Number of Girl Guides in 2017
I promise to do my best, To be true to myself and develop my beliefs, To live by the Guide Law And take action for a better world
New Zealand Guide Law
As a Guide I will try to:
- be honest and trustworthy
- be friendly and cheerful
- be a good team member
- be responsible for what I say and do
- respect and help other people
- use my time and abilities wisely
- face challenges and learn from experience and
- care for the environment
Development of the Movement
GirlGuiding is a non-profit organisation and offers a diverse range of programmes and activities for girls and young women – encouraging them to develop their own special personalities, make a contribution to their community, and form friendships in a positive environment.
GirlGuiding New Zealand was incorporated in 1923 from the Girl Peace Scouts, which started in 1908. In 1928 GirlGuiding New Zealand became a founder member of WAGGGS. Despite competition from a huge range of leisure and sporting activities, Guiding remains popular.
GirlGuiding New Zealand is interpreted in the New Zealand Maori language as Nga Kohine Whakamahiri o Aotearoa. GirlGuiding New Zealand has a policy of including Maori (an official language of Aotearoa New Zealand) in headings in its printed materials, as part of its move towards fuller recognition of the 1840 Treaty of Waitangi between Maori, who are the first people (or tangata whenua) of New Zealand, and the people of many other nations who have settled in New Zealand in the last three centuries.
Since 1957 members have sold Guide biscuits which help to make up over 50% of its income and maintain the profile of Guiding in the community. GirlGuiding NZ is a registered charity in New Zealand, Registered Number CC22069.