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‘Safekeeping of TAANZ earnings,’ among objectives of postal ballot

Full members of the Travel Agents’ Association of New Zealand (TAANZ) have been asked to vote on changes to its membership and bonding criteria.


Members have just been sent the notice of motion and postal ballot details. The organisation says the recommended changes are designed to (among other things) ensure the preservation and safekeeping of TAANZ retained earnings in the form of the TAANZ Bonding Fund. The amendment will also provide TAANZ and the TAANZ Bonding Authority wider scope through which reviewing new applicants and compliance of current members ensure compliance with New Zealand competition law and maintain the reputation of TAANZ and its members, according to the association. TAANZ chief executive Andrew Olsen says the secretariat made the recommendation to modernise schedule 1 of the criteria.


‘The board has agreed with the recommendation and invites members to have their say in the adoption of the supported changes,’ Olsen adds. Votes need to be received by the close of business Friday 1 February. The ballot comes at a time when Olsen is urging members to be more proactive and involved in the workings and activities of TAANZ to receive full benefits of membership. ‘Diarise the board series of Town Halls (meetings) if they are visiting a location near you – Tauranga on 1 March, Nelson 22 May, and Hamilton 31 July – and diarise the National Travel Industry Awards (NTIA) on 7 September. We are also advising agents to note we will be running the TAANZ Summit in conjunction with the AGM this year on 17 October.’ ‘We remain focused on member accessibility and we are looking forward to seeing as many members as possible at these occasions.’ Meantime, the TAANZ Book, in partnership with ProMag Publishing Ltd (publishers of TRAVELinc Memo) is in production now. Members and the wider travel trade will receive copies of the publication next month. To order free copies of the book, email

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