What is Toastmasters?

Since 1924, Toastmasters International has been recognized as the leading organization dedicated to communication and leadership skill development. Toastmasters has been in New Zealand since 1961 and has grown to a network of around 300 clubs, with over 6,000 members every year throughout the country developing their skills through Toastmasters.

By regularly giving speeches, gaining feedback, leading teams and guiding others to achieve their goals in a supportive atmosphere, competence and confidence grow. Members learn to tell their stories. They listen and answer. They plan and lead. They give feedback - and accept it. They build their competence in communication so they can build their confidence, find their voice, present their message more effectively, and lead others. 

Within Toastmasters there are several different ways you can start your journey to becoming a competent and confident communicator and leader.  You could join a club, enrol in a course in your area (where available), or you may be able to do it through your organisation at work.



Our Mission Statements

Toastmasters Clubs:  We provide a supportive and positive learning experience in which members are empowered to develop communication and leadership skills, resulting in greater self-confidence and personal growth.

Toastmasters New Zealand:  We build new Clubs and support all Clubs in achieving excellence.

Toastmasters International:  We empower individuals to become more effective communicators and leaders.


Our Values

  • Integrity
  • Respect
  • Service
  • Excellence

  • Toastmasters enables me to practise my English speaking skills in a friendly helpful environment, and bridges the gap between cultures.
    (Eric, Native Chinese speaker)

  • I love the positive environment at Toastmasters, where I can make new friends easily.