At the end of the decade, president David Perez and the secretary/treasurer Mike Eccles made the NZSO an incorporated society.6 David had been involved in other societies that had made similar decisions and he felt these groups were in a stronger position to attract sponsorship. The NZSO had also accumulated money through sponsorship, conference registration fees, and subscriptions, and needed to report on how they spent this money.
David recalls, 'together we said: "the NZSO has sort of grown up as a village organisation where friendly people meet and share ideas and have a good time, all that sort of thing, but we said we should have some rules as to how it operates"'.7
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They outlined rules about the process for electing office bearers, their length of term, subscription fees, and expenditure. The NZSO became an incorporated society on 16 December 1998.
Shortly afterwards, they approached Ken Dempster to act as the secretary/treasurer. Ken had been the secretary of the Otago and Southland Division of the Cancer Society of New Zealand since 1964, David explains that he 'made a very major contribution to putting [the NZSO] on a business footing'.8 Bridget Robinson agrees and observes, 'a lot of things wouldn't have happened nearly as well without him … We've been very lucky through his good will'.9