Kaiwhakahaere Kerri Nuku announced the decision to members this month, on behalf of NZNO’s board of directors. She said Morgan would remain as vice president, but would act as president “as and when required until the next round of board elections later this year (as per section 18.2 of the NZNO constitution)”. The remainder of the work would be covered by Nuku, as has been the case since January.
Canterbury forensics nurse Heather Symes was elected president last October, but resigned for family reasons in December, effective from January 8 this year.
Nuku said the presidency was a full-time, paid position. “While Tracey had the opportunity to step up to acting president on a full-time basis (as per section 10.1.5), she has chosen not to. Instead, she will remain in her current employment, working for her patients in Rotorua and providing for her whānau,” she said.
“Tracey has a long history of work and support for the organisation and it is reassuring to know she will be there to help steer the waka for the short time between now and the next elections, and we are grateful for her willingness to provide ongoing stability.”
Following standard policy, when Morgan acted as president, her costs and any lost wages would be covered for that time, Nuku said.