Executive Council Resolutions

List of Executive Council Resolutions


Executive Council Resolution 1


To Supersede Memberships (passed 30 Jan 2011)

  • All current memberships are hereby superseded by 12 month memberships starting on the date the constitution came into effect, the 30th of January 2011
  • The Constitution will have authority over these memberships
  • Any member is permitted henceforth to retroactively resign their membership dating back to the time of the Constitution coming into effect.
    • This permission is nullified for any member who renews their membership or publicly accepts the Constitution.
    • Any member who joined between 30/01/2010 and 30/01/2011 who exercises this permission may claim a partial refund of their membership fee on a pro-rata basis assuming a 12 month expected term.


Executive Council Resolution 2


Permitting contestant withdrawal from the Botany by-election Candidate Selection (passed 1 Feb 2011)

  • The method used for Candidate Selection for the Botany by-election is clarified such that:
    • Any Contestant may request the Executive Council towithdraw them from the selection:
      • if his or her request is received before the declaration of the final result, OR
      • if the final result is one whichnecessitates another round of voting.
      • The contestant is not required, but may, provide a reason.
      • In the first case, and in the second case if thiswould negate the need for a second round of voting, the electoral method will be re-calculated from the beginning as though the contestant were not included in the vote.
      • In the second case, if re-calculating the vote would also require another round of voting, then the contestant is simply withdrawn from the following round of voting


Executive Council Special Resolution 3


Declaration concerning the Candidate Selection for the Botany by-election (passed 2 Feb 2011)

  • In accordance withArticle 6.2 of the Party Constitution, the Executive Council hereby declares that:
    • As a result of the Candidate Selection process described in:
      • Minutesfor PPNZ General meeting 23/01/2011 Actionable #4;
      • The forum and mailing list announcement stating that:

        A most preferred candidate will be calculated using the Schulze method.

        The most preferred candidate will then only become the PPNZ candidate in the Botany by-election if he has a preference in a majority of the valid votes. i.e. any vote which does not list a candidate is effectively supporting PPNZ not contesting the election if that candidate becomes the most preferred candidate.

      • and;

      • Executive Council Resolution 2,
    • Hussain Al-Saady is the successful contestant who shall be nominated as a PPNZ candidate in the Botany by-election;
    • the financial members of the Party have had a reasonable opportunity to participate in the Candidate Selection process; and
    • Hussain Al-Saady is eligible to stand as a candidate under NZ electoral law.
  • The final results were initially as follows:
    • There were 4 votes, all were valid.
      • The two candidates have equal preference
        • 2 preferred Al-Saady over Zeng
        • 2 preferred Zeng over Al-Saady
        • Vote was tied for preferred contestant
      • Total preferences of any value
        • 3 required for thepreferred contestant to become the candidate, there were:
        • 4 for Al-Saady, and
        • 2 for Zeng
    • The result was thus a tie betweenAl-Saady and Zeng
  • The final results after the withdrawal of Zeng are as follows:
    • There were 4 votes, all were valid.
      • Al-Saady is thepreferred contestant by default.
      • Total preferences of any value
        • 3 required for the preferred contestant to become the candidate.
        • There were 4preferences of any value for Al-Saady.
    • The result is thus that Al-Saady has been elected as the candidate.


Executive Council Special Resolution 4


To appoint Tommy as Interim President (passed 6 Mar 2011)

  • To appoint Tommy Fergusson as the interim president, following section 4, clause 4 of the Constitution, effective 6 March 2011.
    • Jason Schwarzenberger stepped down as the president on January 8, 2011. Peter Ajamian, who is the vice president, has been acting as the president.
    • The clause calls for a two-thirds majority vote of the Executive Council for the appointment, and this was achieved – see minutes for detail.
    • This Resolution empowers Tommy to be the interim president. The clause calls for an election, to be held as soon as possible, that party members elect a Member to fill the position. This election shall be held at the next meeting.


Executive Council Special Resolution 5


To adopt the Statutes and Rules of Procedure of Pirate Parties International in anticipation of ordinary membership (passed 11 Mar 2011)

  • The Pirate Party of New Zealand approves the Statutes of Pirate Parties International as passed by the international Pirate Conference in Brussels from 16th-18th of April 2010.
  • The Pirate Party of New Zealand approves the Rules of Procedure of Pirate Parties International as they stand since they were changed on 28th September 2010.
  • The named PPI co-ordinator and PPI General Assembly conference delegate, Noel Zeng, has the authority to represent this approval by any means recognized by Pirate Parties International.


Executive Council Proposed Resolution 6 (Withdrawn)


To create a committee for the organization of a protest against the Copyright (infringing file sharing) Amendment Act 2011 (not passed & withdrawn)

  • A new subordinate body of the Party is hereby created.
  • The new body is called the Blackout Protest Committee.
  • The scope of the Blackout Protest Committee is to organize of a protest against the Copyright (infringing file sharing) Amendment Act 2011.
  • The Blackout Protest Committee initially consists of the following Committee Members:
    • XXXXX (“Qu4Z”)
    • XXXXX (“Abraham”)
    • Noel Zeng (“inkybutton”)
    • XXXXX (“David”)
    • XXXXX (“kiwipeso”)
    • XXXXX (“Ubergeek”)
  • The Blackout Protest Committee will initially be chaired by Qu4Z.
  • Motions of the Blackout Protest Committee may be made by a simple majority of responding Committee Members, so long as at least 3 Committee Members are in favour.
    • Motions may be made via email or in a meeting of the committee.
  • Committee Members may be added or removed by a Committee Motion moved by the chair.
  • A new Chair may be appointed by either the current Chair or by Committee Motion, so long as the new Chair consents.
  • The Blackout Protest Committee shall be dissolved by either a motion of the Committee or by agreement of a majority of the Executive Council.


