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Member Involvement

As an incorporated society, YHA New Zealand members are a huge part of our identity and our history.

We have always had a proud legacy of dedicated members and volunteers that have helped the organisation become what it is today. There are a number of ways long-term members can connect and engage with us, and we encourage participation in governance processes.


Annual General Meetings

AGMs are held in a different location each year to ensure a broad range of members have the option to participate. We encourage all eligible members to attend. 

About our AGM

YHA News

YHA News is a regular publication for participating members to keep them in touch with the Board, members, hostel, and sustainability activities. If you would like to receive this newsletter please email the National Secretary.

Post-Lockdown 2020
July 2020
August 2020
August 2020 - Round 2
Spring 2020
Spring 2020 Cont..
October Communique
October 2020
Message from Chair Oct 2020
November 2020
December 2020
Christmas 2020

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March 2019
April 2019
May 2019
July 2019
September 2019
Spring 2019
October 2019
November 2019
February 2020
April 2020
May 2020


Facebook Members Group

We have established a private YHA Facebook group to support domestic members interested in governance to make connections, keep in touch, and stay up to date with YHA.

Join our Facebook Group

Honorary Vice-Presidents

Honorary Vice-Presidents are elected positions called upon for advice and support. Up to four Honorary Vice-Presidents hold office until the third Annual General Meeting following their appointment and are then eligible for re-election. At present, two of these positions have been filled with Dave Berry and Bruce Ward declared elected at the 2019 AGM. The other two positions are vacant, with nominations open until 9th October 2020.

Nomination Information for Honorary Vice-Presidents


YHA Branches were originally formed by groups of like-minded members who often volunteered their time to support hostels and their activities. Committees are elected annually to coordinate member activities within the Branch area and elect a representative to attend the AGM.

Today there is one Branch remaining, which promotes and engages in social and recreational events designed to bring YHA members together in an informal and relaxed environment.

Member Groups

Member groups are a way for members to come together without the formalities of a Branch structure. There are currently two Member Groups.


Read more about the differences between Branches and Member Groups.

Roll of Honour

Our Roll of Honour recognises the outstanding voluntary contributions made by our members over many years. Some of these members were involved with YHA when the organisation was purely volunteer based and they often volunteered their time to support hostels and their activities. This provides a lasting reference to these members' contribution and provides a valuable link to our history.  See Roll of Honour


Leaving a Legacy

Many of our long term members leave bequests or donations to YHA to help us carry out our mission for future generations.

A gift to YHA New Zealand provides a lasting legacy to both our hostels and to the people who use them. Your support of our bequest programme enables us to develop our hostel network, which makes a long and lasting impression on both New Zealand and international members who use our facilities.

Every gift counts whether large or small. No administration fees or tax duties are deducted from your gift, meaning that every cent goes directly to improving our network. For more information please contact us at YHA National Office, PO Box 436, Christchurch, phone 03 379 9970 or email us.

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