Governance, Policies & Annual Reports

Copyright Licensing New Zealand was established in 1988 by Book Publishers Association of New Zealand and is now jointly owned by PANZ (formally BPANZ) and the New Zealand Society of Authors (NZSA).

Meet our Board

The Board normally meets five times a year and is made up of six directors and a Board intern, of which two are appointed in conjunction with NZSA, two with PANZ, and two are independent directors. View our Board Charter here (pdf) >>

Name Position Appointed In conjunction with
Katherine Gordon Director 2018 NZSA
Mandy Hager
Director 2022 NZSA
Tom Rennie Director 2019 PANZ
Graeme Cosslett
Director 2017 PANZ
Karun Shenoy Director 2022 Independent
Emeritus Prof. Pat Walsh Chairperson 2014 Independent
Anaru Tuhi Board Intern 2021

Katherine Gordon

Director

Katherine Palmer Gordon practised as a corporate lawyer in New Zealand and Canada during the 1980s—1990s, and has since operated an independent governance, negotiations and strategic advisory consultancy in both countries. In that capacity she served the government of British Columbia as a Chief Negotiator of treaties for several years, and continues to serve the New Zealand government as a Crown Chief Negotiator of Treaty of Waitangi historic settlements.

The author of six award-winning non-fiction books in Canada and a contributor to a number of New Zealand publications, Katherine has also participated on the National Executive and Council of The Writers’ Union of Canada and on the Board of Access Copyright, the Canadian collective licensing agency. She continues to serve as the Chair of the Writers’ Union Grievance Committee. A member of the New Zealand Society of Authors, Katherine has two works of non-fiction in progress.

Mandy Hager

Director

Mandy Hager is a multi-award winning writer of fiction for young adults. In 2019 she was awarded the Storylines Margaret Mahy Medal, for life-time achievement and a distinguished contribution to New Zealand’s literature for young people. She has won the LIANZA Book Awards for Young Adult fiction 3 times (‘Smashed’ 2008, ‘The Nature of Ash’ 2013, ‘Dear Vincent’ 2014), the NZ Post Children’s Book Awards for YA fiction (‘The Crossing’ 2010), an Honour Award in the 1996 AIM Children’s Book Awards (‘Tom’s Story’), Golden Wings Excellence Award (‘Juno Lucina,’ 2002), Golden Wings Award (‘Run For The Trees’, 2003) and Six Notable Book Awards.

She has also been awarded the 2012 Beatson Fellowship, the 2014 Katherine Mansfield Menton Fellowship and the 2015 Waikato University Writer in Residence.

In 2015 her novel ‘Singing Home the Whale’ was awarded the Margaret Mahy Book of the Year award, and the Best Young Adult fiction Award from the NZ Book Awards for Children and Young Adults. It has also been named a 2016 IBBY Honour Book, an international award. Her historical novel for adults, ‘Heloise’, was long-listed for the Ockham Book Awards. Her latest non-fiction book is ‘Protest: Shaping Aotearoa.’

She is a trained teacher with an MA in Creative Writing. She also writes adult fiction, short stories, non-fiction, educational resources, blogs and articles, and tutored the Novel Course for Whitireia’s Creative Writing Programme for ten years. She is currently President of the New Zealand Society of Authors Te Puni Kaituhi O Aotearoa (PEN NZ) Inc.

Tom Rennie

Director

Tom is a publisher with Bridget Williams Books (BWB), an award-winning independent New Zealand book publisher. His publishing encompasses both print and digital works, including the innovative BWB Texts series. Prior to joining BWB, Tom worked as a publisher with Cengage Learning EMEA in London. Tom holds a Masters in Publishing Studies with Distinction from Oxford Brookes University and is a Council Member for the Publishers Association of New Zealand with responsibility for the copyright portfolio.

