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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

18. Statements by Members

18.1.  No publisher member of the Bureau may use the membership insignia of the Bureau nor represent that they are a member of the Bureau unless they have a current externally audited circulation figure as defined in Rule 18.4.

18.2.  A publisher member may at any time, subject to the remainder of Rule 18, issue a statement concerning aspects of his/her publicationŐs circulation provided that the publisher member does not represent this as a current audited circulation figure as defined in Rule 18.4.

18.3.  Where a publisher member publishes a circulation figure accompanied by a reference to the Bureau then that circulation figure must be the most recent circulation audit report as defined by rule 18.4.

18.4.  For the purposes of this rule "most recent circulation audit figure" means the figure published in the latest relevant Summary of Audited Circulations on the Bureau website Clear distinction will be maintained between Externally Audited and Publisher Statement returns.

18.5.  The ABC Summary of Audited Circulations will be embargoed for three (3) working days following the distribution of the summary to publisher members who audited in a particular audit period. At the end of the three working days, copies of the summary will be provided to all other ABC members and publisher members who have audited may publicise current circulation figures.

18.6.  No member of the Bureau shall make any statement about circulation matters which claims the authority or endorsement of the Bureau when this authority or endorsement has not previously been given in writing. Furthermore no member shall reproduce in any way letters or correspondence of the Bureau or any extracts from them without the prior written approval of the Committee.