the Benevolent Society
Benevolent Society was originally set up to help IPENZ Members
and their dependants who struck hard times – or found themselves
in 'distressed circumstances', as the legal phrase
put it. It served a worthwhile purpose for a long time, but as
the social welfare system developed it took care of most of the
needs the Society had previously met. It also became increasingly
difficult to match grants to people’s actual needs, as the
narrow legal definition of 'distressed circumstances'
severely restricted the grounds on which grants could be made,
and people’s needs altered with changing times.
looked for a practical way round this mismatch. It was decided
that the Society should be dissolved, and its assets transferred
to a new charitable trust. The trust – the IPENZ Foundation
– would have broader objectives than the Society, objectives
that took contemporary realities into consideration. Because of
legal constraints, this was more difficult than it sounds, and
the process took longer than expected.
the Society could not be dissolved without the explicit written
consent of at least 75 per cent of its members. Since all IPENZ
Members automatically belonged to the Society, this was a big
undertaking – sending out forms to Members, processing them,
and following up where they were not returned. It all took longer
than expected – not because of opposition to the move so
much as logistics and inertia. A very few Members expressed fears
that the Benevolent Society role
might be abandoned, but the Foundation Trustees are committed
to ensuring this role is continued.
Vigorous follow-up was needed to persuade enough Members to fill
in and return the forms provided. This had to be done exactly
according to directions because the consultation was legally binding.
National Office staff discovered many inventive ways the form
could be wrongly completed – and then there were replies
that were impossible to read.
the necessary number of Members was finally obtained in 2004 after a huge effort by National Office staff.
to Benevolent Assistance
of Members and their families is an essential part of the function
of the IPENZ Foundation. There are two objectives under which
this support can fall:
discharge this function by making grants in response to approaches
for assistance from Members or their families. Inquiries or requests
should be addressed to the Foundation’s Executive Officer,
Linden Williams (IPENZ Branch Facilitator). All inquiries
or requests for assistance will be treated in complete confidence.
PO Box 12 241
Tel: (04) 474 8989