October Newsletter 2020

SAVE THE DATE! Comms Connect New Zealand 2021

12-13 May 2021    |    Lower Hutt Events Centre       |       Wellington
Comms Connect and RFUANZ are happy to announce the 2021 Conference & Gala Dinner dates have been secured. After a challenging year for all, we are excited to work towards hosting you all in Wellington next year. More information to follow in due course.

RFUANZ Committee

At our meeting in September, the RFUANZ committee agreed to send newsletters, bi monthly.
There will not be a newsletter in November, therefore, it is important to note in this issue the date of the annual general meeting at which we intended to amend the Rules.

Details to the change of Rules is listed below, however until this has been adopted at the AGM, I am required to send out in hard copy, an agenda, nomination form for committee and proxy voting form.
I urge you to attend the meeting, via Zoom if possible, alternatively please complete the proxy form when received, and return to me.

We have had one vacancy on the RFUANZ committee for a number of months, with a further two members standing down at the upcoming meeting. Therefore again, I urge you to please complete a nomination form if you know of someone within your company who would be interested in joining the committee.

Any costs incurred by the member, to belong to the committee, will be covered by RFUANZ, including a per meeting attendance rate, paid at the end of the twelve-month term. The committee meets once per month, via Zoom, for approximately 1-2 hours.

Details for the meeting are as follows:

AGM Date/Time

The RFUANZ AGM will be held via ZOOM at 4pm on the 11th November 2020. You are all invited to attend this meeting. We require a minimum representation of at least as we have a change to our Rules that needs to be adopted at the AGM.

To register your interest in attending the Annual General Meeting via zoom please email us by the 4th of November. You will then be sent an invitation to join the meeting on the 11th of November.

Alteration to RFUANZ Rules/Proxy Votes

As per Clause 15.5 – Alteration of Rules

15.5     These Rules may be changed by a special resolution of a meeting of Members at which at least 30% of the members are present. 

This means, we need to ensure at least 30 members are present, or have submitted a proxy voting form, in order to adopt the change to our Rules


Remit to be tabled

That the current Rule 19.1: Definitions and Interpretations, be amended as follows to include postal voting:

‘Post” or “Postal”    can include” Electronically” in all instances where written notice either, of an annual general meeting, ballot vote or termination of membership appears in these Rules.

Explanation: This year during the Covid-19 Pandemic, we have been unable to hold our annual general meeting, nor gather in numbers for any occasion. In today’s technological world, we have been able to continue with work as usual, using Zoom and webinar meetings. A move to adopt any posted items electronically will enhance this further, with a much better, faster and more economical form of communication. 

Proxy voting forms - Included with the AGM papers to be mailed out early next month, will be a proxy form that we request you complete and return your vote regarding this Rule change.

Nomination Forms – Also with the AGM papers will be a nomination form that needs to be completed and returned to me, should you have someone able to be a representative on the RFUANZ committee.

For more information, please contact either myself or Candice, admin@rfuanz.org.nz, or post to PO Box 40 525 Upper Hutt 5140.

Kind Regards,
Debby Morgan
RFUANZ Secretary/Administrator


Comms Connect Virtual Conference

The inaugural Comms Connect Virtual Conference series brings a high-quality program focused on practical outcomes, applications and case studies, delivered by leading industry experts from across the region.

Each Thursday in November between 10:00am and midday (AEST), a series of online presentations will be delivered, followed by an interactive Q+A panel session. The sessions will be chaired by Chris Stevens, a highly respected public safety communications expert. 

Click here for more info & to register.


DOC Concessions

RFUANZ has had a couple of members mention that the DOC concession process and interpretation by DOC seems to differ from region to region which can greatly affect concession charges to the applicant. RFUANZ would like member feedback on the current DOC concession process. In particular would members like RFUANZ to work with DOC to clarify and tidy up DOC concessions for our members?

Please let us know any issues that you have had with DOC concessions to date, and any areas that you would like addressed. The rural broadband industry are able to have their first three years of concessions waived under the RBI initiative, RFUANZ would like to see what DOC would be willing to do for our members with new concession applications.

We look forward to your feedback.

Kind Regards,
Corey Weir