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Criteria for the Appointment of Postcard Judges and Apprentices

1.
Application for Appointment as a Postcard Judge Apprentice
Applications shall be made to the New Zealand Postcard Society which shall receive a completed application form from a person wishing to serve as an apprentice postcard judge at national exhibitions. The application will be considered by the Postcard Society at the next meeting of their executive. Applications deemed to meet the necessary criteria will be forwarded to the New Zealand Philatelic Federation (NZPF) with the recommendation that the applicant be added to the national judges register as an apprentice postcard judge. The application, when received by the secretary of NZPF, will be considered by the NZPF executive at its first meeting after receipt of the application. [2009]
2.
Criteria
The following criteria are to be met by the applicant.

  1. The person must have expressed an interest in judging postcards and applied in writing to the Postcard Society.
  2. The person must be of good moral standing.
  3. The person must be a financial member of the New Zealand Postcard Society.
    1. Within the last two years, the applicant must have entered a postcard exhibit of at least three frames in the competitive section of a national (or higher) exhibition. It is expected that the exhibit has received an award equivalent to 70 points or more.
      ..AND / OR
    2. The applicant has demonstrated an excellent knowledge of postcards, and the ability to follow a set of exhibit rules in postcards or some related category, including philatelic classes.
      AND /OR
    3. The applicant has an extensive knowledge of postcards. This may be demonstrated by publishing, or by having a wide range of collecting interests.
      AND /OR
    4. The applicant has had experience in judging postcards at club or regional level exhibitions.
      AND
    5. The applicant has attended, or indicated a commitment to attend, a postcard judging seminar.

It is expected that the applicant will meet more than one of the criteria in point d above. In most circumstances, greater weighting will be given to the exhibiting background of the applicant.

3.
Advancement to the National Postcard Judges Register
Advancement to the national register will depend upon a joint recommendation received from the chairman of the jury of a national philatelic or postcard exhibition and the team leader of the postcard judging team. When added to the register, the apprentice will be notified in writing by the secretary of the New Zealand Postcard Society. A jury apprenticeship may not be served if the appointment was ‘ex officio’ (i.e. by virtue of a position held on an exhibition organising committee).
4.
To Remain on the National Postcard Judges Register
The person:

  1. must remain of good moral standing, and
  2. must remain a financial member of the New Zealand Postcard Society; and
    1. must have entered the competitive postcard section of at least one of the two most recent national philatelic exhibitions that have catered for the postcard class and received an award with a mark of at least 70 points; or
    2. have attended an approved postcard judging seminar over this period and
  3. must have judged at a national, or higher level philatelic exhibition at least once in the last three national philatelic exhibitions which have catered for the postcard class.
5.
Removal from the National Postcard Judges Register
A judge may resign from the Register at any time.

A judge who fails to meet the criteria above will be notified by the New Zealand Postcard Society and may be removed from the register by the Society if they fail to remedy the situation within a two-year period.

An apprentice may be removed from the list of apprentices if they have not been offered an apprenticeship at an approved exhibition in the preceding five years. Re-applications are permitted.

6.
Rights of the New Zealand Postcard Society
6.1 Changes to the list of postcard judges will be made only after consideration of the recommendation of the New Zealand Postcard Society to NZPF.
6.2 Changes to the judging criteria and other regulations concerning the postcard class may be initiated by either the New Zealand Postcard Society or NZPF. Changes initiated by the New Zealand Postcard Society will be recommended to NZPF. Changes initiated by NZPF will be adopted only after consultation with the New Zealand Postcard Society.