Board and Life members announced; changes to rules and code of conduct

19.10.23 10:02 AM By WasteMINZ

Board members

Three Board members were announced at the WasteMINZ AGM last night. Congratulations to:

  • Dr Alec McNeil – Christchurch City Council
  • Chris Purchas – Tonkin + Taylor
  • Sandy Botterill – Foodstuffs NZ

They join the current three Board members – Parul Sood, Dave Bull and Paul Evans.

We would like to thank outgoing Board member Alice Grace, and our outgoing Board Chair, Wayne Plummer. Both Alice and Wayne have been driving forces for WasteMINZ, providing sound governance and advice to the WasteMINZ team, and we recognise their hard work and dedication to the sector.

New Life member

Congratulations to Darren Patterson, who was voted in as Life member at the AGM. Darren has had a long and active association with WasteMINZ spanning more than 20 years. He was one of our longest serving Board members, elected in 2008, then stepping down after 12 years in 2020. During that time, he held the position of Deputy Chair for four years and Chair for five years. Learn more about Darren’s achievements here.


Updated WasteMINZ Rules

Members voted to update clause 4.2 of the WasteMINZ Rules.  The amendments were proposed because the current Rules expose WasteMINZ to loss of actual and/or potential income and loss of members, as they enable members to resign from WasteMINZ, form a group that isn’t a legal entity, the group can then join WasteMINZ, and employees of the members who have resigned become contacts under the group.  The change ensures that entities which apply to be WasteMINZ members are legal entities and the contacts under their membership are their own employees, rather than representing a number of different companies under an overarching group. 

The change to Section 4.2 in the rules includes:

·  That any individual or incorporated entity will be eligible to apply to be a member of WasteMINZ.

·  Contacts under Business Memberships must be employees of the legal entity

·  Any individual, entity or group who is already a member of WasteMINZ as at 18 October 2023 will continue to qualify as a Member despite clause 4.2(i).


Updated Code of Conduct

Members also voted to update the WasteMINZ Code of Conduct. The Code of Conduct had not been reviewed since 2015, so the Board felt it appropriate to review and amend it. There were several minor changes, including the addition of three principles that we ask WasteMINZ members to adhere to:

  •  To refrain from making public statements that could damage WasteMINZ’s reputation.
  • To exercise care, diligence and skill when conducting any business on behalf of WasteMINZ.
  • To ensure confidential information that is obtained through participation in WasteMINZ steering committees or working groups is not released to other parties.


Annual report

The WasteMINZ Annual Report was also adopted at the AGM on Wednesday. You can read it here. 


AGM minutes

The full AGM minutes, with the updated WasteMINZ Rules and Code of Conduct, will be included in the next WasteMINZ Circular on 2 November.