Unifying PNZ

Change Programme

PNZ Change Programme

PNZ Change – A Message From Kim

Hi all,

The good news since my last update is that our wonderful accountant Bridget is back on board and is happily working her way through the draft budgets and business plans that are streaming in (I know ‘happily’ is an odd word to for such a task, but she is an accountant, after all…). This means we’ve been able to get back on track with progress and I might have a chance to grow some hair back!

In terms of that progress, five ToR documents and business plans/budgets have now been formally signed off by our Executive, with a further nine waiting in the wings for the next round. And if all goes well, we may have as many as 19 groups (83%) taking the vote to unify by the end of the year (and congratulations to Middle Districts on being the latest group across the voting line!). This is fantastic progress and is testament to the hard work and dedication of all your committees, who have put so much time and effort into working through these steps, despite the many commitments they’ve faced over the last few months. I continue to be amazed by their passion and dedication and take my hat off to them all.

In other news, this will sadly be my last update on the change programme.

Although my contract was set to run until November, I’ve been offered a permanent position in my new home town of Whanganui. As such, I’ll be finishing a month earlier than planned, with this being my last week.

I’ll still be available to call or email up until 5pm this coming Friday (27th September) and after that, you’ll be in the very capable, knowledgeable and supportive hands of Bridget (Bridget.Ng-wai@physiotherapy.org.nz) and Sandra (Sandra.Kirby@physiotherapy.org.nz) and the rest of the team in Wellington (04 801 6500).  PNZ will be appointing someone to maintain contact with Branch and SIG Committees so we can keep up this terrific momentum.  Watch this space.

Anyone who’s familiar with life in provincial New Zealand will appreciate that when a decent job comes up, you grab it by the horns; and whilst I won’t necessarily miss the early morning commute to Wellington each week, I will certainly miss Wellington itself and the wonderful team at the PNZ office. But life is all about change and constantly moving forward – not only for me, in my move to a rural landscape; but for you all, in your move towards unification.

I was challenged to write a haiku about change a while back and came up with the following as my first attempt, which I feel is even more fitting now:

A thing that stands still

Will fade into its landscape;

Forget how to move.

You all know the importance of ‘movement for life’ and that the moment you stop using parts of your body, you not only lose strength and function, but also a sense of purpose, joy and fulfillment.

So my parting message is that I hope you keep moving forward as a united profession; and use this period of change to really examine how you can best use your shared skills, experience and drive to change the health landscape, improve the lives of New Zealanders and keep feeding that sense of purpose, joy and fulfillment that comes from doing what you know you do best.

Kia tupato, kia ora, kia kaha


Kim’s current view:            

Kim's future view:

The Unified PNZ Consititution (PNZ Rules)

Refer to the current PNZ Rules here – voted for by PNZ members and commenced following the 2018 PNZ AGM on September 14. The Rules allow for a transitional period up to 2021 for Branches and SIGs to transition into a unified PNZ.

PNZ Change Programme - The Background

The transition towards all of PNZ operating as a unified organisation continues, following the member vote to operate under new Rules announced at the September 2018 Annual General Meeting. This means the PNZ Executive remains committed to the Change Programme and this is a key priority for the PNZ Office up to 2021. The overarching purpose of the Change Programme remains, to allow all of PNZ to better service its members and the profession as a whole. This includes raising the profile of the profession and improving systems for the many volunteers who help deliver services to members.Branches and SIGs remain highly important. Members will continue to engage with these groups as they do now, attending events and receiving information. The first impact to members of operating as one organisation is likely to be an alignment of our systems – starting with finances and a united financial year.There will now be a staggered process with Branches and SIGs transitioning to the Rules and operating model with agreed Terms of Reference, either at the end of their financial year or another mutually agreed time. PNZ Office will work with Branch and SIG leaders to agree Terms of Reference and specific transition dates.

February 2018A change programme co-design workshop involving representatives from across PNZ was held in February. This resulted in PNZ Co-Design Key Messages explaining the blueprint for the future that workshop attendees designed together.

June 2018PNZ members received a copy of the Proposed PNZ Constitution by email in June. A summary of member feedback, with answers and subsequent amendments, is here.

July 2018. A final version of the proposed PNZ Constitution was written, for the member vote to decide whether or not PNZ will transition to a unified organisation. Voting then occurred by electronic vote.

August 2018The member vote was taken, with results announced at the 14 September PNZ Annual General Meeting in Dunedin.

September 2018From 14 September 2018 PNZ operates under the current Rules. PNZ Branches and SIGs will transition into the Rules, either at the end of their financial year or another mutually agreed time.

November 2018Business Planning Template was made available, to help with Branch and SIG planning.

December 2018. Terms of Reference templates are now available for Branches and SIGs. Kim Eland also joins our team as the PNZ Change Programme Project Manager, starting on 7 January. Kim will be in touch with representatives of all Branches and SIGs in the New Year.

Frequently Asked Questions

Thank you to everyone who has contributed to the change programme journey so far. Change Programme FAQs, with answers to member questions are available here.

Documents for Download

Page updated 23 September 2019