This page has news about Toastmasters activities around New Zealand and the world.

April 21 - 26 is "Run the Red" week - will you be there?

"Run the Red" is an attempt on the Guinness World Record for continuous public speaking. Or, its the opportunity to speak for as long as you like. Practice a keynote? Give a seminar? No problem - and its all happening in Auckland this April!

Watch our promotional video        Learn more and get involved

TEDx - One Way Toastmasters Can Help

"You can't tell by looking that I'm...." 

In this fascinating talk titled "How to be normal (and why not to be)", Jolene Stockman takes us into the world of "Tangata Takiwatanga" (autistic people) and shows how Toastmasters has helped her decide what "normal" means for her. Jolene was "diagnosed" as an adult after years of trying to "fit in"; her decription of that process makes this an inspiring lesson for us all.

Watch Jolene's talk on youtube


Radio With Toastmasters

Sometimes we receive requests to provide members to work with other organisations. In a recent example, Radio NZ asked us to participate in Jim Mora's panel discussion on national radio. The topic was whether "students should be forced to speak in front of their class if frightened". You can read the article from The Atlantic that prompted this discussion here.

District 72 Public Relations Manger David O'Brien volunteered to comment on this discussion, and highlighted how Toastmasters could help fill gaps schools may have left in students' communication skills. 


More recently. Directories Officer Mike Diggins was asked to record an interview with Radio Rhema on the art of conversation and in particular the importance of "small talk". The focus was on conversation given the start of the "party season" in offices and around barbecues.



Missing Toastmasters Magazine editions

If you've been wondering why your last copy of The Toastmaster was dated June 2018, there have been issues of incorrect routing of Toastmasters mail sent to New Zealand. This has been raised with the Tracking team at World Headquarters, who are working to resolve it. There is no speciifc time for this but you should receive your July edition in the next few days; some have already started coming through. The magazine is available online as usual; you need to log in as a member to read the lastest edition.

Read "The Toastmaster" online


Changes to Toastmasters New Zealand

On July 1, 2018, Toastmasters New Zealand (District 72) will become two Districts. The boundary between them will be north of Greater Wellington; this gives the best distribution of clubs between the two. As the founding club in the country was in Dunedin, the South Island (plus Greater Wellington) will retain the original District code; the North Island (excluding Greater Wellington) will become District 112.

Click here to read the Press Release outlining this change.

The Toastmasters New Zealand website will continue to serve both Districts in the short to medium term, with revisions to sections (such as this one, and information concerning individual District activities) being made as necessary.



Revitalised Educational Programme - Pathways - Now Available to All

Toastmasters New Zealand was introduced to the Pathways Learning Experience on December 6, 2017. The programme roll-out was completed world-wide in May 2018.

Pathways will run concurrently with the existing programme for 24 months. During that period, awards from either programme can be completed. The date for discontinuing the existing (legacy) programme has yet to be formally set, but is likely to be around June, 2020

The July 2016 edition of The Toastmaster magazine has an article on the Pathways programme.

Pathways Learning Experience