Whereas the Royal New Zealand Society for the Health of Women and Children (Incorporated) (commonly known as the Plunket Society and hereinafter referred to as the Dominion Society) was duly incorporated under the Incorporated Societies Act 1908 on 9 November 1920:
And whereas the membership of the Dominion Society consists of a number of incorporated societies (hereinafter referred to as branch societies) each registered with the name
“Royal New Zealand Society for the Health of Women and Children [name of branch] Branch (Incorporated)”:
And whereas (apart from a distinguishing name) the rules of each branch society are the same as the rules of all other branch societies, and it has been the policy of the Dominion Society for many years past that the branch societies should have the same rules:
And whereas rule 31 of the rules adopted by all branch societies is as follows, that is to say:
“31. These rules may be altered, added to, or rescinded by resolution carried by a majority of three-fifths of the members present and voting at any general meeting of the branch of which due notice has been given, provided that no such alteration, addition, or rescission shall be valid until it is first approved by a general conference other than an interim conference of the society and secondly registered.”:
And whereas it has proved impracticable to amend the rules of all branch societies at the one time by following the procedure provided in the said rule 31, and the Dominion Society and the branch societies are desirous that the rules of the branch societies should be capable of amendment when the need arises by a resolution passed at a general conference of the Dominion Society and not by a resolution passed at a general meeting of each branch society, and that the said rule 31 and the rules of the Dominion Society be amended accordingly, and that the provisions of section 21 of the Incorporated Societies Act 1908 (which relates to alterations of the rules of incorporated societies) should be modified in their application to the Dominion Society and to the branch societies.