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In September of 2018, the Club underwent a governance change. The membership voted to adopt a Board rather than the Club Committee structure which previously governed the Club.

In October 2019, the first elected Board of the Club took office.

The current Board consists of the following members:

President – Lindsay Smith

President-elect – Clare Kearney

Ordinary Board Member – Yvonne Pfluger

Ordinary Board Member – Gerald Lanning

Ordinary Board Member – Nina Sawicki

Ordinary Board Member – Ross Cullen

Section Council Delegate – Mike Prymja

Section Council Delegate – Jim Petersen

Board Updates   Elections   National Office – Home of Climbing   Club Rules
Annual General Meeting and Annual Report NZAC Strategic Plan Project Proposals

Our club sections cover eleven regions around the country and our Australian section across the ditch. They are the lifeblood of the Club. They are where climbing trips and instruction courses are run, local gatherings and events held, and friendships formed.

Each Section has a seat at the Section Council. This biannual forum is used by the Sections to discuss matters specifically affecting them, allowing them to work together to share best practice or find solutions to common issues. The Section Council elects two delegates to the Board who act as the link between the two bodies. For current delegates see the list above.

For more information on your local regional section see the ‘Regions’ link on the main menu bar.  The 11 regional sections are located in Auckland, Central North Island, Taranaki, Wellington, Nelson/Marlborough, Canterbury/Westland, South Canterbury, North Otago, Central Otago, Otago, Southland and two overseas sections: Australia and Overseas (which does not have a committee).


Each section has a committee made up of Club members selected annually by their fellow Section Members.  The composition of Section committees and descriptions of the committee positions can be found on the following Section Committees link.

Section Committees

NZAC runs on the efforts of volunteers, so we’re always keen to hear from people who are keen to offer their time and skills to assist the Club. If this sounds like you, contact the team at the Home of Climbing, or have a chat with your local section rep.


The Club is affiliated to a number of New Zealand and international organisations, including the Federated Mountain Clubs of New Zealand (FMC), Sport New Zealand, and the Union Internationale Des Associations D’Alpinisme (UIAA).

Affiliated Organisations

Reciprocal Rights are held with many other clubs around the world. The purchase of a reciprocal sticker that attaches to your NZAC membership card will give you access to the participating club’s huts at their member prices.

Reciprocal Rights Overseas

Previous to the Club governance change the Club Committee consisted of section reps and the following standing positions:

Executive Committee : Exec Chairperson Responsibilities
Honorary Secretary
Honorary Treasurer
Accommodation Committee and Plans: Accm. Convenor Responsibilities
Publications Committee and Plans: Pubs. Convenor Responsibilities
Climbing and Instruction Committee and Plans: Instrutction Convenor Responsibilities
Expedition Fund Committee : Exp. Convenor Responsibilities
Recreational Access Committee : RAC Sustainability Advocate Responsibilities
IT Committee : IT Convenor Responsibilities

Immediate Past President: Penny Brothers
Link to information on: Past Presidents

Club Committee and CCM Minutes

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