Constitutional Rules of Auckland Parents of Deaf Children Incorporated

1. Name:

The name of the Society shall be Auckland Parents of Deaf Children (APODC) Incorporated, in these rules referred to as ‘the Society’.

2. Interpretation:

   2.1 The term ‘deaf child/ren’ in these rules describes children with any level of hearing loss.
   2.2 ‘Parent/s’ shall mean and include legal guardian or other persons who have care and custody of the deaf child.
   2.3 ‘Auckland’ shall mean the residential area served by Auckland Council.
   2.4 ‘Act’ means the Incorporated Societies Act 1908 and all amendments thereto.
   2.5 The term ‘Managing Committee’ shall refer to the governing body of APODC Inc. as elected by members of the Society during the Annual General Meeting (AGM), and/or including co­opted members thereof.
   2.6 The term ‘member’, encompasses both Full and Associate Members, who have paid their annual subscriptions for the current financial year.

3. Mission:

The Society promotes and facilitates informed, supportive and cohesive relationships between families and whānau with deaf children, living in the Auckland region. It believes that when families and whānau are well supported and connected as part of a peer network, deaf children can realise their full potential as active participants, and valued members within their respective communities. The society champions the right for deaf children to realise their full potential, by developing a positive, healthy, and secure self-identity.

4. Office:

The registered office of the Society shall be % Auckland Deaf Society, 164 Balmoral Road, Balmoral, Auckland 1024 or such other place/s as the Managing Committee shall from time to time determine.

5. Objects:

The objects of the Society shall be to:

    5.1 Provide for and promote the social, educational and recreational activities of deaf children living in Auckland.
    5.2 Promote or assist in research related to deafness, and the development of assistive technology.
    5.3 To purchase, acquire, hold or develop any land (whether freehold or leasehold), and to erect, maintain, or renew any building thereon, for the purposes of promoting social, educational and recreational activities of deaf children, with power to lease or let land and buildings.
    5.4 Raise funds, accept gifts and bequests, for the purposes of achieving or carrying out any of the Society’s objects.
    5.5 Do any other acts, including the granting of bursaries or scholarships, or engage in any other activity which will likely be of benefit to deaf children in Auckland.
    5.6 Co-operate or work in conjunction with any other corporate bodies, organisations or groups, to assist in the achievement of the stated objects.

6. Membership:

    6.1 Full Membership of the Society shall be open to any family/whānau with a deaf child residing in the Auckland region.
    6.2 Associate Membership shall comprise of Deaf adults, CODA families (Child/ren of a Deaf Adult), body corporates, groups, organisations and/or individuals who are interested in the welfare of deaf children, residing in the Auckland region.
    6.3 No person may become a member until he or she has completed and signed the membership form, thereby agreeing to promote and not hinder the mission and objects of the Society. This clause does not, however, prevent 1 or more members from proposing changes or additions to any part of the Constitutional Rules.
    6.4 Membership is per family, and covers immediate family members, including parents / legal guardians, the deaf child and any other siblings.
    6.5 Membership is annual, and renewal of membership is dependent on the payment of subscriptions each year.
    6.6 The Managing Committee shall have power to make any person a Life Member of the Society in recognition of outstanding or meritorious service. Life Members shall not be liable for any subscriptions.
     6.7 The Managing Committee shall have the power to refuse membership, suspend and/or expel a member from the Society, provided that a majority of at least 51 % of the Managing Committee, personally present at the relevant meeting, agree. The member whose expulsion is under consideration, shall be allowed full opportunity to offer explanation verbally, and/or in writing.
   Reasons for expulsion may include:
          6.7.1 Misconduct
          6.7.2 In circumstances where the Managing Committee has reasonable grounds for believing that the member is not supportive of the aims and objectives, and values of the Society.
          6.8 Any member may choose to end membership with the Society at any time, however the organisation will be unable to return the annual subscription fee, unless there are exceptional circumstances, which will be decided at the discretion of the Managing Committee.

