tuesday 18th November.
As time goes on, members will be advised by email of the details of local meetings, and with your ballot paper will be sent A4 biographies of candidates.
Once nominations are in a Code of Conduct for candidates will be finalised, and the Party will also be making clear its expectations about the behaviour of all Party members.
This is a wonderful expression of our Party democracy, and the only system of this kind in New Zealand. Use your vote wisely!
General Secretary/Returning Officer