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The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 70

Constitution of the New Zealand Educational Institute

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Constitution of the New Zealand Educational Institute.

1.That the New Zealand Educational Institute shall consist of the following District Institutes:—Auckland, Wellington, Wanganui, Nelson, North Canterbury, South Canterbury, Canterbury Midland, Otago, Southland, Waikato, Taranaki, Marlborough, and such others as may hereafter be admitted.
2.That the object of the Institute shall be to promote the interests of education in the Colony of .New Zealand.
3.That there shall be a Council of the Institute consisting of its officers and of representatives of the constituent District Institutes.
4.That the officers of the Council shall be a President, a Secretary, and a Treasurer; that they shall be elected by the Council from the members of the Institute, towards the close of the annual meeting; that they shall retire annually, but shall be eligible for re-election;. that the Secretary be a paid officer, and that the President, Secretary, and Treasurer of the Council shall be ex officio President, Secretary, and Treasurer of the Institute, and when acting in the name of the Institute shall so designate themselves.
5.That the functions of the Council shall be to promote the establishment of District Institutes where not already existing, and to admit them into the Institute; to promote harmony and activity in the Institute; and to speak and act for and in the name of the Institute.
6.That a Committee of three members of the Institute be elected by the Council, which Committee together with the officers shall form the Executive.page 14
7.That the Executive shall have power to act for the Council during the recess, under instructions from the Committees of Management of District Institutes, and in giving such instructions, each Committee of Management shall have a vote for each representative it is entitled to send to the Council.
8.That no District Institute shall bring before the Minister of Education or the Education Department any matter affecting the teachers of the Colony as a whole, except through the Executive of the New Zealand Educational Institute.
9.That a general meeting of the Institute may be convened by the Council, and arrangements made for the conduct of business at the request of a majority of the Committee of Management of District Institutes, voting as by Regulation 7.
10.That the Council shall meet annually during the Christmas vacation, at the chief centres of population, as named from year to year by the Council, and that only officers of the Council and representatives of District Institutes shall take part in its proceedings.
11.That each District Institute shall be entitled to send one representative to the Council for the first twenty members who have paid their annual subscription; two representatives for the first forty members; three representatives for seventy members; four representatives for one hundred members; and one for each additional forty members.
12.A quorum shall consist of one-half of the members of the Council, and in such quorum there shall be at least one of the officers of the Council,
13.That a fund to be called the "Legal Assistance Fund" be formed and maintained for the purpose of providing legal assistance for teachers who are members or the Institute, and that such contributions be paid to the Treasurers of the Branch Institutes, and by them transmitted to the Treasurer of the Institute not later than the first day of December of each year. Contributions to such fund shall be voluntary, and shall be administered by the Council for the benefit of those contributing.
14.That notice of business shall be given to the Secretary of the Council through Committees of Management of District Institutes, in time to enable him to communicate it to the editors of the New Zealand Educational papers at least two months before the meeting of the Council, and that no other business shall be brought before the Council without permission of the Council formally obtained.
15.That it shall be the duty of Secretaries of District Institutes to supply the Secretary of the Council with copies of the regulations of their Institutes, and of alterations which from time to time are made in them, with copies of their annual reports, and with abstracts of the page 15 proceedings of annual meetings of their Institutes; it shall be the duty of the Treasurers of District Institutes to supply the Treasurer of the Council with their annual balance-sheets, and lists of bona fide members of their Institutes; and it shall be the duty of the Council to prepare an annual report of its proceedings, append it to an abstract of District Institute reports, and circulate it throughout the Institute.
16.That each District Institute shall pay annually to the Treasurer of the Council, not later than the first day of December, the sum of two shillings for each of its members.
17.Any of the foregoing clauses may be amended by the Council at its annual meeting, provided that notice has been given three months previously to the District Institutes that such clause would be under consideration.