7. Subscriptions:

    7.1 Every member shall pay to the Society the annual subscription fixed by the Society at the Annual General Meeting. The Managing Committee reserves the right to exercise discretion to remit or reduce the subscription of any member.
    7.2 No member whose subscription is in arrears, shall be entitled to vote at any meeting, hold office, or serve on the Managing Committee.

8. The Managing Committee:

    8.1 The affairs of the Society shall be governed and managed by a Managing Committee, consisting of the Officers (other than the Patron and Vice Patron), and Managing Committee members, to reach no less than 5, and no more than 10 in number.
    8.2 The Managing Committee and its Officers shall be elected or co-opted in accordance with the rules stated in this constitution.
    8.3 At least 80% of the Managing Committee must be full members, and parents of deaf children.
    8.4 The Managing Committee shall have the power to define policy, make by-laws and regulations, create sub-branches, authorise expenditure, appoint sub-committees as required, engage or discharge volunteers and employees, acquire leases, and in all things, conduct and superintend the business of the Society.
    8.5 No member of the Managing Committee shall be allowed to vote on any question in which she/he is personally interested, and in any disputes and matters referred to the Managing Committee which may lead to a conflict of interest. The Managing Committee’s decision shall be final.
    8.6 The Managing Committee may call upon contracted employees of the Society to fulfil certain duties or obligations. This person or persons, acting in accordance with their position description, will fulfil duties without holding position of Officer or Managing Committee Member.

9. Officers:

    9.1 The Officers of the Society shall be elected at each Annual General Meeting from among the Managing Committee, and shall consist of a President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer and others, called Managing Committee Members.
    9.2 The Managing Committee may include a Patron and Vice Patron if deemed necessary. However, the Patron and Vice Patron/s need not necessarily be members of the Society.
    9.3 The President, Secretary, and Treasurer shall have full membership, and be either parents or legal guardians of deaf children. If a specific office should fall vacant between AnnualGeneral Meetings, the Managing Committee shall, as soon as possible, elect 1 of their number to fill that vacancy.

10. Election of Officers

    10.1 Nominations for Officers and Managing Committee Members must be received by the Managing Committee 21 days before the date fixed for the Annual General Meeting, where the elections will take place, and circulated with notice of the meeting no later than 14 clear days before the AGM.
    10.2 Each nominee must be nominated and seconded by 2 members at the Annual General Meeting. The Officers and Managing Committee Members shall be deemed to be fully and properly constituted, notwithstanding that the maximum number of Managing Committee members may not be elected; so long as a minimum of 5 are elected.
   10.3 If the number of the nominated Officers does not exceed the number required to be elected, the members nominated shall be declared elected, unless the members present at the meeting determine otherwise by a majority vote.
   10.4 A voter must vote for the full number of Officers and Managing Committee Members nominated at the Annual General Meeting by a show of hands indicating a vote for the affirmative, negative or abstaining. A 51% affirmative vote determines the Officer or Managing Committee Members position. At any election in the event of equality of votes for 2 or more candidates, the Chairperson shall determine the issue by lot.
   10.5 If for a vacancy occurs on the Managing Committee, the Officers may co-opt to fill the vacancy and the tenure of the person co-opted shall be until the next Annual General Meeting.
The Managing Committee may also, at any time, co-opt additional non-voting members for specific purposes and for specific periods of time.

11. Roles of Officers:

    11.1 The Treasurer
The Treasurer, or in her or his absence, the Secretary, shall pay into the Society’s bank account all monies received, and shall lay all bank statements and bank correspondence before the Managing Committee at each meeting. All accounts shall be submitted to and passed by the Managing Committee before payment, and authorised by any 2 Managing Committee Members. The Treasurer, in addition to her or his other duties shall:
          11.1.1 Keep the accounts of the Society.
          11.1.2 Place before the Managing Committee when required, the books and vouchers relative to the receipts and expenditure of the Society.
          11.1.3 Prepare within 2 months after the completion of each yearly period, a Balance Sheet in readiness for the AGM, and present it to the Managing Committee.
          11.1.4 Hand over to the President, all monies, books, papers and documents in her or his possession, relating to the Society or its affairs, upon receipt of 3 days previous notice in writing from the President and the Secretary, requiring her or him to do so.
          11.1.5 Payments and withdrawals shall be moved and seconded by 2 Officers or Managing Committee Members, provided that they are not a direct recipient.
          11.1.6 No pecuniary gain shall be derived by any member, from the operations of the Society or use of its property, saving only such fees and or salaries as may be paid bone fide by the Society for services rendered.

