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Nats to consider critical changes

Nats to consider critical changes

The man behind the National Party's election review says the Party's reached an important point in its post 2000 organisational review.

This weekend the National Party is considering big changes to its constitution after consultation with its members.

The special conference is the culmination of that consultation and delegates will be asked to vote on a range of changes designed to better place the Party in an MMP environment.

"There was a bit of soul searching after last year, so there is a willingness to embrace change," says Strategic Review coordinator Steven Joyce.

"There's an air of excitement in the organisation.

"We want to give the regions more support by strengthening and unifying administration and leadership of the party organisation. "The National Party wants membership to be a valued commodity and that commitment will be reciprocated with input to key policies," Mr Joyce says.

"There's a desire to see the Party's goals and principles simplified, so members and voters can at all times understand what the National Party stands for.

"On top of these changes the National Party will also address administrative issues which include revamping the National Management Board to become a more traditional Board of Directors," says Mr Joyce.

"If the Strategic Review recommendations are accepted, they'll mean probably the most significant changes to the National Party constitution in nearly 70 years," says Mr Joyce.

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