Why We Exist & Our Purpose
The Trust is charged with managing its assets “to further the ongoing work of the Brigade in the Northern Region” as detailed in the trust deed.
The Boys’ Brigade Northern Regional Trust is charity (CC33116) registered with New Zealand Charities Services, and its officers, documents and Annual Reports are publicly available on their website. The trust operates under the rules and conditions of the Deed.
JP BA(Auck) BBS(Massey) DipTchg.
Retired 2010 as Head of Department, Commerce, at Mount Albert Grammar School after 38 years teaching and 8 years in the wholesale motor industry during the 1960s. He served in The Boys’ Brigade at local level, as national Vice-President then Treasurer 1989-1997 and on national and regional executives and trusts. An elder in the Presbyterian Church, Ian now lives at One Tree Point, near Whangarei. Justice of the Peace since 1990. Married with three daughters and four grandchildren, Ian and Robyn sail “The Ritz” in Gulf and coastal waters whenever possible.
Property - Michael Stead Memorial Lodge
Previous BB member of 32nd Auckland (Howick) Company rising through the ranks to become a Queens Man in 1980. He returned as an Officer for a number of years and attended National Leadership Development Courses for several years as a Squad Officer/instructor. Andrew has portfolio and management responsibility for the Michael Stead Memorial Lodge, helped by his wife Marie. Andrew and Marie have three teenage children and he is an Elder at Howick Presbyterian Church.
Property - Nigel Hanlon Hut
Graeme was for some years a Qantas Flight Attendant who also managed his own architectural practice. He is now a grounded architect. Chairman of the Auckland Boys’ Choir for 10 years and is a member of St Andrews Epsom choir. Graeme had long service as a Boys’ Brigade Company Captain. He has served on the West Auckland and Northern Regional Executives and for some time chaired the Funding Committee of BBNZ. Graeme has a daughter and two grandchildren.
Publicity & Technology
Todd came through the ranks and obtained his Queen's Badge with the 7th Hamilton Company. In 2015, the company went into recess, at which time he joined the leadership team of BB, ICONZ Fairfield. Currently, he is a member of the BB New Zealand National Executive, where he serves as the central region representative.
He currently works in the tech (SaaS) industry, focussing on designing modern CX experiences. Todd is based in Morrinsville.
Richard came through the ranks of 38th AKL BB (Blockhouse Bay), and obtained the Queen’s Badge. Continued with the Company and became the Captain for a number of years. Also served on the West Auckland Executive. Currently a member of Blockhouse Bay Baptist. Richard has a management role with Air New Zealand. He is married with 3 young children.
Retired Registered Surveyor (previously with his own practice on Auckland’s North Shore), Bevan was a long-serving BB Company Captain (14th Dunedin and 58th Auckland). He also served on Auckland, Regional and National Executives and held various camping and training roles. Bevan was a founding Elder of Forrest Hill Presbyterian Church and now attends Northcote Baptist Church. Bevan has two children and four grandchildren
Owen Goodwin joined the Trust in 2018. Owen was in BB in Christchurch, then in Birkenhead, in the 18th Auckland Company. He played very active roles for a number of years in Auckland and North Shore BB affairs. Owen is an active Justice of the Peace who helps organise the Glenfield JP Helpdesk. He is also a very good hockey umpire. Owen is married, with 5 adult children and 3 grandchildren.
Any organisation with a strong history requires great godly men. We are no different.
It is with great sadness that we report the death of Trustee Ward Fischer MNZM JP MNZIM MCILT, who died on 15 November 2018. Ward lived in Hamilton, had been a Trustee for over 25 years and held the Investments Portfolio. Ward was a key person in The Boys’ Brigade in Hamilton, starting and running the 4th Hamilton Company and serving as President of the Waikato Battalion and its own Trust. Ward had also served on the National Executive and led National Leadership Development Courses for NCOs and young leaders for many years. In private life Ward had been a Police Road Safety Officer who wrote many of the resources still used in road safety education for children in New Zealand. He was a member of the congregation of Waikato’s Anglican Cathedral. Ward made a substantial bequest to the Trust in his will.
Ross McCarthy, a Trustee for many years, with the MSML portfolio responsibility, resigned in August 2018 to move with his family to China. Ross is an airline pilot. He was also Captain of the 32nd Auckland Company at Howick Baptist Church for many years and now lives in Gisborne. Andrew Cutler, also from Howick, agreed to replace Ross, and he and his wife Marie are now caring for Michael Stead Memorial Lodge.
Bruce Sai Louie also resigned in 2018 to devote more of his time to the care of his elderly mother. Bruce was well-known to many as a former Field Officer and National Secretary/Director, active also in the 2nd Auckland Company at Greenlane Presbyterian Church, as Boy, NCO, Officer and Captain.
We welcomed Owen Goodwin as a new Trustee in 2018. Owen was in BB in Christchurch, then in Birkenhead, in the 18th Auckland Company. He played very active roles for a number of years in Auckland and North Shore BB affairs. Owen is an active Justice of the Peace who organises the Glenfield JP Helpdesk. He is also a very good hockey umpire.
Richard Edlington joined the Trust in 2019. He was formerly a Boy, NCO, Officer and Captain of the 38th Auckland Company at Blockhouse Bay Baptist Church and works for Air New Zealand.
Todd Harper was appointed to the Trust by BBNZ Executive on 26 March 2021.
Remembering - Selwyn Beeston
Selwyn, an original Trustee and secretary for some years. Selwyn and his wife Veronica were active members of the Stedfast Park Committee for many years, up to the time the Park was eventually sold.