In the year 2014, the foundations of what is now known as Friendship New Zealand Incorporated (FNZI) were laid. FNZI emerged as a truly independent organisation, embodying the spirit of New Zealand, and established with the goal of being run for and by New Zealanders. One of the primary motivations behind its inception was to break away from the tradition of paying affiliation fees to offshore entities that often-showed little interest in the specific needs and aspirations of New Zealand.
By severing ties with external influences, FNZI aimed to create a platform that would be uniquely attuned to the interests and concerns of its New Zealand membership. This move towards independence signalled a commitment to fostering a community that prioritized local connections and a sense of national identity.
In the year 2017, FNZI marked a milestone with the introduction of identifying regalia and a distinctive logo. This visual identity not only served as a symbol of unity but also reflected the organisation's dedication to fostering a strong and recognizable brand within the New Zealand landscape.
Simultaneously, a new constitution was adopted during the FNZI 2017 Annual General Meeting. This constitutional overhaul was a deliberate and thoughtful step towards ensuring that the organisation's structure and guiding principles were aligned with the evolving needs of its members.
Beyond the administrative changes, FNZI embraced a guiding ethos centred around Friendship, Fellowship, and Fun. These core values encapsulated the organisation's commitment to building meaningful connections among its members, fostering a sense of camaraderie and shared experiences. Friendship became the foundation upon which the organisation thrived, with fellowship reinforcing the bonds among members, and the element of fun injecting a sense of joy and enthusiasm into FNZI activities.
In summary, the establishment of FNZI in 2014 marked a turning point in the landscape of social organisations for our senior communities in New Zealand. From its roots as an independent entity, FNZI has evolved into a vibrant community focussed organisation, shaping its identity through visual symbolism, constitutional foundations, and a steadfast commitment to Friendship, Fellowship, and Fun.