District Leadership

This page describes the District Team which administers District 72 Toastmasters New Zealand and how to make a nomination.

District Team

Toastmasters New Zealand is run by a District Team consisting of the District Director, the Program Quality Director and Club Growth Director, the Finance, Administration and Public Relations Managers, nine Division Directors and 59 Area Directors. These people are the leaders of Toastmasters in New Zealand.

Find out what's involved in being a District Officer, and the answers to the most commonly asked questions.

  1. What is a District Officer?
  2. What qualifications are required?
  3. Do I get appointed or elected?
  4. What will it cost me?
  5. What will I get out of being a District Officer?
  6. OK I'm interested, what should I do now?

1. What is a District Officer?

A district officer must be an active individual member of member clubs and must be in good standing with Toastmasters International.  A district officer holds one of the following offices: District Director, Program Quality Director, Club Growth Director,  Finance, Administration and Public Relations Managers, a Division Director or an Area Director.  It is their responsibility to run the District and report directly to Toastmasters International.

2. What qualifications are required?

Insofar as practical, an Area Director should have served on a District Council (Club President or VP Education). An Area Director is eligible for re-election or re-appointment for one succeeding term only.

A Division Director shall have served at least six (6) consecutive months as a member of a District Council. A Division Director is eligible for re-election for one succeeding term only.

The Club Growth Director shall have served at least six (6) consecutive months as a Club President and at least twelve consecutive months in elected District Officer roles.

The Program Quality Director shall have served at least six (6) consecutive months as a Club President and at least twelve (12) consecutive months in elected District Officer roles .

The District Director, at the time of taking office, shall have served at least six consecutive months as a Club President and at least 12 consecutive months in elected District Officer roles (other than Area Director).

3.  Do I get appointed or elected?

Area Directors.  This district follows the recommendation from Toastmasters International, that Area Directors are appointed by the incoming District Director.  Applications are sent to the current District Director, who passes them on to the candidate/s for District Director.

Division Directors, Club Growth Director and Program Quality Director along with the District Director must all be nominated for Office, members may nominate themselves.  Their nomination along with their District Officer Release form is forwarded to the Chair of the District Leadership Committee (nominationschair@toastmasters.org.nz) before nominations close. 

A nominee who either fails to send in their nomination form before the closing date or is not nominated by the district leadership Committee may stand from the floor at the District Council meeting in May.   A floor candidate wishing to participate in the candidates showcase and/or the candidates corner, must advise the Chair of the District Leadership Committee by the 30th of April.

Under no circumstances will any nomination be accepted without a signed official Toastmasters International Officer Agreement and Release Statement.

Only nominated and accepted candidates may use the District mailing system or website for displaying their campaign materials.

4.  What will it cost me?

The biggest cost will be your time. There are Executive meetings during the year, which are held on the same weekends as the District Conventions. There is also a training session in June for all incoming Area and Division Directors.  Area Directors are also required to visit each of their Clubs at least twice during the year.   All District Officers are entitled to have their travel costs reimbursed. However, the details are at the discretion of the District Director each year, and must be in line with the District Policy Resolutions.   Currently there is a schedule for the reimbursement of some expenses for travel to District Executive and the District Council meetings. Area Director visits to Clubs are also reimbursed for travel, toll calls and photocopying.

5. What will I get out of being a District Officer?

Your term as a District Officer will be enhanced as you learn how other Clubs have different cultures while fulfilling the Toastmasters program. Meeting and getting to help other Toastmasters from around your Area will also help extend your communication and leadership skills. As a District Officer, you will have the opportunity to have a real say in how your District is run.  You'll also gain credit for your Advanced Leader Silver Award, and can use your term as a District Officer to complete the High Performance Leadership Award.

6. OK, I'm interested, what should I do now?

Contact your Division or Area Director to discuss how you can help provide District Leadership by becoming an Area or Division Director for the next Toastmasters year.

Links to More Resources

Toastmasters International District Leadership Handbook

Toastmasters International District Officer Nomination Form

Toastmasters International Officer Agreement and Release Statement

District 72 Area Director Information Sheet (pdf)