Thursday, 30 September 2010

Yachting New Zealand AGM

What: The 56th Annual General Meeting of Yachting New Zealand
When: Saturday 2nd October at 1:30pm
Where: Yachting New Zealand, 85 Westhaven Drive, Westhaven, Auckland

Items on the agenda for Saturday include:-
Presentation of Annual Reports
Approval of the Affiliation fee and Resource Management levy
Election of one Director (see next item for candidates)

Important Reminder:-
Your Yacht Club has voting power at the Yachting New Zealand AGM, but only if a verified representative is in attendance to cast your vote. Please ensure the proxy form enclosed in the AGM pack posted to you has been appropriately completed and signed. It should be returned to YNZ by fax before Friday 5pm (Please note that your representative should also present the original signed form at registration on Saturday if it has been faxed to us)

For more information visit the YNZ website AGM page or email Beth Orton

Introducing candidates for Board Position

Nominations are in for positions up for re-election on the Yachting New Zealand Board in 2010 to be determined by vote at the up-coming AGM.

Yachting New Zealand Board Director – One position available, three nominations received

Mike Coupe – Plimmerton Yacht Club

Mike Coupe of Wellington has a commercial career in Public Relations, Media and Communications and has operated his own businesses within these disciplines for over 30 years with offices in New Zealand and Australia. Mike has travelled extensively on assignments for newspapers and magazines and has advised major international companies, specializing in the primary industry sector on PR and Communications. Now semi-retired Mike still actively consults for a small group of clients as well as working as a marine broker for Vinings Shipbrokers in Wellington.

Mike has served on the Committees of various Yacht Clubs and Class Associations, is a past Commodore of Evans Bay Yacht & Motorboat Club, past President of Wellington Yachting Association and a former YNZ Councilor. He is a qualified Judge and Race Officer.

Mike’s sailing experience spans 50 years starting in P Class, through to small keelers and includes highlights in One Tonne, Half Tonne and Aquarius 22 events. He currently races and cruises a Davidson 31 keeler and is a member of the Plimmerton Boating Club.

Elected to the YNZ Board in 2007 Mike’s special interests and experience are in the areas of Public Relations and communications.

Craig Smith – Bluff Yacht Club

Craig is an Invercargill lawyer who specialises in employment law and dispute resolution. He is also a member of the New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants, having previously worked for chartered accountancy firms and also in industry. He has board of trustee experience on Invercargill primary and high schools, is a member of a business advisory group to the Southern Institute of Technology, a trustee of the Southland Medical Trust, the Invercargill Rotary Charitable Trust and is a past president of the Invercargill Rotary Club.

He understands the role of governance and has strength in this area.

In terms of sailing he describes himself as an enthusiastic grass roots sailor, is Rear Commodore of the Bluff Yacht Club, races a Farr 7500 Trailer
Yacht with his wife and has three children who race dinghies. He instructs learn to sail classes and is a representative on the Southland Yachting

His passion and interest in sailing is unquestionable. He offers himself as somebody who has a commitment to the sport, and who would bring legal and financial business expertise, objectivity and freshness to a governance role within Yachting New Zealand.

Peter Vause – Royal Port Nicholson Yacht Club

Peter is a Director and Shareholder of RDT Pacific Ltd a Project and Cost Management Consultancy. Thirty years of project management practice has given Peter a sound knowledge of ethical, legal, financial and economic issues in the construction and property industry. Peter’s skills are in establishing and managing teams, helping them to achieve excellent solutions, to carefully analysed and clearly defined project requirements.

Peter has significant experience in Governance roles including Director of RDT Pacific Ltd, Chair of Board of Govenors Royal Port Nicholson Yacht Club, Director of Wellington Spirit Ltd, Trustee of Port Nicholson Yachting Trust and a Member of IRC Owners Association.

Peter has been involved in New Zealand yachting for 45 years, as an active sailor and club member. He progressed through P Class, Starlings, Laser, Phase 2 Flying Fifteen to Keelboats.

He has been actively involved in administration, management and governance roles within the sport, and has an active participation record which features nine different Yacht Clubs. Peter is widely respected for his sound judgment and integrity.

Areas of particular interest to Peter include Keelboat Racing, IRC & PHRF Handicaps, Classic Yachts, Increased participation and community engagement with Yachting, Yachting talent and skills development.

AGM Details
The 56th Annual General Meeting of Yachting New Zealand will be held on Saturday 2nd October at 1:30pm in Auckland. Venue: Yachting New Zealand, 85 Westhaven Drive, Westhaven, Auckland.