Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search

 

Save the Children NZ Executive Director retires

October 1 2008
For immediate release

Save the Children New Zealand Executive Director retires

The Board of Save the Children New Zealand (SCNZ) has announced that John Bowis, Executive Director of Save the Children New Zealand for more than 21 years, is to retire from the role in November.

Mr Bowis began his association with SCNZ – a member of the International Save the Children Alliance – in 1975 as a local branch volunteer in Whakatane. He took on the role of Executive Director in 1987, becoming the organisation’s first official paid employee. Between 2005 and 2008 he served on the International Save the Children Alliance Board.

During his stewardship Mr Bowis steered SCNZ towards its strong child-rights focus and initiated its advocacy-based domestic programme. He developed the organisation’s Wellington-based national office which now has a staff of 25. Income has also significantly increased from an average of NZ$2.5 million a year to more than $15 million today.

Reflecting on his career with one of the world’s leading aid and development agencies, Mr Bowis said: “I consider myself extremely fortunate to have been able to spend half my working life in such a challenging and rewarding role and to have enjoyed the support of some very capable and dedicated colleagues and committed volunteer supporters and donors.”

Highlights, he adds, include establishing the SCNZ programme in Papua New Guinea and initiating a successful community sponsorship scheme in India.

Dr Allan Freeth, Chairman of the Board of SCNZ says: “The board is extremely appreciative of the depth of John’s commitment and dedication to the work of SCNZ.

“His efforts to create a better world for disadvantaged children have seen this organisation develop into one that has been able to bring together different cultures, experiences and resources, resulting in a greater overall impact in our work and providing a stronger, global voice for children everywhere.”

Martin Hawes, President of Save the Children New Zealand, adds: “We are indebted to John for his diligence and determination to do the right thing for children. He has represented us very well here and overseas. We wish him well for the future.”

An announcement regarding the appointment of an Acting Executive Director will be made later this month. The Board of SCNZ will begin a formal search process for a successor in 2009.


ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On Why Labour Isn’t Responsible For Barnaby Joyce

As a desperate Turnbull government tries to treat the Barnaby Joyce affair as a Pauline Hanson fever dream – blame it on the foreigners! We’re the victims of the dastardly New Zealand Labour Party! – our own government has chosen to further that narrative, and make itself an accomplice.

Evidently, the National government is similarly desperate for anything that might discredit or derail the Ardern juggernaut, even if that means throwing Internal Affairs Minister Peter Dunne under a bus More>>

 

Treaty: Agreement In Principle Signed With Moriori

“The Crown acknowledges Moriori was left virtually landless from 1870, hindering its cultural, social and economic development. The Crown also acknowledges its contribution to the myths that the people of Moriori were racially inferior and became extinct." More>>

ALSO:

Susan Devoy: Call For Inquiry Into State Abuse Reaches UN

Race Relations Commissioner Dame Susan Devoy is in Geneva and has asked a United Nations committee to urge the New Zealand government to initiate an inquiry into the physical and sexual abuse of children and disabled people held in state institutions. More>>

ALSO:

(Not National): Cross-Party Agreement On Pike River Re-Entry

The commitment was signed this afternoon by the leaders of Labour, United Future, The Maori Party, and the Green Party and, together with the earlier commitment by New Zealand First, means that there is now a Parliamentary majority behind the families’ fight for truth and justice. More>>

ALSO:

Earlier:

Mental Health Foundation: 'Positive First Steps'

“The heavy reliance on pilots and targeted approaches in the package announced today makes it plain that additional funding will be needed so that activities that work can be made available throughout New Zealand,” says Mr Robinson. More>>

ALSO:

'Gift' To NZ: Synod Considers Third Christchurch Cathedral Option

Members of the Anglican Diocese of Christchurch will consider three, not two, options regarding the future of the ChristChurch Cathedral... The new option is for the Synod to gift the Cathedral building to the Government for the people of New Zealand. More>>

ALSO:

PM's Presser: Labour's Water Policy 'Reckless', Says English

The Labour Party has "bumbled into" its policy to charge for water in a "reckless" way that would put a Labour-led government on a collision course with both Maori and other water users, Prime Minister Bill English said at his weekly post-Cabinet press conference.. More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election