Women on Boards joins Governance New Zealand Inc.

Women on Boards New Zealand has recently been incorporated as a division of Governance New Zealand. This association is viewed as an exciting and obvious fit for both organisations, which can only serve to enhance the promotion and advancement in supporting gender diversity in the governance space and on both sides of the Board table. 

Governance New Zealand wholeheartedly supports the view that the future of gender diversity in the boardroom starts with preparing the next generation of leaders by providing tools and empowerment through education to assist in achieving governance career goals.

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You can join Women on Boards as a full financial member or opt to go on the mailing list.

  • Join the Women on Boards mailing list to be advised of upcoming events focused on diversity matters and other governance-related topics
  • Become a full financial member of Women on Boards for $250 (GST incl.) pa, which includes Affiliate membership of Governance New Zealand

Visit the Women on Boards page of the Governance New Zealand website for more details on joining Women on Boards and to view details of upcoming events.

Women on Boards is now administered by Governance New Zealand Inc.

Governance New Zealand Inc.
Level 2, 44 Anzac Avenue, Auckland 1010
PO Box 444, Shortland Street, Auckland 1140

P: +64(9) 377 0130, 0800 242 669
F: +64(9) 366 3979
E: info@governancenz.org
W: www.governancenz.org



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.

Results of voting on the Special Resolution proposing a merger with Governance  New Zealand

13th June, 2015.

There has been enthusiastic support of the proposed merger with Governance New Zealand by the members of Women on Boards Inc. Of the current 31 financial members, 29 members returned their voting paper and overwhelmingly endorsed the merger.  This is a 93.5% vote of approval, more than meeting the constitutional requirement that 75% of the financial members voting by special resolution approve any proposed merger with another organisation.

I am accordingly going ahead with informing the board of Governance New Zealand of the successful outcome of the vote and will be working with Linda Noble, CEO of Governance New Zealand to effect the merger in the first weeks of July.  Once the necessary documentation is signed and registered with the relevant authorities, and the members database and other intellectual property and assets have been formally handed to GNZ,  WOB members will be contacted by GNZ and formally welcomed as an Affiliate member of the organisation.  In the interim WOB members are most welcome to attend any GNZ branch meetings as a guest and need only to get in touch with the committee of the branch in your area to arrange this or the executive office.   GNZ contact details

We look forward to growing the presence of women on the boards of New Zealand, nurturing our governance and leadership skills while developing the next generation of leaders through GNZ.  The active help and involvement  of WOB members will be called upon to assist in achieving these goals.  I  thank all WOB members for their support in transitioning the organisation.

Dr Rosanne Hawarden
Acting Chairperson 

Proposed Merger with Governance New Zealand

15 May, 2015.

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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