Graeme Cosslett

Director

Graeme was appointed a CLNZ board Director in 2017 and brings a range of experience working in the education sector, as a teacher, a former Board of Trustees Chairperson, and currently as Chief Executive of the New Zealand Council for Educational Research (NZCER). He is a professional member of the New Zealand Institute of Directors.

Karun Shenoy

Director

Karun Shenoy was appointed as independent director to the CLNZ board in September 2022. His professional background has been in the technology industry, with leadership and management roles in major digital transformation programmes. Karun is also currently board chair at English Language Partners New Zealand, President of the Wellington Chamber of Commerce and board member at Business Central, and Angel HQ.

Emeritus Prof. Pat Walsh

Chairperson

Emeritus Prof. Pat Walsh was appointed to the CLNZ board in 2014 and brings his breadth of experience in the tertiary sector to CLNZ. He is the former Vice Chancellor of Victoria University and former Chair of the Universities New Zealand Vice Chancellors Committee. He is currently chair of Agri One, a joint venture between Lincoln and Massey Universities, the New Zealand Indonesia Council and the Academic Quality Agency.

Anaru Tuhi

Board Intern

Anaru Tuhi joined in May 2021 as the first CLNZ Board Intern. Anaru is a Corporate Relations Partner at Spark NZ where he leads the communications strategy for Te Korowai Tupu – the Spark Māori strategy. Anaru also helps lead Māori branding for Spark in a space where Te Ao Māori intersects with Te Ao Pakeha and has gained experience across issues management, proactive community engagement and customer insights. Graduating from The University of Waikato with a Bachelors in Communication Studies in 2016 he is an Auckland committee board member of FLINT – Future Leaders in Tech.

Annual Reports

2021 Annual Report

Previous reports

Policies and Procedures

We have a range of policies and procedures covering various aspects of our business operations.

Our Constitution

Our constitution sets out our regulations to the conduct of Copyright Licensing New Zealand. Read it here. (pdf)

Code of Conduct

Our code of conduct sets out the standards of service that copyright owners and users can expect to receive when dealing with Copyright Licensing. Read our Code of Conduct (pdf).

Personal Information

Personal information is any information about an individual that can identify that individual. In relation to our business, it may include phone numbers, addresses and information concerning individual publishers, authors, licensees, informants or suspected copyright infringers. You can view our Privacy Policy here. We take our obligation to comply with the privacy principles set out in the Privacy Act very seriously. You can find out more about the privacy principles we adhere to.

Distribution Policy

We’re focused on helping owners of creative content earn a living from their work. The revenue we collect from licensing, after operating costs, is distributed to the owners of the works copied. For more information on how we distribute the money we collect from licensing, take a look at our Distribution Policy (pdf).

Legal Reserve Fund

Each year 1% of revenue from blanket licensing is allocated to the Legal Reserve Fund. Funds held in this reserve may be used to cover the costs of legal actions that are considered by the CLNZ Board to be strategically imporant to a group or groups of rightsholders. For more information on this, please take a look at our Legal Reserve Fund Policy (pdf).

Copyright Infringement Policy

We don't provide legal advice, only general information on copyright issues. Our Copyright Infringement Policy (pdf) outlines our approach to copyright compliance and infringement and provides guidance on how we will respond to allegations and evidence of copyright infringement. If you require expert or legal advice on copyright, you should seek the services of a legal professional.

Compliments and Complaints

If you’ve had a great experience with us or have suggestions on how we could improve our services, we would love to hear from you. We want to provide a great service, so please include your name, contact details and a brief description of the situation. We will endeavour to get in touch with you within three working days. Please send feedback via our Get in touch page.

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Copyright Licensing New Zealand (CLNZ) provides licences to help make copying, scanning and sharing printed works easy and legal.
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Governance, Policies & Annual Reports

Governance, Policies & Annual Reports

Copyright Licensing New Zealand was established in 1988 by Book Publishers Association of New Zealand and is now jointly owned by PANZ (formally BPANZ) and the New Zealand Society of Authors (NZSA).
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