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AMATEUR ATHLETIC SPLIT.

CONiFERENCE OF DELEGATES. THE DISPUTE SETTLED. NEW COUNCIL TO BE ELECTED. (By Telegraph.—Press Association.) DUNEDIN, Saturday. For the past few months the dispute iii the ranks of the New Zealand Amateur Athletic Association has been causing a good deal of interest, and the settlement of the niatter has been awaited with considerable anxiety. A conference was held last evening, at which delegates were present from Auckland, Wellington, Canterbury, Otago, and Southland. Mr. R. G. Anderson (Otag-o) moved: "That this conference of ceiitres pledges itself to abide by the decision of Australasian Union on the appeal submitted to it, and pending stieh decision to resogniae the executive set up by the association at Christchurch in November last as the governing body of the New Zealand A.A.A., and having as such all the powers of council provided for in rules." The mover. said Otago was of opinion that the question \vas one for reference to the Australasian Union, which was an independent body. Mr. J. T. Hamann (Otago) seconded the motion. Mr. F. L. Murray (Canterbury) opposed the motion. Mr. Green (Auckland) considered they should overlook the past, and do away with spite and animus for the good of sport. He - was entirely opposed to the dispute being referred to Australia. At this stage Mr. Green advanced the following amendment: "That if both tho executive of Wellington and council of Chrisfcchurch resign all claims to be the governing body of amateur athletics in New Zealand, this conference of centres pledges itself to give allegiance to the council to be elected on fresh election, on the basis that the constitution bo altered to meet the vie we of the majority of the conference." Mr. Twynehaiu (Christchu-ch) seconded. Aster consultation Mr. Green altered his amendment as folloive: "That both the executive in Wellington and the council in Chvlstchurch be called upon to forthwith resign all claim to be called the governing body of amateur athletics in New Zealand, and that this conference pledges itself to give allegiance to a council to be elected on fresh election on the basis of the constitution altered to meet the views of the majority of the conferences. ,. After discussion the amendment was carried by 11 to 1. Mr. Haniann (Otago) moved: "Tha.t the c6mHiitte« o{ eatfh' centre shall, at its annual meeting, elect two delegates to the council, who must be amateurs under the association's definition. The delegates so elected shall constitute the council of Hie association, and shall at their first meeting elect from amongst themselves I a president and two vice-presidents, and shall aiso elect a secretary-treasurer, who need not be a member of the council, but if he shall not be a member of the council he shall have no power to vote or take any part in the meetings of the council. The committee of each centre may from time to tune elect a representative or representatives in. place of any representative of suoh ceriiieAm-the council who may have died, resigned, or otherwise ceased to be a member of the council. The secretary of each contre I shall immediately after the annual meeting of his centre forward to the secre-tary-treasurer of tho outgoing council the names of the delegates to the couneij elected by hii centre, together with their consent in writing to accept office." Mr Pollock suggested that the words "shall at its annual meeting" be altered to read "shall within 30 days," and this was 'agreed to. The Chairman suggested an addition to the motion as follows:—"That in the re-drawing of the rules the mode of election be in accordance with this rule." The motion was altered, and was carried. Mr Pollock movetl, "That an executive, consisting of the secretary and president of the Otago Centre, be appointed in connection with the election of the ne%v council to be carried out in accordance with the terms of the motion just passed." Mr Green seconded, and the motion was carried unanimously. Mr It. Anderson (Otago) moved, "That the headquarters of the association shall always be at the headquarters of a centre, the centre in which the head- . quarters shall for the time being be located shall be determined at the expiration of every succeeding three years by majority vote of the centres for the time being affiliated to the association." ; Mr Green moved as an amendment, "That the words 'determined at expiration of every succeeding three years' be deleted, and the words 'transferable at any time' be substituted. The amendment was carried. Mr Anderson moved, "That headquarters be forthwith nt Wellington." Mr Twyneharh moved as an amendment, "That headquarters be forthwith situated at Diinedin." The amendment was put and lost, and the motion was carried by eight votes to five. Mr Pollock moved, "That the council's share of profits from 1909 bo left in tho hands of the president, secretary, and treasurer of the Otago Centre, and that they receive and deal in trust with all moneys and assets held at present by Messrs A tack and Talbot, of Christchurch and Wellington councils respectively, such moneys and assets to be handed over to the secretary and treasurer of the New Zealand Council as Boom as elected." It was resolved, "(1) That the next athletic championship meeting be held at Auckland; (2) that the selection of a committee, consisting of five representatives (one from each centre), be appointed to in future select Australian championship teams; (3) that it be a recommendation to the incoming coun-1 cil that New Zealand championship shield points be scored by first and second only, two points being allotted to first and one to second; (4) that Wellington be headquarters of the association; (5) to secede from the Now Zealand Sports Federation."

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AMATEUR ATHLETIC SPLIT. Auckland Star, Volume XL, Issue 69, 22 March 1909

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