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Central District – what does it mean?

In 2017,  Taekwondo New Zealand adopted a new constitution, voted in at it’s AGM on February 4th, 2017.

TNZ now operates as one organisation; where members/member clubs belong directly to TNZ. This fits with the World Taekwondo values where we are all one organisation and one Taekwondo family, as well as fitting the constitutional requirements of WT MNA responsibilities.

The new constitution operates on a regional district structure, giving individual members and clubs more input into the governance of TNZ and better ability to support the day-to-day operations of TNZ.

There is greater transparency in this new model. TNZ is now more inclusive of individuals and sets everyone on the same level of communication. The new structure allows better unification among all TNZ members and World Taekwondo affiliated participants in New Zealand.

Under the new constitution, District Boards provide opportunities for members of TNZ at any colour or black belt level to be involved, and for TNZ to make better use out of the available skill sets of members throughout the country. The District format allows for the clubs in each region to be responsible for the operational involvement of their region. The structure further enables TNZ to be more active across the country with active working groups responsible for ensuring activities in their District.

There are 5 districts:

  1. Auckland   – Northern DB
  2. BOP/Waikato/Taranaki/Gisborne   – Central DB
  3. Wellington/Hawkes Bay/Manawatu   – Wellington DB
  4. Upper South Island   – Southern DB
  5. Lower South Island   – SouthernDB

The new model better replicates systems adopted by other national sporting organisations.

Points on the new structure:

  • gives general membership of TNZ more ownership and influence on decision making of TNZ
  • creates better unification among members as they belong directly to TNZ
  • makes better use of the skill sets of individuals at any colour or black belt level within TNZ
  • aligns better to other national sporting structures
  • is an easier structure to understand for external stakeholders (e.g. funders and sponsors, NZOC and Sport NZ)