Posted by: transparencynz | June 26, 2017

SPCA New Zealand is it still the same old trusted name ?

There is an old Hatchet that has been in our family  for many years , it  has been handed down from father to son and has served  loyally each generation . The head was sharpened a few times and then the handle broke  so  it had a new  handle  , then the head   was beyond sharpening and it  got a new head , I think it has had five new Handel  now and three new heads.  But its still the same old trusty Hatchet.. despite the fact that the handle is now  varnished and the head is blue .

What has this got to do with the SPCA.. well everything

Look up Wikipedia  this is the definition shown

A Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) is a common name for non-profit animal welfare organizations around the world. The oldest SPCA organization is the RSPCA, which was founded in England in 1824. SPCA organizations operate independently of each other and campaign for animal welfare, assist in the prevention of cruelty to animals cases, rehabilitation and finding homes for maltreated and unwanted animals that can be reestablished into new homes. Policies regarding animal euthanasia, handling feral cats, and similar issues vary by organization.

As you can see this fits in pretty closely with the old constitution purpose which has existed since 1995

The Objects for which the Royal Society is established are:
(a) To prevent cruelty to animals by:(i) Encouraging and sustaining an intelligent public opinion regarding man’s duty to animals;
(ii) Enforcing where practicable the laws which exist for animals’protection;
(iii) Promoting further legislation for the protection of animals, as may be appropriate;
(iv) Any other ways and means as the Royal Society may deem appropriate.
(b) To co-ordinate the activities of the various Branches and Member Societies;
(c) To promote Branches in districts where there is no Branch or Member Society in existence;
(d) To generally do all such acts and things as shall or may be for the benefit of Branches or Member Societies or in the interests of animals and their welfare

the new constitution which has just been adopted MJC-101622-1-4205-1 RNZSPCA Constitution Final Adopted 17 June 2017

4. Purposes
4.1 The purposes of SPCA are to create a better life for, and prevent cruelty to and neglect of, Animals and in particular to:
a. be the lead organisation for Animal welfare in New Zealand;
b. educate New Zealanders about their Animal welfare responsibilities including developing and delivering programmes and activities;
c. establish and maintain facilities and provide services primarily throughout New Zealand and, if it considers it necessary to do so, also Australia and the Pacific Islands, to improve the welfare of Animals using standards, policies and practices based on best practice and scientific knowledge;
d. promote and advocate for Animal welfare legislation and standards;
e. act as an Approved Organisation under the Animal Welfare Act 1999, including taking action against those who fail to comply with their legal obligations relating to the physical, health, and behavioural needs of Animals.

the proposed branch constitution   is also has the objects   changed  MJC-101622-1-4206-1 RNZSPCA Branch Rules Final 17 June 2017  but   since they  are looking at winding up the   branches  the  wording of the constitution is   basically irrelevant as  once   this is adopted the  branch will be wound up and  cease to exist  under the  one policy  following this transition MJC-101622-1-4207-1 RNZSPCA Transition Regulations Final

A new CEO  is being recruited Final Position Description CEO SPCA to do the  dirty work  of  transitioning from a society which exists to prevent cruelty  to animals to one which    rely on  animals suffering for an income stream.

To me this appears to be a juxtaposition , as the stated  aim of “act as an Approved Organisation under the Animal Welfare Act 1999, including taking action against those who fail to comply with their legal obligations relating to the physical, health, and behavioural needs of Animals”   cannot occur  unless  animals are harmed  and since there is a financial benefit in enforcing  the act the SPCA may no longer act  to PREVENT   cruelty  as  from an accountants point of view   the $$$  occurs when animals are harmed.

Mr Trainer is an accountant,  ex  Ernest and Young , is he going to spend  some of the 25 million on educating people and  prevention methods or is he  going to make  $$$ for the society by prosecution  ?   What would an accountant  do ????

Of course  they would “promote and advocate for Animal welfare legislation and standards;” as this will ensure more  stringent levels of compliance   and more $$$

I have to wonder why  Andrea Midgen  wore two hats for this time, was it because  her two hats suited this part of the transition , despite it  being a gross  conflict of interest, why not    advertise for an  independent CEO  10 months ago  ????All too contrived my  my sense of comfort.

So if you are the   applicant  for the position of  the new CEO  responding to this email please be aware that you will be  assisting in the destruction of  what was once a  trusty old society .

From: RNZSPCA Board Secretary <>
To: Gordon Trainer <>
Cc: Kira Schaffler <>
Date: 23 June 2017 at 14:06
Subject: Message from Gordon Trainer, RNZSPCA President – Recruitment: RNZSPCA CEO

Recruitment – RNZSPCA CEO

To: Centre Managers/CEOs, Chairs
CC: National Office staff and RNZSPCA Board

 Please forward this email to your Committee/Board and to the staff/volunteers in your Centre

 Dear all

Following the strong vote in favour of the One SPCA entity at the AGM on Saturday 17 June, the Board has decided to initiate the process for the recruitment of a permanent CEO for the RNZSPCA. As you are aware Andrea Midgen has been ‘double-hatting’ for the past 10 months as both the CEO of Auckland SPCA and the Acting CEO of RNZSPCA.

The CEO of RNZSPCA is probably the most critical role in our new structure and it would be highly advantageous to have a confirmed CEO in the role during the months leading up to “Day 1” (1 November 2017) to ensure strong and focused leadership during the transition phase to One SPCA.

We have made a decision that, in the first instance, we will open this role to applications from internal candidates only, i.e. employees within the SPCAs across the country. If we are unable to find a suitable candidate from amongst our ranks we will then go to the wider external market.

As you can see from the attached position description this role requires (amongst other things):

–          Strong leadership skills and proven experience in managing and developing leadership teams

–          Experience in leading change

–          Good all-round management competencies

–          Strong financial and commercial acumen and experience, and

–          A collaborative working style with a track record of building effective relationships.

We have asked Kira Schaffler as the Project Manager for the One SPCA project to coordinate the initial steps of the internal recruitment process. Kira has extensive experience in the recruitment and appointment of executives and will provide a strictly confidential coordination point for initial applications.

Our planned timetable for this process is as follows:

Internal candidates submit their CVs to Kira Schaffler. All applications will be treated in the strictest confidence By 14 July
Remuneration, People Dev & Nominations Committee (sub-Committee of the Board) interviews short-listed candidates and recommends preferred candidate to the Board By 28 July
Appointment of CEO By 11 August

Please forward this email to your staff and volunteers in your Centres. It’s important that all employees are kept informed about the recruitment process for this key leadership role in our future SPCA.

If you have any queries about the process please contact Kira Schaffler on 021 924 845 or who will be able to answer your questions on a strictly confidential basis.


Gordon Trainer

RNZSPCA President


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