About Women on Boards New Zealand

We are a New Zealand based organisation established to promote greater gender diversity at the C-suite and board level, dedicated to preparing and empowering  the next generation of women in leadership and governance.

The Way Forward

- Proposed Merger with Governance  New Zealand

After recent consultation with members asking for input on the way forward, and in particular the option of merging with another governance organisation, all the members who contacted us responded very positively that they wished for the organisation to continue even if under a different structure.

Many members are very interested in partnering with an organisation where professional and business women in New Zealand can advance their careers in governance, whether it be at Board or Executive level.

After extensive discussions we are now in a position to disclose that the organisation involved is Governance New Zealand Inc, previously known as Chartered Secretaries NZ Inc.   Governance New Zealand is an international organisation with nine Divisions across the globe and representation in over 70 countries.  It represents the corporate conscience for Boards in New Zealand with its sole focus being the provision and support of leadership in the areas of governance and risk management. Governance New Zealand offers membership at a number of different levels and a portable qualification that is internationally recognised.

 The Board of Governance New Zealand has signed off on a proposal to incorporate Women on Boards Inc into its organisation, subject to approval by the Women on Boards members voting at a Special Meeting. 

 If you wish to be part of the decision making process and benefit from the membership offer from Governance New Zealand, you will need to be a financial member of Women on Boards and have provided a postal address for voting purposes.  For more information on the process see the Women on Boards Articles of Incorporation.

 Financial membership will not only provide you with current membership of Women on Boards, but will also automatically transfer you to Affiliate Membership of Governance New Zealand should the merger go ahead.

 Membership Offer

Governance New Zealand offers to:

  • promote the Women on Boards brand via the Governance New Zealand website and in relevant marketing collateral produced from time to time.
  • provide professional support related to topical gender diversity issues through events held in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch.
  • hold a biennial Diversity Summit and Women in Governance Awards event, the first of which is to be held in March 2016.

Benefits to you as a financial member of Women on Boards will be:

  • Affiliate Membership of Governance New Zealand effective from the date of merger until 31 July 2016 (represents a value in excess of $250).
  • attendance at the National Governance Conference at member rates.
  • access to information and governance resources.
  • association with a professional body with a strong advocacy role.

 Financial Membership of Women on Boards

 Please download the renewal invoice for membership fees from 1 April 2015 to 31 March 2016 for $100.  WOB 2015 Membership renewal

 On receipt of your membership fee, we will forward to you a copy of the proposed agreement with Governance New Zealand and you will have until 30 April 2015 to comment on it. 

 Process Going Forward

The final agreement between both organisations and the special resolution that requires a postal vote to wind up Women on Boards Inc will be mailed to you by 15 May to be returned by 31 May 2015.  If the vote is in favour of the merger, this will take effect on 1 July 2015.  All assets owned by Women on Boards Inc. will be transferred to Governance New Zealand Inc., including the current membership fees paid, as part of the merger process.

This is an exciting opportunity to join a dynamic governance organisation committed to advocating gender diversity in New Zealand that will not only support you in your career but also offer a path to Associate Membership of an international organisation and the Chartered Secretary qualification.


We urge you to seriously consider this offer and vote in favour of amalgamation with Governance New Zealand.


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