Executive Council Resolution 7


To Accept the Auckland Chapter. (passed 18 May 2011)

  • The Auckland Chapter Committee is accepted as a subordinate body of the Pirate Party of New Zealand
    • The Auckland Chapter Committee is accepted as being subordinate to the Chapter Constitution (link)
    • The Executive Council Representatives from the Auckland Chapter Councils is invited to attend all executive meetings, and be privy to all communications between the Executive Council as a group (i.e. not between individual members of the Executive Council)
  • The (vacant) Executive Council office of “PPAk/YPNZ President” is abolished


Executive Council Resolution 8


To change the name of the Executive Council office “Media Spokesperson” to “Media Adviser”. (passed 18 August 2011)

  • The Executive Council officer position Media Spokesperson is now called “Media Adviser”
  • The scope of this position is now:
    • to advise the board and subordinate bodies of the Party on issues relating to media, and;
    • to organize the provision of PPNZ media for the board and for subordinate bodies of the Party.


Executive Council Special Resolution 9


To appoint Mark Brown as Interim Secretary (passed 23 Oct 2011)

  • Current Secretary Noel Zeng is anticipated to become a Candidate in the 2011 General Election from 24 October 2011. Mark Brown, who is the Undersecretary, has been performing duties of the Secretary, and has signed a confidentiality agreement.
  • The clause calls for a two-thirds majority vote of the Executive Council for the appointment.
  • This Resolution empowers Mark Brown to be the interim Secretary. The clause calls for an election, to be held as soon as possible, in which party members elect a Member to fill the position. This election shall be held at the next general meeting.


Executive Council Special Resolution 10


To extend initial memberships until May 1 2012 (passed 25 Jan 2012)

  • The term of membership for any member is subject to Clause 5.4.2 of the Party Constitution.
    • ” The Executive Council may, upon unanimous agreement, suspend or void, or extend by up to 6 months, the membership of any member.”
  • The memberships subject to this Resolution are all those signed before May 1 2011. (i.e. ones due to expire before May 1 2012).
    • This includes executive council members and other committee members, as well as members with no special responsibilities.
  • The Executive Council hereby extends these memberships until May 1 2012.
  • The purpose of this Resolution is to allow time for the development of a simpler membership renewal system.


Executive Council Resolution 11


To allow appointment of local Pirate Party agents. (passed 18 June 2012)

  • Pirate Party Agents shall be the following people:
    • All Executive Council Representatives of recognized Pirate Party Chapters, once elected or appointed as such, where they have signed an appropriate confidentiality agreement;
    • Any volunteer who has signed an appropriate confidentiality agreement, who is appointed as an agent for a particular area by an Executive Council Member in writing, and has accepted this role in writing to the Executive Council.
  • Pirate Party Agents are hereby authorized to:
    • Accept membership applications on behalf of the Pirate Party;
    • Accept payments on behalf of the Pirate Party;
    • Sign legal documents on behalf of the Pirate Party, where the document concerns only the Pirate Party and individual members or volunteers of the Pirate Party or Pirate Party Chapters.
      • This includes confidentiality agreements for Pirate Party volunteers.
  • Pirate Party Agents are required to:
    • Inform the Executive Council via appropriate channels within a week of all of the above actions they perform on behalf of the Pirate Party;
    • Transfer the proceeds of payments accepted on behalf of the Party into appropriate accounts either:
      • before, or within a week after the amount held exceeds $100, or
      • as per any particular arrangements made with the Pirate Party Treasurer.


Executive Council Special Resolution 12


(passed 7 January 2013)

  • The board will recognize Bruce’s (zcat) decision to step down as secretary. No ill will is expressed by the board or the party and we wish him the best.
  • The position of secretary will be taken by Camille Cowley (starfire), and she will vacate the position of treasurer to fulfil this.
  • The position of treasurer will be taken by Andrew McPherson.

Editor’s Comment: Under Article 4.2.4 of the Constitution, these are interim appointments and elections for these positions shall be held soon.


Executive Council Special Resolution 14


To appoint Kirk Twist and Tommy Fergusson as Interim President, and Secretary (passed 26 May 2013)

  • In accordance with section 4, clause 4 of the Constitution:
    • Kirk Twist is hereby appointed Interim President, replacing Daniel Bertinshaw who is leaving,
    • Daniel Bertinshaw has agreed to stand as Interim Vice President, replacing Kirk Twist until a replacement is nominated so that he may leave the party,
    • Tommy Fergusson is hereby appointed Interim Secretary, replacing Camille Cowley who is leaving the party.
  • The clause calls for an election, to be held as soon as possible, in which party members elect a Member to fill these positions. This election shall be held at the next general meeting.