The organisational structure of Guides New Zealand is made up of the following parts:
There are four youth sections in the New Zealand Guiding programme:
All girl groups are called units.
A district is a small geographic area and is usually comprised of a mixture of the four youth sections. For example my old district had 6 units, two guide, two brownie, one pippin and one ranger. Each district is looked after by a district co-ordinator, who chairs a district meeting (made up mainly of unit leaders). Youth activities organised each year on a district level included a church parade and usually at least one other activity during the year. These activities include things like district Thinking Day celebrations, beach clean-ups, and camps / indoor holidays. As well as this we are usually well represented at ANZAC Day services.
NB:Although aligned to a district our local Ranger unit is run as a cross-district unit as they take girls in from anywhere within the area. This is a fairly common way of running this section.
A Region is a larger geographic area comprised of a number of districts. There are 6 Regional teams which help nurture different aspects of guiding in the province:
Regional Executive is attended by the Regional Co-ordinator, Assistant Regional Co-ordinator, Regional Secretary and Treasurer, Regional Advisors - pippin, brownie, guide, youth, administration, Promotion Team Leaders, Resource Team Leader, Events and International Co-ordinator. The Regional executive is chaired by the Regional Co-ordinator. Essentially Regional executive oversees the province in it's entirety, bringing together information from all areas and sending out information from national office to districts (via the administration team) and vice versa.
National Forum is held every 3yrs - the first was in 1999. All national personnel (advisers, consultants, etc.), Regional Co-ordinators and members of the National Board may attend. Each region may send a number of delegates (including the Regional Co-ordinator, unless she is a board member) according to the membership numbers BUT each region only gets 2 votes. Board Members and National Advisers also get a vote each. Delegates to the National Forum are National Forum members for 3yrs (until the next forum).
Between forum meetings delegates may be required to consider and/or vote on matters which are decided by the National Forum (national appointments, constitutional matters, election of board members, etc.) - this is done by post.
In the years when there isn't a National Forum meeting, there is a National Advisory meeting which is a meeting of all Regional Co-ordinators and National Advisers.
The National Board, which replaces the National Executive, carries out the management of the business on the Association. It is made up of these ex-officio members: National President of Guides New Zealand, National Vice President(s), Executive Director, National Committee Chairpeople (Programme, Leadership, Finance, Administration, Promotion). There are also 3 elected leaders, including one under 30yrs old, who have a specified term. The National Board meet 3 times a year. The Chairperson of the National Board is our National President, Linda Tarbutt.
Adults who are warranted in any position in Guides NZ wear uniform. As well as the basics as listed above there are lots of advisory committees at all levels (eg. PR, Outdoor, Youth etc).
Thanks to Cheryl W. for her information about National Forum and some of the other recent changes.
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This page is not in any way an official Guides NZ page but information from
A Guide to Guiding in New Zealand and Te Rama has been used.