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10.1 Membership of the Institute shall be by application. The Committee shall determine the appropriate membership category by reference to the relevant role held by the applicant and their qualifications and experience. There shall be distinct categories of membership as follows:
- (b) Member – a New Zealand citizen or a Permanent Resident in New Zealand who:
- (i) has had a minimum of 3 years continuous service in an intelligence role or intelligence-related duties in government, the military, or law enforcement in New Zealand; or
- (ii) has had a minimum of 3 years continuous service in an intelligence role or intelligence-related duties in government, the military, or law enforcement in a country, agency and role deemed by the committee to be, at least, of equal standing to such engagement in New Zealand; and
- (iii) can demonstrate a long term commitment to intelligence and the Intelligence Community.
- (c) Associate Member – a person who:
- (i) is engaged in an intelligence role or intelligence-related duties in government, the military, or law enforcement in New Zealand or for a country, agency and role deemed by the Committee to be, at least, of equal standing to such engagement in New Zealand but has less than 3 years long term commitment ; or
- (ii) is currently engaged in an intelligence role or intelligence-related role or intelligence-related research in private or academic enterprise in New Zealand and is of good character/integrity and is recommended by two full members.
- (iii) Whilst the Institute is intended to serve the profession of intelligence in New Zealand, Associate membership is open to persons who are not resident in New Zealand at the discretion of the Committee and subject to their meeting the requisite criteria.
- (iv) Associate members do not possess voting rights or the right to seek office.
- (d) Corporate Member – a group, organisation, corporation, authority, government and/or quasi-government instrumentality or institution that is engaged in providing intelligence or intelligence-related products and/or services in New Zealand or abroad; so long as it is not affiliated with any political party, creed, sect, race or religion.
Corporate membership is intended to allow organisations working within the intelligence community to support the activities of the Institute while also allowing that organisation to promote their organisation as a Corporate Member of the Institute.
Corporate membership does not entitle any or all employees of that corporate to be deemed a Member or Associate Member of the Institute, such membership must be applied for on an individual basis.
Corporate membership does entitle that organisation to have up to 5 representatives at Institute events and members’ meetings. The organisation’s representative may differ for any given event or meeting, so that the organisation might be represented by the persons they deem most appropriate for any given topic or issue.
Corporate members do not possess voting rights or the right to seek office
- (e) Provisional Member – a citizen or permanent resident of New Zealand who (not being currently in an intelligence-related role which meets other membership criteria) is, in the opinion of the Committee, actively pursuing employment in, or study with the intent of seeking employment in, the intelligence profession within New Zealand.Provisional Members do not possess voting rights or the right to seek office.Persons engaged in fulltime education shall be eligible for a discount on their membership fees at a rate determined by the Committee taking into account their circumstances.The Committee will be the sole arbiter of whether the applicant’s circumstances warrant admission as a Provisional Member and/or whether discounted fees should be made available.Provisional Members will retain their membership at the discretion of the Committee which may rescind membership if the Committee is of the view that the member is no longer actively pursuing the employment or study specified in this clause.Regardless, the membership of Provisional Members shall not have an automatic annual right of renewal. Annual renewal of this membership category will be at the sole discretion of the Committee.
10.2 For the sake of clarity and practicality, the service, experience or circumstances offered to validate an application for membership must be able to be independently and easily verified by and to the satisfaction of the Committee.
10.3 Membership of the Institute is a privilege and not a right, and the Institute is not bound to accept any applicant for membership. The Committee is entitled to reject any application for membership if it determines that the grant of membership to the individual or entity in question would not be in the best interests of the Institute. There is no right of appeal from the Committee’s decision.
10.4 Any member or representative of a Corporate Member, has the rights and responsibilities set out in these Rules.
10.5 Subject to the provisions of clause 13 of these Rules, the Institute will publish an annual membership directory.