Formal Documents

Find our Constitution, Governance Handbook, Aims and Objects, and Annual Reports here.


The Constitution sets out YHA's rules. By nature, these rules are enduring and not frequently amended. 

YHA Constitution

Governance Handbook

YHA's National Board maintains a handbook of policies and governance information for members, containing information that is not constitutional nor relating to Board operations.

Governance Handbook for Members

Our Aims and Objects

To promote within New Zealand the education, health and well-being of people by providing encouragement and opportunity for the gaining of knowledge and awareness of:

The culture of the countryside, towns, cities and peoples of New Zealand.

The environment and the study of the same.

The culture of other countries and peoples.

In furtherance of its charitable objects the Association shall provide hostels or similar accommodation, promote educational and recreational activities, facilitate travel and practice and promote environmental sustainability.


Annual Reports

Annual Reports help us keep a record of YHA New Zealand and our progress, and consider future challenges and opportunities. Copies are sent to AGM attendees each year and are available only once the Board and membership approve them. The Reports reflect our commitment to triple bottom line reporting: people, planet and profit.

Previous Annual Reports:

Click through to read the following annual reports online: 

2023   2022   2021   2020   2019   2018   2017   2016   2015   2014

Or download the current YHA New Zealand Annual Report.

Full Financial Statements are available to YHA New Zealand members on request. Please email the National Secretary.

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