This year Taekwondo New Zealand adopted a new constitution, voted in at our AGM on February 4th.
TNZ now operates as one organisation; where members 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.
The 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 regional district focus allows for the clubs in each region to be responsible for the operational involvement of their region.
This collaborative approach to the organisation allows a wider berth of input from those around the country, and ensures full geographical representation of clubs and members across organisation decision making. It enables TNZ to be more active across the country with (restructure) work groups responsible for ensuring activities in their region.
The new model better replicates national structures of other sporting organisations within New Zealand.
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)