Biennial Membership Meetings 2023

We can’t wait to see you at the Biennial Membership Meetings in September and October! These are important events for learning about E tū’s activities and campaigns, having your say in our internal democracy, and making plans for the future of our union.

Please click your region below to see the list of meetings

Northern Region

Includes Northland, Auckland, Bay of Plenty, and Waikato

Central Region

Includes Wellington, Wairarapa, Horowhenua, Manawatu, Whanganui, Taranaki, Hawkes Bay, and Tai Rawhiti / East Coast

Southern Region

Includes the whole South Island, Stewart Island, and the Chatham Islands

Candidates for National Executive

Part of the Biennial Membership Meetings is electing people who will represent you on the E tū National Executive. Please click the links below to view candidate biographies and videos (these will also be provided at your meeting).

South Island Vice-President

Central Regional Representative

Northern Regional Representative

More information

Special votes

The E tū Rules allow special votes to be held for any ballot conducted at the Union’s Biennial Membership Meetings. A special vote means you can vote without attending the meeting, but are only issued if:

  • The member has a disability that prevents them from fully participating in the meeting; or
  • The member is so ill or infirm that attendance of the meeting is not possible; or
  • The member lives outside a 32-kilometre radius from the meeting place; or
  • The members’ employer requires the member to work at the time of the meeting.

Any applications for special votes must be made at least 14 days before the day of the first on the series of Biennial Membership Meetings, so these applications must be received no later that 5pm 28th August 2023. Special vote applications should be sent to Marina Kokanovic, Returning Officer –

Event attendance

Under s 26 of the Employment Relations Act, you have the right to attend this meeting without loss of pay and we are sending a notification to your employer, so they know they need to release you to attend.

Note: If you do not pay your E tū membership fees through your payroll, then please request your attendance release directly with your employer.

Please visit to find your meeting. For meetings taking place at worksites, you will receive an additional email.

Mark your calendar now. Note, if your meeting is off-site, you will be released half an hour before the start time, so you can travel to attend. Check with your employer to make sure they are arranging for your release.

We’re looking forward to getting together in person again to talk about our union and hear your thoughts. See you soon.