Art & Entertainment | Book Reviews | Education | Entertainment Video | Health | Lifestyle | Sport | Sport Video | Search

 


Girl Guides Get New Look


Girl Guides Get New Look

New Zealand’s Girl Guides are making big changes ahead of next year’s 100th birthday celebrations.

While many of us remember our time as a Guide spent knitting, sewing or making cups of tea, today’s Guides are more likely to try kayaking, scuba diving or learn about other cultures.

As part of the centenary celebrations, Guides from all over the world will gather in Christchurch for a jamboree. As well as taking part in new challenges and new adventures at the 10-day event, Guides will also get to rock with New Zealand’s top bands, Evermore, Elemeno P and Spacifix at J’08 Live, a concert hosted by GirlGuiding New Zealand which is also open to the general public.

In keeping with their new image, a new, sportier uniform and a name change - from Guides New Zealand to Girl Guiding New Zealand - were recently revealed.

“While guides haven’t worn dresses and berets for a long time, our new uniform better reflects the activities our girls enjoy. It’s sportier and more practical,” says executive director Jill Tomlinson.

“The name change deliberately put the ‘girl’ back into guides. We’ve always been a female-only organisation, but the word ‘girl’ was removed in the 90’s when it was deemed politically incorrect.”

Jill says research indicates that girls and young women achieve more in a ‘female-only’ environment that allows them to develop in a cooperative, rather than competitive, environment.

While the principals of Guiding still relate to those developed by the founder, Lord Baden Powell, in 1908, today’s Guides are committed to the values expressed in a new Guide promise.

“The new promise talks about being true to yourself and helping others, with the help of ‘your’ god, rather than God,” says Jill. “We want to reflect the multi-cultural society that we now live in, and to teach girls about respect and tolerance.”

Girl Guiding also provides a safe, fun environment for girls to try new things, develop new skills and gain confidence. Jill says that philosophy is appealing to girls and parents alike.

“From the 1980’s membership declined all over the world, but we’re now finding that numbers are on the increase again.”

At last count over 13,000 girls belonged to the 956 units throughout the country. Girl Guiding is open to all girls, from ages 5 to 18. For more information on becoming a Guide visit www.girlguidingnz.org.nz. Tickets for J’08 Live are available from Ticketek (visit www.j08live.co.nz to find out more).

ENDS / / /

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 

With Hunters & Collectors: The Rolling Stones Announce New Auckland Date

It’s the news New Zealand has been waiting for. The Rolling Stones today confirmed the rescheduled dates and venues for both the Australian and New Zealand legs of their highly anticipated ’14 On Fire’ tour. Now, Frontier Touring is also delighted ... More>>

ALSO:

Flying Things: Conchords, Pretties Help BATS Fly Home

The launch of BATS theatre’s fundraising campaign has taken off – with a bit of help from their friends. And with friends like theirs… An event last night hosted by Te Radar at Wellington’s latest waterfront venue, Shed 6, featured Fly My Pretties and, in a dream-come-true scenario, Flight of the Conchords. More>>

ALSO:

Environment: Zoo’s Own Wētā Workshop Produces Rare Giants For Release

Following unprecedented breeding and rearing success, Auckland Zoo is today releasing 150 of New Zealand’s largest giant wētā, the wētā punga, onto pest-free Motuora Island in the Hauraki Gulf. A further 150 will be released onto Tiritiri Matangi next month. More>>

Girls On Film: Divergent Hits The Big Screen

n January, Catching Fire (the second film in the Hunger Games series) not only became the biggest US box office success of 2013 : it also became the first film starring a female actor (ie. Jennifer Lawrence) to top the annual domestic earnings chart since The Exorcist, 40 years ago. More>>

ALSO:

Wellington.Scoop: No Travel Sanctions For Russian Billionaire’s Superyacht

On the same day that New Zealand announced travel sanctions against selected Russians, a Russian billionaire’s superyacht berthed in Wellington Harbour. More>>

ALSO:

Mental Health: UC Researchers Believe Robots Can Persuade People To Conform

A team of University of Canterbury (UC) researchers and scientists believe robots can persuade people to conform through group pressure... ``Our results showed that robots can induce conformity but to a significantly lesser degree than humans." More>>

NZ On Air: Local Content Holds Steady At 32% Of Television Schedules

Since 1989 NZ On Air has measured local free-to-air television content. The report compares the schedules of the six national free-to-air channels, to observe trends and changes in the local content landscape. More>>

Arts Fest: 2014 New Zealand Festival A Spectacular Celebration

The New Zealand Festival welcomed the world to Wellington over 24 days (21 Feb – 16 Mar) of arts events across the city. “[current figures show] slight increase on the 110,000 tickets issued in 2012. It’s a great result.” More>>

Opera: Happy 70th Birthday Dame Kiri Te Kanawa

Our first lady of song who “feels more like at 15 year old” will celebrate her significant birthday on stage at Covent Garden tomorrow night (Friday morning NZT), performing in the Royal Opera House’s production of La fille du régiment (The Daughter of the Regiment) as La Duchess de Crackentorp. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
Culture
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news