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National Gatherings

18/03/2022: 2022 Lakeside Gathering, Taupo, New Zealand

The Lakeside Gathering for Friendship Force members, peviously scheduled for March, will now be held from Friday 26 - Monday 29 August at Waitetoko on the shores of Lake Taupo. All Friendship Force members are welcome to join us for a weekend of fun and future planning.

For the Information Sheet about the Gathering, click here.

For the registration form, click here.

13/04/2021: 2021 National Gathering, Waikanae, New Zealand

A National Gathering for FFNZ members was held from 13-16 April 2021, at El Rancho holiday park, Waikanae. Reports on discussions and ideas presented at the National Gathering have been prepared by the Field Reps. A summary report has been sent to all members, and is available again here.

  • Report on National Membership, click here
  • Report on NZ-wide journeys, click here
  • Report on Marketing & Recuritment, click here
  • Report on Strengthening Clubs, click here
  • Minutes of the Leaders Meeting, click here
31/01/2021: 2022 Friendship Force Field Days

Friendship Force Field Days

Nuts & Bolts Days, Feilding

The annual Field Day for the clubs in the lower half of the North Island is held in Feilding in August/September. The first event in 2008 was held at the Sanson Rugby Club, and then moved to Feilding in 2012. It is called Nuts & Bolts Day after the trophy competed for at the day, which is constructed from nuts and bolts.

  • 2020 N&B Day : The Nuts & Bolts Day in 2020 was hosted by the Wellington Club. The N&B Trophy was won by the Wellington Club, and the South Taranaki Club will run the competition at the 2021 event. 

Building Bridges, Hamilton (formerly L&P Day)

Clubs in the top half of the North Island hold an annual field day, the first of which was a picnic at Paeroa Racecourse about 1997. It was named after the trophy of an L&P bottle which became the award for winning the day's competition. The event was moved to the Thames Rugby Clubrooms in 2008, and then in 2019 to the Hamilton area. 

The 2020 event has been named 'Building Bridges' and was held in Hamilton on 9 August. Field Rep Gwendolyn Needham coordinated this event.

01/04/2020: 2020 Marlborough

2020 Marlborough.

The 2020 New Zealand Conference was hosted by the Marlborough Club.

 

13/07/2019: 2019 Boulder, Colorado.

2019 Boulder, Colorado.

The World Conference in 2019 was held in Boulder, Colorado.

 

01/02/2018: 2018 Whangarei

A very successful New Zealand Friendship Force National Conference was hosted in February 2018 by Whangarei Club, New Zealand’s ‘farthest north’ hive of Friendship Force presence and activities.

24/08/2017: 2017 Manchester, England

The Friendship Force 2017 World Conference was held in Manchester, England, from 24-28 August 2017.

For information on the conference go to the FFI website www.friendshipforce.org.

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