Girls' Brigade New Zealand runs two core programmes for girls aged 5-17. Girls' Brigade Companies are inter-church groups run in a local church facility and IFG (Iconz4Girlz) Units are run by a local church in their church facility.
Both programmes run after school or in the early evening during term time. They include opportunities to enjoy high activity pursuits, calmer crafts activities, and everything in between: camping, make up sessions, sleepovers, games, dance, horse riding, life skills, photography, music, first aid, cooking, pet care, crafts, spiritual development and sports.
Girls’ Brigade in New Zealand enjoys a special relationship with Girls' Brigades around the Pacific through the GB Pacific Fellowship which includes Tonga, American Samoa, Australia, Tuvalu, Cook Islands, Vanuatu, Solomon Islands, Papua New Guinea, and Niue. Being part of an international family provides opportunities to be included in international events such as training courses and camps.
We desire to see the girls grow in all areas of their life: physically, educationally, socially and spiritually. Our programme offers a variety of challenging and exciting activities which are biblically based and culturally relevant. Our leaders provide a safe and encouraging environment in which to explore these areas.
Leaders with appropriate training and certification are present to provide first-aid, out-door safety, mountain safety, and care relevant to every activity. Leaders implement risk assessment and management systems and at all times prioritise the safety of girls. Selected by their Company or Unit in consultation with the church because of their skills, faith and character, leaders must complete initial and ongoing training. All leaders are Police Vetted and registered with our National Support Centre. Fellowship and guidance through tried and tested structures ensures every leader has support and oversight.
Girls’ Brigade New Zealand aims to help girls become followers of the Lord Jesus Christ, and to find true enrichment of life through faith, self-control, reverence and a sense of responsibility in thought, word and deed to seek, serve and follow Christ.
Our ministry is to the girls and young women of New Zealand, recognising that girls have personal gifts, callings, characters and needs – some of which are gender specific, so that girls benefit from time and space to be girls valued as people each made in God’s image.