4 Council Members

Dismissal of council members

A council may dismiss one of its members, other than the Chief Executive, by resolution if that person (s 174(3)):

A member of council elected by academic or general staff who ceases to be a permanent employee of the TEI ceases to hold office as a council member.

Additional rules are also in place on the dismissal of the council members for “just cause”, which includes misconduct, inability to perform the functions of a council member, neglect of duty, breach of the collective duties of the council or the individual duties of a member (depending on the seriousness of the breach).

If a university or wānanga council believes that the actions of a member may justify his or her removal from office, it must provide a written report to the Minister stating the reasons for believing that the actions may justify the council member’s removal; information in support of those reasons; and the council’s recommendation. The Minister may remove the member from office if satisfied that there is just cause to do so.

For just cause, the Minister may at any time remove a member of an ITP council from office.

In all cases, the removal must be made by written notice to the member (with a copy to the council) and the notice must state the day on which the removal takes effect and the reasons for the removal, and the Minister must notify the removal in the New Zealand Gazette as soon as is practicable after giving the notice.