Our Rules dictate how Engineering New Zealand is run, from how the Board is comprised and elected, to how Branches are run and what is expected of members.

Many of our Rules were drafted some time ago and need modernizing. The intention is to modernise and streamline them, make them more usable by turning them into plain English, develop a clear and logical layout, and remove detail where it’s not needed. We don’t think there are any major things missing in our Rules but we could make some tweaks to ensure they support our day-to-day functioning. 


We’re taking this opportunity to ask members what else they would like to see changed.

What do our rules cover?

As an incorporated society, we are required by law to have a set of Rules. The rules set out how our society is run. 

The Incorporated Societies Act 1908 sets out certain things that our Rules must cover, including: 

  • Our objects 
  • How members join and leave 
  • How the Rules can be changed 
  • How meetings are summoned and held, including how voting is conducted 
  • The appointment of officers, and 
  • How our funds are controlled and invested. 

Our Rules cover other operational and governance matters, including how our branches and technical groups are set up, the Board’s powers and responsibilities, and what your rights and obligations are as members. 

The consultation process

Phase 1: February-March 

We started this process with a blank slate, inviting members to share their feedback on any aspect of the Rules. 

Phase 2: May-July 

Based on this input, the second round of consultation provides some alternative approaches to specific sections, and asks for feedback. 

You can provide feedback by filling in the consultation document offline and emailing it to hello@engineeringnz.org - or you can fill in the consultation document online using our survey.

Fill in the consultation document online 

Download the consultation document in Word format

Phase 3: July-October 

Using the feedback from Phase 2, the third round of consultation offers a draft set of Rules for members to comment on. 

A revised, final draft will be made available in February 2019 and voted on by members at the 2019 AGM in March. 

Have your say 

We welcome feedback from individual members during each stage of consultation, and are also proactively approaching branches, technical groups, young professionals, and those involved in our disciplinary procedures. 

You can make a submission at any point by emailing hello@engineeringnz.org with the subject “Rules consultation”. 

Read frequently asked questions about the Rules review.

Read our current Rules.