Trust introduces term limits following public support

Rotorua Energy Charitable Trust will introduce a three-term limit on trustee service from the next election, backing the results from a referendum which showed strong public support for capping the number of terms.


Trust chairman Stewart Edward says the idea of introducing limits had been debated by the Trust for many years, with at least two referendums held – the most recent at the 2016 election when 75 per cent of respondents indicated that there should be a maximum number of terms that trustees may serve.


Mr Edward says considerable research was carried out around the most appropriate length of term, with nine years widely regarded as the most appropriate figure, particularly for organisations with a three-year election cycle.


“We have listened to what the public said in the referendum and undertaken significant work to ensure the terms will allow us to continue to carry out the important job we have, making a better Rotorua for all.”


The nine-year term will apply whether the Trustee serves those concurrently, or over multiple elections.


Mr Edward says the new rules will come into effect from next year’s election, with all current and former trustees previous service excluded.


The Trust Deed will now be changed to reflect the new terms.


“The new nine-year limit will ensure new people and ideas come onto the Trust while enabling Trustees the chance to be elected for up to three terms, providing consistency and the real opportunity to make a difference.”


Mr Edward says the change to Trustee terms is part of significant work the Trust has done over the past 12 months looking at its strategic direction and concentrating its efforts on areas where it can make the most difference.


“This has seen the development of our strategic plan and a simple but effective kaupapa statement, a better Rotorua for all.”


Mr Edward says the Trust has also identified five key areas of focus – Health and the First 1,000 days, Education and Employment, Vibrancy, Energy and the Environment, and

Strengthening our Communities.


“These give the Trust renewed drive and clarity around the ways we can make the most impact for our community.”


Mr Edward says the Trust is in a strong position to continue to support the Rotorua community into the future.