    11.2 The Secretary
The Secretary, or any person carrying out duties of the Secretary as agreed/delegated by the Managing Committee will:
          11.2.1 Keep a register of members.
          11.2.2 Take minutes of all meetings of the Managing Committee.
          11.2.3 Conduct correspondence.
          11.2.4 Forward to all members such notices as required by the rules to be so forwarded.
          11.2.5 Prepare and forward any returns required by the Act.
          11.2.6 Hand over to the President, all books, papers and documents in her or his possession, relating to the Society or its affairs, upon receipt of 3 days previous notice in writing from the President and the Treasurer requiring her or him to do so,
          11.2. 7 Perform other duties, and generally carry out the instructions of the Managing Committee and the President.

    11.3 The President The
President shall:
          11.3.1 Hold a leadership position within the Managing Committee, and as required by the Society.
          11.3.2 Chair all meetings, or delegate another Managing Committee member to chair a particular meeting.
          11.3.3 Sign documents as required.
          11.3.4 Perform other duties, and generally act on behalf of the Society and its members in conjunction with the Managing Committee.
    11.4 The Vice President
The Vice President shall act on behalf of the President as necessary.

    11.5 The Patron
The Patron acts as a figurehead to promote the Society, support its endeavours, and act on its behalf to further its mission. In addition, the Patron may, on behalf of, or for the benefit of the Society: raise funds, accept gifts, devices and bequests, for the purposes of achieving or carrying out any of the Society’s objects.
 
    11.6 The Vice Patron
The Vice Patron may be: An additional Patron, act in accordance with the Patron, or act on behalf of the Patron, as required by the Society.

12. Term of Office for Officers and Managing Committee Members

    12.1 All Officers and Managing Committee Members shall retire at the next Annual General Meeting following their election or appointment. All retired Officers and Managing Committee Members may be eligible for re-election.
    12.2 The Officers and Managing Committee Members shall remain in office and continue to conduct the business of the Society, notwithstanding that their term of office may have expired, until the first meeting of the new Managing Committee. Any Officer or Managing Committee Member may retire at any time, by giving notice in writing to the President.

13. Forfeiture of Office

The Managing Committee shall declare forfeited, the seat of any Officer or Managing Committee Member who absents her or himself from 3 consecutive ordinary meetings of the Managing Committee without giving apologies.

14. Meetings:

    14.1 The Managing Committee meetings shall be held monthly, or as often as they determine, and may be called together by the President, or 3 Officers and/or Managing Committee Members, upon giving notice to the Secretary.
    14.2 5 members of the Managing Committee, present in person, shall constitute a quorum at all Managing Committee meetings.

15. Meeting Rules

    15.1 At all meetings of the Society and the Managing Committee, the President, if present, shall chair the meeting, or may delegate the role of chair. In the absence of the President, such person as the members present shall elect from the number, shall be Chairperson. The Chairperson of any meeting shall have a casting vote, as well as a deliberate vote.
    15.2 The usual rules of debate shall be observed. Each member speaks once to each motion or amendment, save that the mover shall have the right of reply. The time allowed to any speaker shall be decided by the Chairperson, with a limit of 5 minutes, unless the meeting shall agree to extension. The Chairperson determines the number of times and duration each person may speak.
    15.3 If freer discussion is desired on any subject, any member may move that the meeting go ‘In Committee’, in which case such motion shall be put without discussion on the show of hands. When ‘In Committee’, members may speak more than once. Any member may move the ordinary meeting be resumed, and such a motion shall be put without discussion, and decided on the show of hands.
    15.4 All resolutions duly passed by the Society shall be conclusive and binding on all members of the Society, whether they shall have been present at such meetings or not. Such resolution can only be revoked by a special meeting, or at the next AGM.
    15.5 Except where a ballot is demanded, all questions shall be decided by a show of hands, provided always that 2 members can demand a ballot.
    15.6 All Managing Committee members will respect their co-Managing Committee members, and conduct themselves with dignity and decorum at all times.

