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1 Jul

Options Paper for Feedback

1 July 2022


An organisational review was undertaken in 2021 to address some of the challenges that were facing Branches and the wider organisation. Through this review process, agreement was reached on the following:

  • We will develop a nationally coordinated volunteer programme.
  • The national office will take over responsibility for legal compliance including health and safety management, managing personal data and, entering into legal contracts.
  • Branches may agree to have their funds managed by the national office, and if not, they will use Xero to allow consolidation of accounting and auditing.
  • Branches will develop annual plans and have these amalgamated into national annual plans. This includes a nationally aligned fundraising and marketing plan.
  • We should be speaking with one voice – that we agree on the key messages and that we will make sure our messages align.

CFNZ’s current constitution, last amended in 2015, provides for a model under which Branches have financial members, hold AGMs, prepare accounts, nominates and votes for CFNZ Board members. This appears to assume a situation where there are active Branches across NZ, with members supporting and representing their local CF communities.

Experience over the last few years suggests this is no longer the case across NZ. Only 7 of the 12 Branches now appear to be functioning, membership is declining, few Branches charge membership fees, and the recent 2021 Insight Survey suggests the preferred routes for the CF community to have a say are via surveys, social media and special interest groups.




What is the purpose of this Options Paper?

  • To present a revised organisational structure and constitution that is fit for purpose and sustainable to the membership of CFNZ at the September AGM.

Why is this important?

  • Out of our organisational review process two issues remained:
    • The declining membership of CFNZ and its Branches, and
    • The uncertain role of Branches.
  • The CFNZ Board feels these two issues are what we need to address so we can reach an outcome through consultation in order for us to effectively meet the present and future needs of our CF community.

 What are the objectives of this process?

  1. To explore a range of alternative structural and constitutional options and present these to the members and the wider CF community for feedback by 5pm 21 July 2022.
  2. To consider the feedback from the members and our wider community on these options and present a preferred structural option and draft constitution to the CFNZ Board by 19 August 2022.
  3. To support the CFNZ Board in seeking approval for a preferred option and draft constitution at the Annual General Meeting on 24 September 2022. 

How can you have your say?

We want to hear your feedback about the proposed options from individuals, Branches, Branch members, members of our CF community and stakeholders.

You can provide your feedback using the following links:

FOR INDIVIDUALS – click here 

FOR BRANCHES – click here 

If you have any questions you would like answered before submitting your feedback, you an send an email to This will be provided to our CFNZ People, Organisation and Culture Committee who will endeavour to answer your questions at the earliest opportunity.

Feedback closes at 5pm on Thursday the 21st of July.