WIFT NZ Board Nominations

Posted Monday 19 Aug 2013

Nominations for positions on the WIFT NZ Board for the 2013/2014 year are now open, with a closing date of 12 September for nomination forms to be received in the WIFT office.  As a membership organisation, governance should be of interest to all our members.  We would encourage you therefore to engage with the process and think about who you would like to lead you at Board level over the coming year.

Current sitting members are all eligible for re-election if they wish to put themselves forward and most are.

The Board nomination form is attached here and when completed can be scanned and sent via email to office@wiftnz.org.nz or posted to

PO Box 90 415, Auckland 1142.

Please note the following:
- only full WIFT NZ members are eligible to vote for and/or take up a Board position
- Auckland members can nominate for the general positions of President and General Board Member, and for 2 x Auckland Region positions only
- Wellington members can nominate for the general positions of President and General Board Member, and for 2 x Wellington Region positions only
- South Island members can nominate for the general positions of President and General Board Member, and for 1 x South Island Region position only

All nominations must be signed by a nominator and seconder, as well as by the nominee.  Nominees can nominate themselves and simply require a seconder's signature.

All nominations must be accompanied by a short statement (of no longer than 300 words) setting out the credentials and objectives of the nominee for the Board.

The role of a Board member is to lead the organisation through setting of strategic policy, ensuring financial viability and supporting the National Managerto manage the operations of the organisation.  Board members are required to attend six board meetings (generally by phone if outside the meeting centre but in person on at least two occasions during the year), unless extraordinary circumstances do not allow and the President/Office must be advised of thesein advance.  They may also be required to represent the organisation publically and to assist operational delivery, policy work and other matters from time to time.

The timeframe for the election process is as follows:
15th August                         Nominations Open
12th September                 Closing date for nominations
17th September                 Voting Papers Issued (if necessary)

9th October                         Voting Closed
10th October                       2013-14 Board confirmed and AGM convened.

If you have any queries, don't hesitate to contact Patricia Watson at the WIFT office.

WIFT NZ| PO Box 90 415, Auckland 1142

Unit C5, Level 1, 1 Beresford Sq , Auckland 1010

P +64 (0)9 373 4071 E patricia@wiftnz.org.nz



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WIFT member wins at Japanese Fim Festival

Posted Monday 19 Aug 2013


Seventeen year old WIFT member Natasha Bishop, the youngest film-maker ever to have a film selected at the Japan Wildlife Film Festival (JWFF), is celebrating after winning two awards at the festival.

Her short film Arboraceous won the Best Newcomer and Best Animation awards at a gala awards ceremony in Toyama, Japan, this evening.

"I'm really amazed and honoured to win these awards." said Natasha, who is at the festival representing her film. "It's been an awesome experience to be at JWFF and to see my film screen with all these great films from around the world. To be given these awards just makes it even more special."

The biennial festival is the most prestigious of its kind in the Asia Pacific region. This year it selected just 43 films to screen in competition, with Arboraceous up against films made by the BBC, NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corporation) and other international broadcasting giants.

Arboraceous is entirely written, directed and animated by Natasha and she also composed and performed the film's music.

Created when she was just sixteen, Arboraceous was made for New Zealand's The Outlook for Someday sustainability film challenge for young people in 2012. It won the Department of Conservation Big Picture Award and was also honoured as The Body Shop Standout Winner.

Over the three days of the JWFF, Natasha and David Jacobs, director of The Outlook for Someday, ran three seminars for festival audiences and Japanese media.

"Arboraceous is a film that shows how our connections - to nature and to each other - are the key to sustainability. What better place for the film to be recognised than at an international festival that celebrates nature and conservation."

Watch Arboraceous: