Board news

Process underway to find Director election candidate

The Southern Cross Medical Care Society has commenced a process to identify a suitably qualified and proven Director to join its Board.

In April the Board called for expressions of interest via this website, and through advertisements in newspapers and NZ Doctor magazine.  It is now working through the process of assessing interested individuals. 

The Board is looking for a non-executive director with extensive knowledge of the private health sector to fill a vacancy arising from the impending retirement of a long-standing, medically-qualified Board member.  To maintain a high level of clinical experience and understanding around the Board table, a medical background is strongly preferred.

The candidate will also meet experience and qualification requirements as outlined in the Society’s Rules and Fit and Proper Policy, and the Reserve Bank of New Zealand standards for directors of licensed insurers.  The Board’s preferred candidate will be identified by 1 September and endorsed by the Board for election at the Society’s AGM on 1 December 2016. 

Inquiries about the process can be made to Peter Ross at or 027 485 4572.

Society Rules Consultation 2015

Thank you to those members who provided input to the Society's Rules consultation from 22 July to 27 August 2015.  Member submissions were considered by the Board and the updated Amended Rules were the subject of a Special Resolution that was passed at the Society's AGM on 1 December. Some of the Rules updates arose from recent law changes; others were intended to make the Rules simpler, more modern, and easier to understand. The new Rules were registered with the Registrar of Friendly Societies with effect from 17 December 2015.

Download The Rules 2015

Member Tenure Project 2012

This project was established as a result of two resolutions passed at the Society’s 2011 AGM to look into the subject of recognising members of long-standing.  The project commenced in March 2012 and concluded in August 2012. It encompassed member consultation, research, detailed data analysis and evaluation of possible discount models. The idea of providing premium discounts to members based on their length of membership was explored.  However, the project found that such a discount would not be equitable to all members and would be unsustainable for the Society so could not be pursued.  This outcome does not diminish the concern long-held by the Board and management about rising healthcare costs and the high cost of premiums for older members.

Download Member Tenure Project Report, August 2012