To the NZ Marine Export Group Members,
Thank you to all who have RSVP’d to the AGM of Wednesday 29th Sept 2.30pm . We welcome all members and ask if you could please respond by accepting/declining your zoom meeting invite for Wednesday 29th September 2021 if you haven’t already done so. Please see zoom link here
We have received the following nominations for NZ Marine Export Group Executive Board members 2021/2022:
1. Nominated: Albear Montocchio – HamiltonJet NZ
2. Nominated: Clint Jones – Propspeed
3. Nominated: Gareth Hodson – ENL
4. Nominated: Glenn Orr – Lightning Marine
5. Nominated: Neven Barbour – Orams Marine
6. Nominated: Richard Thorpe – TNL Pindar
Along with the President of the NZ Marine Industry Association that makes 7 board members, and the rules allow for 9. This leaves 2 vacant board positions that can be nominated /elected at the AGM, Wednesday 29th September 2021 or otherwise the executive can fill during the year.
Please see below a copy of the agenda (financial accounts to the year end 30 June 2021 are now linked), Chairman Clint Jones’ report and report on export group activities for your information.
Dear NZ Marine Export Group Members,
This time last year I was voted at the AGM to the position of deputy Chair to Stuart Robinson, to help the board and industry that I care about in any way. As you all know Stuart stood down, after many years good service to the export group, due to covid restrictions making it imposable for his company to continue trading and I was asked to step up by the board.
In the following months we have been involved in a very positive moment in the history of the Marine Industry, The Marine Export group being the transfer vehicle to enable the forming of MAST, as a move forward in the training and future direction of skills building. MAST is focused and relevant to keep this industry at the forefront of the Boating Industry Worldwide, and the envy of many around the World. I would love to use the catch cry – We train Rocket Scientists, as our industry training has helped Rocket Lab put the first carbon fibre rockets into space. Something we should all be proud of.
On a personal side, the last twelve months have been fantastic to be involved in my non-day-job as skipper of Manu Wai, the Americas Cup camera boat, watching up close the pinnacle of so many things that are great in the NZ Marine industry – design, engineering, boat building and sailing skills, that all came together to retain The Cup. I am also recently back from the Olympics in Japan as skipper of Cambra to record Olympic sailing at its best, with not quite the script we were hoping for. That experience of vaccination, testing, travel, daily testing, and MIQ on return has given me some experience as an exporter of what is possible safely, and completely missing from our esteemed Governments approach to re uniting Kiwis and enabling Exporters to go a grab us some overseas funds.
Over the last 12 months, we have also looked to improve our social media and at least have come up with an option to support existing initiatives using the team at Live Sail Die to supply some band width and enhancements across NZ Marine social media.
In the past 12 months a clear pattern has emerged for me about the role of the NZ Marine Export Group deliver, and the very real question of what we can do for this diverse membership that is relevant and meaningful. When I look across that diverse range of members companies, products service and markets you deliver to, as an industry body I know our board have at times this year struggled with how we can deliver what is best for you? We tried a survey this year and got less than 20% response, so you are either extremely happy you are in good hands, or too busy or pissed off to tell us otherwise!
In the current covid climate, we also know as a board member that some companies have very full order books, and some are scratching around looking for work.
This report I held back writing as on Friday we held an urgent board meeting to address the 2022 Millennium Cup, the ongoing cost, and because of our slammed shut boarders the chance of getting more than the current 3 entries. It was felt that going ahead is a risk, but we have deferred the decision to 6th October.
A special outcome of Fridays meeting highlighted the tap being turned off for overseas vessels visiting NZ due to owners and crew not being able to join the yacht via the air border and the negative downstream work effects for many in our industry for not only Superyachts but cruising vessels. The number of reductions of visiting yachts for this summer is very scary.
The board have resolved to give Peter a mandate to deliver on a strategic plan to deliver a health driven solution using the advantage that self-contained visiting vessels could deliver, that will not add a cent to the NZ Governments costs and bring work and jobs to our sector.
As you will see from our accounts, we are in a healthy position to undertake some costs in providing this solution. A solution that will need to be supported by independent health sector professionals’ advice as we put a sensible and practical solution to the NZ Government for their approval.
As I said above, I challenge you as members, and the incoming board to question the relevance and direction of the NZ Marine Export Group, to deliver most what our industry needs for the next 12 months.
I would like to thank the board members for their work they have undertaken this year, and the passion they share for this industry.
- Albear Montocchio – HamiltonJet NZ
- Richard Thorpe – TNL Pindar
- Neven Barbour – Orams Marine
- Gareth Hodson – ENL
- Glenn Orr – Lightning Marine
- Garry Lock – NZ Marine Industry Association President
Export Group Activity Reports
Please see below links to reports on the export group activity over the past 12 months, outlining the details of the events/actions/initiatives.
- Report detailing activity
- Report outlining member benefit – direct and/or indirect from the activity
2. Proposed change to the rules:
The current wording in our rules, with regards to a quorum at a general meeting, is not very clear and as it stands our legal advice is that we currently need to have 50% of total membership present to form a quorum. The executive believe that this is not practical nor normal practise for an incorporated society and recommends a rule change to item 32.1 as follows –
Proposed new rule:
32.1 Only members shall be entitled to vote at any general meeting, and a member shall have one (1) vote or in the case of a firm or body corporate, by its representative. The chairperson shall accept at any general meeting a proxy on behalf of a member lodged at such meeting in writing signed by the member appointing a proxy. The quorum at any general meeting shall be ten (10) members present in person or online. If within half an hour of the time appointed for the commencement of the general meeting a quorum is not present, the meeting shall stand adjourned to a date within fourteen (14) days of such meeting and if at the adjourned meeting a quorum is not present, then the meeting shall lapse.
Only members shall be entitled to vote at any general meeting, and a member shall have one (1) vote to be exercised either personally or in the case of a firm or body corporate, by its representative provided that the chairperson shall accept at any general meeting a proxy on behalf of a member lodged at such meeting in writing signed by the member appointing a proxy. The quorum at any general meeting shall be fifty per cent (50%) of members present either personally or by their duly appointed representative. If within half an hour of the time appointed for the commencement of the general meeting a quorum is not present, the meeting shall stand adjourned to a date within fourteen (14) days of such meeting and if at the adjourned meeting a quorum is not present, then the meeting shall lapse.
3. Confirmation of the 2020 AGM 3rd September 2020 Minutes
4. Matters Arising from the 2020 AGM Minutes
5. Accountant’s Report including presentation of Annual Accounts for year ending 30th June 2021
6. Member’s acceptance of the annual accounts
7. Presentation of the NZ Marine Export Group Chairman’s Report
8. Election of Executive Board members