NZEI Te Riu Roa has procedures whereby it can recognise those members who have given distinguished or outstanding service to education and / or the Institute.
Members considered for recognition will have conducted themselves in ways that promote and maintain the dignity and welfare of the Institute, advanced the cause of education and reflected their responsibility to learners and the community.
This recognition takes the form of the award of Honours, which are considered by the Honours Committee and made on behalf of the Union by National Executive and then announced at Annual Meeting
- The closing date for recommendations for Honorary Fellow or Life Member is 30 April.
- The closing date for nominations for Associate or Fellow is 1 June.
- Nominations which are incorrect, incomplete or which do not include the necessary referee statements will not be considered by the Honours Committee.
When considering nominations or recommendations, regard should be given to:
- members who have rendered valuable service, in a variety of ways, at Branch, Aronui Tomua, Komiti Pasifika, Area Council and National level,
- members who have made an important contribution to the educational affairs of the Institute, even though they may not have been prominently identified with the work of their local Branch, Aronui Tomua, Komiti Pasifika or Area Council,
- members who have made an important contribution to the industrial activities of the Union
- women members, Maori, early childhood workers, support staff and those in their earlier years of service. In each of these categories, there are many outstanding persons who deserve to be recognised for their contribution.
Attainment of elected office does not, of itself, entitle a person to an award. The foremost qualification is that the nominee has met the criterion. Other factors may be of equal, or greater, importance in individual cases.
Timing of nominations or recommendations
Honorary Fellow or Life Membership
Recommendations for these honours may be submitted to National Executive any time between January and April each year. If National Executive so decide, nominations for these honours will then proceed to the Honours Committee for consideration and the outcomes of this are announced at Annual Meeting (usually late September each year).
Associate or Fellow
Nominations for these honours may be submitted at any time between January and June each calendar year. The Honours Committee undertake their considerations and the outcomes of this are announced at Annual Meeting (usually late September each year).
Requirements for nominations
The award of Associate acknowledges the work of nominees at worksite, local or area levels.
- Members nominated for Associate must have 10 years of provisional or full membership of the Institute or a kindred organisation (earlier in exceptional circumstances).
The award of Fellow is made for regional or national level work.
- As a general rule, members nominated for Fellow should have approximately 15 years of full membership of the Institute or a kindred organisation.
- Members nominated for Fellow must be an Associate or hold an ESPA or NZEI Special Service Award.
to be Followed by Branches, Aronui Tomua, Komiti Pasifika, Area Councils and National Executive Advisory Groups for Associate (Professional), Associate (Union Activism), Fellow (Professional) and Fellow (Union Activism).
Branches, Aronui Tomua, Komiti Pasifika and Area Councils are asked to acquaint themselves with the following procedures:
- Persons who were nominated unsuccessfully will not be considered again unless they are renominated.
- All nominations must be made on the official forms
- There is one nomination form and the form must be marked clearly identifying which Honour the nominee is being nominated for.
- The names of individuals nominated should not be published in any form (eg in a newspaper report of a meeting, newsletters etc.). Any discussion of nominations must, therefore, always be taken in committee. Some Branches, Aronui Tomua, Komiti Pasifika, Area Councils and National Executive Advisory Groups have set up a special committee to deal with suggestions from members and to make recommendations.
- Members who have been nominated for an Honour must not take part in considering the selection of those whose names are to be forwarded to the National Secretary.
- It is not necessary for nominees to be informed of their nomination or to complete any portion of the nomination form. If the nominee has not been informed of the nomination, the Branch, Aronui Tomua, Komiti Pasifika, Area Council or National Executive Advisory Group should nominate two referees.
- Neither of the referees can be the nominator, the member who moves the nomination, or a member of a committee set up by a Branch, Aronui Tomua, Komiti Pasifika, Area Council or National Executive Advisory Group to deal with nominations or a member of the Honours Committee. Cross refereeing is not allowed. (i.e. if A is the referee for B then B cannot be the referee for A).
- If the nominee is aware of the nomination, the nominee should be given the opportunity of recommending the name of one of the two referees to be nominated by the Branch, Aronui Tomua, Komiti Pasifika, or Area Council or National Executive Advisory Group. If the nominee does cite a referee, indicate by the referee’s name in Part E of the nomination form.
- It is essential that before selecting referees, the nominating Branch, Aronui Tomua, Komiti Pasifika, Area Council, National Executive Advisory Group or the nominee concerned, should ascertain that the referees nominated are prepared to act in this capacity and complete the detailed referee form required.
- Where the service requirement involves a kindred organisation, the length of service concerned and the name of the organisation should be included on the nomination form. The Honours Committee will determine whether this meets the requirements for the particular Honour.
Requirements for Honorary Fellow or Life Membership
This award of Honorary Fellow is made to those generally acknowledged as being worthy of this high honour and who do not otherwise qualify for the award of Fellow.
The nominee must have demonstrated:
- eminence in their field of education, a kindred discipline or the union movement nationally or internationally
- significant service to education and the well-being of learners
- support for the Institute’s objects, goals and activities, in principle
The nominee must be a Fellow or Honorary Fellow.
The nominee must have demonstrated;
- distinguished service in the cause of members and education
- service which has been nationwide and outstanding in nature
Recommendations Procedures for Life Membership and Honorary Fellow
- Branches, Aronui Tomua, Komiti Pasifika and Area Councils are invited to make recommendations to National Executive on any persons they wish to have nominated for Life Membership or Honorary Fellow.
- Any person nominated for Life Membership must have demonstrated distinguished service in the cause of education and members and must already hold the award of Fellow or Honorary Fellow.
- A full and detailed letter of recommendation setting out the grounds for the recommendation using examples to demonstrate those grounds must accompany the request to National Executive.
National Executive will determine whether or not a recommendation becomes a nomination.