11.1 The National Executive shall consist of up to thirteen members, as follows:
- the National President
- the National Vice-President
- the immediate past National President,
- eight regional representatives, and
- two Māori representatives
11.2 The immediate past National President position shall be held by the outgoing National President for not more than one three-year term.
11.3 If the immediate past National President position becomes vacant for any reason, it shall remain vacant until the incumbent National President stands down at the end of their normal three-year term and is replaced by another National President, at which time he or she shall become the immediate past National President.
11.4 The boundaries of the regions or electorates established for the purpose of electing the members of the National Executive shall be decided and may be amended from time to time by an annual or special conference, on the recommendation of the National Executive.
11.5 The eight regional representatives shall be elected from their regions on the following basis:
Two members from REGION 1 being the members employed within the boundaries of the Northland, Waitemata, Auckland and Counties-Manukau district health boards;
Two members from REGION 2 being the members employed within the boundaries of the Waikato, Bay of Plenty, Lakes and Taranaki district health boards;
Two members from REGION 3 being the members employed within the boundaries of the Tairawhiti, Hawkes Bay, Whanganui, MidCentral, Wairarapa, Hutt Valley, and Capital & Coast district health boards;
Two members from REGION 4 being the members employed within the boundaries of the Nelson-Marlborough, West Coast, Canterbury, South Canterbury and Southern district health boards.
11.6 Two Māori representatives will be elected by those members who are recorded as Māori members in the register of members.
11.7 Election of National Executive
(a) National Executive elections shall be held in accordance with Rules 11 and 23 of this Constitution.
(b) At its first meeting, a new National Executive shall elect one of the regional representatives to serve as the Association’s National Secretary for the term of that National Executive.
(c) A member may simultaneously seek election as a regional representative and as either the National President or the Vice President. If they are elected to both positions they shall take up the national officer’s position and the region’s next highest polling candidate shall be deemed elected to fill the regional representative’s position.
11.8 Powers of National Executive
(a) Between Annual or Special Conferences of the Association, the National Executive shall be responsible for the governance of the Association according to law, this constitution and the policies and decisions of the Association and shall:
(i) appoint the Executive Director, who shall be responsible for the appointment and management of staff and contractors and for management of the business of the Association;
The National Executive may also
(ii) appoint subcommittees to exercise those of its powers which it may reasonably and lawfully delegate;
(b) The National Executive shall be responsible for ensuring the Association’s financial affairs, including its bank accounts and investments are conducted and managed in accordance with current accounting practices and New Zealand’s statutory requirements.