16. Special Meetings:

    16.1 The President shall call a Special Meeting at any time upon request by resolution of the Managing Committee, or upon receipt, a requisition signed by not less than 8 members.
    16.2 At such meetings, 8 members present shall constitute a quorum, of which at least 6 shall be full members i.e. parents of deaf children.
    16.3 At Special Meetings, no business other than that for which the meeting is called, shall be dealt with.
    16.4 In the event of there being no quorum present within 20 minutes of the time fixed for a Special Meeting, the same shall stand adjourned for not less than 7, or more than 14 days, to be decided by those present. 3 days’ notice shall be given in writing to members, of the adjourned date, and in the event of a quorum not being present, within 20 minutes of the time fixed for the adjourned meeting, the same shall thereupon lapse, and the Secretary or delegated Officer present shall record the fact in the minutes of the Society.

17. Annual General Meeting:

    17 .1 The Society’s years shall commence on the 1st of January, and end on the 31st December. The Annual General Meeting of the Society shall be held no later than 31st May in each year, immediately following the end of the Society’s year, or as soon thereafter as practicable, at such place or places as the Managing Committee shall determine.
    17.2 At each Annual General Meeting the current Managing Committee and Officers will step down, and election of the new Managing Committee and Officers will be held. A written notice asking for nominations to the Managing Committee will be sent out to all members in advance.
    17.3 All nominations for election of Managing Committee will be received no later than 21 days before the date of the AGM and shall be posted to all members no later than 14 clear days before such meetings.
    17.4 At each Annual General Meeting, 8 members present shall constitute a quorum, of which at least 6 shall be full members i.e. parents of deaf children.
    17.5 At each Annual General Meeting the Managing Committee shall produce a Report of the proceedings of the Society for the last year, and a Balance Sheet showing the financial position as at 31st December preceding.
    17.6 The Report and Balance Sheet must be moved and seconded. Any member may, without notice, ask any questions or move any resolution relative to the Report and/or Balance Sheet.

18. Inspection of Books:

The books of the Society may be inspected by any member, upon giving 5 working days notice in writing to the Managing Committee. No Minutes of the Society shall be inspected until confirmed by the Managing Committee at the following monthly meeting.

19. Investment of Funds:

19.1 The Managing Committee may in its discretion invest so much of the funds of the Society as may not be wanted to meet the usual accruing liabilities in trustee securities.
    19.2 Any monies so invested may from time to time whenever the Managing Committee so require, be withdrawn from investment and repaid to the working account of the Society.

20. Winding-up:

    20.1 The Society may be wound up by resolution of the Society, passed at an Annual General Meeting by a majority of 51 % of all members present, provided the notice calling the meeting shall have clearly stated that a proposal to wind-up the Society would be considered.
    20.2 Upon a resolution to wind up being passed, all future subscriptions shall cease to be payable. After payment of the Society’s liabilities and expenses, the funds and assets of the Society shall be given or transferred to another charitable organisation under New Zealand law with purposes similar to Auckland Parents of Deaf Children Inc. by a person appointed at the meeting, at which such winding up resolution is passed.
    20.3 Upon the funds of the Society becoming exhausted, the Society shall be deemed to be dissolved, provided that all the members shall remain liable for, and shall pay all subscriptions in arrears, at the date of passing such resolution.

21. Amendments to Constitutional Rules:

    21.1 These rules may be altered, added to, rescinded or otherwise varied and amended by a resolution passed by a two-thirds majority of all members personally present at an AGM, or at a Special General Meeting convened in accordance with these rules.
    21.2 14 days’ notice shall be given to all members prior to such AGM or Special General Meeting together with the context of any proposals, new rule or amendment.

This is a copy of the Amended Constitution of Auckland Parents of Deaf Children, adopted at a Special Meeting, held on 5th September 2017, following a member vote. Executed under the Common Seal of Auckland Parents of Deaf Children Incorporated by:

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