Friendship New Zealand Incorporated
is a social organisation where
Fun, Friendship and Fellowship
have real meaning

Who We Are

Friendship New Zealand Inc. is a welcoming social organisation for people living in New Zealand who are retired, semi-retired or soon-to-retire. It aims to stimulate thought, interest and participation in activities at a time of life when it is easy to lose interest and engagement. Members typically come from business and professional walks of life, but not exclusively. We encourage people who are not yet retired to consider joining. There are no age restrictions. If you feel at home with us we welcome you to stay with us. We have many very active members in their 80s and 90s. As long as you feel you want to be engaged with us, we will keep a place for you.

If you are partly or wholly retired from professional or business life, man or woman, FNZI may be a great option for you. We'd love you to join us.

Frequently asked questions...

Do you have to be a Professional or Business person to join?

How old do you have to be to join our Clubs?

Our organisation evolved out of the international Probus organisation. At the time that Probus was started, members were meant to be retired. Indeed, Probus was started to help men who had retired from work and missed the social stimulation of meeting others at work. At the present day retirement ages and rules have changed the world over, and in our organisation retirement is no longer the primary reason for membership. Also, whereas retired people once seemed to have time on their hands and little to do, retirement has changed dramatically. Many club memberships have aged significantly with the passing of the years, so are particularly welcoming to younger people. Many clubs in New Zealand have few members in their early 60s, but things are about to change as FNZI is looking seriously at how to bring in more younger members.

Do you have to be retired to join our Clubs?

No, it is not a requirement that you must have retired to be a member. However, since almost all of our clubs in New Zealand have their main meeting in the daytime (and most in the mornings) it may be difficult for a person still working to get to the meeting. If you are in this position, please let someone in our organisation know, because we are looking at the possibility of starting some later afternoon or evening groups so that people not yet retired can attend.

Do you pay to belong to an FNZI Club?

Because the members of our clubs are mainly retired, every effort is made to keep the membership subscription as low as possible. What the membership fee is set at, is the responsibility of the local FNZI club, so there is fairly wide variation. This is a question you would need to ask a local Club representative, if you are interested in joining. In general, the fee is charged to only cover the costs of room hire and morning tea, so is quite low.


Our History

Friendship New Zealand Inc. evolved out of the international Probus organisation. Probus began in the mid-1960s in the UK. It was not started as a Rotary project, but was the brain-child of a Rotarian who had recently retired and found himself with too much time on his hands.

He gathered some other retirees together and they started meeting together regularly. The group and its meeting pattern was soon recognised as something that could be offered as a Rotary Community Service Activity and was adopted as such and spread far and wide as a result.

Probus clubs began to appear in New Zealand almost 10 years later.

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