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RULES AND CIRCULATION AUDIT GUIDELINES OF THE NEW ZEALAND
AUDIT BUREAU OF CIRCULATIONS (INCORPORATED)


SECTION 1: RULES

1. Name
2. Objectives
3. Membership
4. Membership Classification
5. Membership Insignia
6. Committee
7. Executive Officer
8. Officers
9. Meetings
10. Voting
11. Termination of Membership
12. Reinstatement of Membership
13. Change of Rules
14. Finances, Fees and Levies
15. Circulation Audit Proceedures
16. Audit Reports
17. Circulation Summaries
18. Statements by Members
19. Website
20. Common Seal
21. Copyright in Material
22. Notices
23. Appointment of Liquidators


SECTION 2: CIRCULATION AUDIT GUIDELINES

1. Introduction
2. Scope Of The Audit
3. Circulation Audit Periods
4. Circulation Auditor Duties
5. Circulation Audit Report Figures
  a. Newspapers
(daily, non daily and weekly)

  b. Magazines
  c. Community Newspapers
  d. Bulk Distribution

15. CIRCULATION AUDIT PROCEDURES

The Circulation Audit Guidelines are attached to these Rules and shall form part of the Rules of the Bureau. The Circulation Audit Guidelines relate to all circulation audit reports. Circulation audit reports are published quarterly for Newspapers and six monthly for Magazines and reflect circulation data from a rolling twelve-month average.

Circulation audit reports comprise:

-   Circulation audit reports, which have been externally audited in accordance with section 2, clause 3 of the Circulation Audit Guidelines, and
-   Circulation audit reports, which have been supplied as publisher statements in accordance with section 2 clause 3 of the Circulation Audit Guidelines and have not been required to be externally audited.

15.1.  In the event of a circulation audit report being challenged by a member of the Bureau, the challenger shall set out in full his/her reasons for the challenge and the publisher member whose circulation audit report is challenged shall have the full opportunity to reply. This reply must be received within 20 calendar days after it is sent from the office of the Bureau to the publisher member concerned unless the Committee decides otherwise. At any time during this process the Committee or the Chairman may authorise communications to the members of the bureau or the public about the process.

15.2.  The Committee shall, after considering any statements, decide on appropriate action, which may include:

15.2.1.  A meeting of the members concerned; and/or
15.2.2.  Appointment of an independent disputes auditor by the ABC.

15.3.  The Committee shall consider the evidence and make a decision on whether the Bureau will uphold the complaint.

NOTE:  The complaint will be deemed to be upheld if there is a difference of greater than 10% between the audited circulation and the circulation from the independent auditor. The fee for the disputes auditor will be paid by the party who loses the complaint.