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Call for Trustee Election Nominees: July 15, 2020

Download the Nomination Form Below or email


Kia ora koutou

In October 2020, PNZ Board members including Peter Garelja, Robyn Cotton, and Janice Grigg complete their current two-year term as a Trustee of The Parkinson's New Zealand Charitable Trust.

Accordingly, the Trust is seeking nominations from members to let their name stand for election to the Board of Trustees for 2020/21. Members in good standing, motivated to contribute to the governance and strategic direction of the Trust are invited to stand for election to the Board. All three of the retiring Trustees are eligible for re-election and are also invited to seek the nomination.

Trustees are expected to serve a full two-year term and are permitted to seek re-election for a further two terms up to a maximum of three consecutive 2-year terms. We are particularly interested in people with experience in some of the following: financial management, marketing, strategic planning, advocacy and lobbying, and/or a health professional background.

Nominations must be supported by the members' regional Action Group and will close at 5:00 pm, Thursday, August 6, 2020. After this time, no further nominations will be accepted.

Download the Nomination Form Below or email

Anyone can consider standing for election as a Trustee of Parkinson's New Zealand. To qualify for nomination a potential Trustee must:

  • Not be a staff member of Parkinson's New Zealand or its associated Multiple Sclerosis Societies, currently or in the past two years.
  • Declare a personal commitment to the principles of Parkinson's New Zealand.
  • Declare a commitment to attend and participate in meetings.
  • Agree to adhere to the Trustee job description.
  • Confirm they have the skills and competencies required from a Trustee.
  • Not have any significant conflicts of interest that could jeopardise their ability to take part in Trust decision-making.
  • Have their nomination for election signed off by two members of a Parkinson's Action Group closest to where they reside.
  • Nominations are to include a short statement on the nominee's commitment to the role and commitment to the principles of Parkinson's New Zealand and be accompanied by a CV with information on the nominee's suitability for the position.
  • Be a fully paid-up member of Parkinson's New Zealand and by submitting Nominations signed by the Parkinson's Action Group, along with the accompanying short description document and an electronic photograph (.jpg, .png or .gif) must be received by the due date of 6 August 2020.

The election process will be conducted as follows:

  • A short CV of all signed nominations received will be circulated electronically to all members, along with an electronic voting form.
  • Members will each have one vote for each open position. In other words, if three (3) positions were open, then a member would have three (3) votes, for three (3) people.
  • Notice of Trustees standing for election will also be included in the Parkinsonian with an option for members to request postal voting forms if they are unable to access the online voting process.
  • Reminders to vote will be sent one week before the close of voting.
  • There is no minimum number of votes required.
  • Voting will close Tuesday 22 September 2020.
  • The nominees with the most votes will be the elected Trustees.
  • f the number of nominees is the same or less than the number of positions to be filled– no vote will be necessary, and the nominees will be declared elected.I
  • All candidates will be personally advised of the votes and whether they have been appointed as a Trustee or not.
  • Successful candidates will be required to sign the job description and begin the Trustee induction process on appointment.

Download the Nomination Form Below or email

If insufficient nominations are put forward for the elected roles, and the Board feels they require additional expertise, then the Board may second someone for a one-year term to cover the position. Another election will be held the following year for the role. The person seconded may put their name forward for election.

Elections will be conducted by electronic and postal voting before the Annual Hui. Electronic voting instructions will be distributed to members by email by Monday 24 August. Postal voting packages will be distributed to members on request. The deadline for receipt of online and postal vote submissions is Tuesday 22 September 2020.

Two independent scrutineers will count the votes, and the results declared on Wednesday 30 September 2020.

Should you require further information regarding the nomination and election process, please contact Parkinson's NZ National Office at 0800 473 4636, or by email at

To see a list of current Trustees, please visit -

Important Dates to Remember:

August 6 – Nominations due

August 24 – Election/voting packages sent to members

September 22 – Votes due

September 30 – Election results declared

October 21 & 22 – Annual Hui (General Meeting)

Kia kaha, 

Peter Garelja
Chairman of the Board of Trustees for Parkinson's New Zealand

Download the Nomination Form Below or email