NZAIP Society Rules regarding membership

Objects

5.1 The objects of the Association are as follows:

5.1.1 Provide a forum for Wellington immigration advisers and immigration lawyers and other interested professionals to network and discuss matters in relation to immigration;

5.1.2 To create a professional and working relationship between:

a) Wellington immigration advisers, lawyers and other interested;
b) Relevant governmental organisations and administrative bodies
(including Immigration New Zealand); and
c) Relevant community groups;

5.1.3 To provide local professional development opportunities through the sharing of immigration-related knowledge;

5.1.4 To discuss, develop and represent possible solutions or policy proposals to the relevant governmental organisations that are aimed at addressing immigration-related issues;

5.1.5 To represent members for any discussions with the Immigration Advisers’ Authority, Immigration New Zealand, the New Zealand Law Society or other professional bodies (or indirectly feed suggestions to those bodies for any changes/improvements that are required);

5.1.6 To facilitate social contact amongst Members;

5.1.7 To work for and promote the establishment of associations with similar objects throughout New Zealand.

5.1.8 To affiliate with and maintain connections with national and international associations with similar objects;

5.1.9 To do all such things as are incidental or conducive to the attainment of the objects of the Association; and

5.1.10. Such other objects as the Association shall in a General Meeting from time to time decide.

5.2 Each of the objects 5.1.1 to 5.1.10. shall be equal to and independent of each other.

Membership

7.1 The Membership of the Association shall be comprised of Ordinary Members

7.2 The Committee may, with two-thirds majority vote. decide to create additional categories of membership as and when it sees fit.

7.3 An ordinary Member is any person interested in the purpose of the Association of Immigration Professionals who is located Of who carries on business in the lower North Island of New Zealand (south of Whangariui).

7.4 A person shall become an ordinary Member upon submitting an approved application form to the Committee and by remitting the required subscription in accordance with rule B.3.

7.5 Membership shall cease in the following circumstances:

7.5.1 An ordinary Member resigns by notice in writing. Notice shall take effect from the time of delivery; or

7.5.2 An ordinary Member’s annual dues which are outstanding by more than four months shall be deemedto have resigned as per rule 8.4; or

7.5.3 The Committee resolves by a two-thirds majority to terminate the Membership of a Member whose conduct brings. or is likely to bring, the organisation into disrepute or, in the opinion of the Committee, justifies that course, provided the process prescribed in rule 7.6 is followed; or

7.5.4 Where, in the opinion of the Committee, the Member’s conduct is not sufficient to warrant expulsion, the Committee may resolve by two-thirds majority to suspend that Member from Membership for any length of time the Committee thinks fit, provided the process prescribed in rule 7.6 is followed; or

7.5.5 A Member dies.

7.6 The following process shall be followed to terminate or suspend Membership:

7.6.1 Before a resolution under rule 7.5.3 or rule 7.5.4 is passed, the Member concerned shall receive at least 21 days’ notice and shall have the right to make a written submission and to give an oral submission not exceeding 15 minutes at the meeting at which the proposed resolution is considered;

7.6.2 A resolution under rule 7.5.3 or rule 7.5.4 shall not-take effect until 21 days after it is passed or, if the Member concerned appeals pursuant to rule 7.6.3, until the conclusion of the General Meeting at which the appeal is considered;

7.6.3 The Member concerned shall have a right of appeal to a General Meeting, provided he or she notifies the Committee that he or she appeals within 21 days of the resolution under rule 7.5.3 or rule 7.5.4 being passed, the day on which such notice is given shall, for the purposes of 7.6.4, be called the “notice day”;

7.6.4 An appeal under rule 7.6.3 shall be considered at the AGM, or, if the AGM will not be held within one month of the notice day, at a SGM called for that purpose held within one month of the notice day;

7.6.5 A majority of the Members present at that General Meeting may pass a resolution quashing the resolution made under rule 7.5.3 or rule 7.5.4; and

7.6.6 A Member whose Membership is suspended or terminated shall not be eligible for any refund of any subscription

Subscriptions

8.1 The subscription or subscriptions payable by ordinary Members shall be fixed by
the AGM.

8.2 The AGM may fix different subscriptions for different groups of ordinary Members. It shall be in the absolute discretion of the AGM to decide what constitutes a group of ordinary Members.

8.3 Subscriptions are payable from 1 March in each year and shall cover the period from 1 April in that year to 31 March in the next year.

8.4 A Member whose subscription is outstanding four months after the AGM shall be deemed to have resigned, unless the Committee in its sole discretion extends the time for payment. or waives payment In full or in part in cases of hardship.

8.5 In the event of a person joining the Association on or after 1 December in any year, the subscription payable by that Member for that year shall be one-half of the full year’s subscription that would otherwise apply to that Member.

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