What is the Trust?

Trust objectives

  • The Trust is charged with managing its assets "to further the ongoing work of the Brigade in the Northern Region" as detailed in the deed.
  • As ICONZ is a BBNZ initiative, it is a Trust beneficiary too.
  • The Brigade exists to enhance the spiritual, mental, social and physical development of Boys and young men

The Trust was established as The Auckland Boys' Brigade Trust by deed dated 23 June 1983 to take over the affairs of The Boys' Brigade Auckland Battalion Incorporated and of the other three unincorporated Auckland Battalions. It became The Boys' Brigade Northern Regional Trust on 13 December 1989, widening its scope by agreement with the other Battalions of the Brigade in the Region, from Taupo north. Trustees are appointed by the BBNZ Executive for two-year terms, and operate under the provisions of the deed dated 13 December 1989 and amended 1 July 1992; and of the Charitable Trusts Act 1957 (as amended) and the Trustee Act 1956 (as amended).

Trust powers

The Trust's powers are also detailed in the deed. Among other actions, the Trust can:

What the Trust does

Picture of Michael Stead Memorial Lodge
Michael Stead Memorial Lodge


Michael Stead Memorial Lodge pictured, sleeps 24 in an idyllic setting in the Kauaeranga Forest Park, behind Thames.

The Nigel Hanlon Hut at Piha sleeps 9, with space for tents outside. It is located behind the Fire Station; a very short walk to the beach. The Piha Stream flows through the property and provides lots of water fun.


The Trust contributes substantially to the employment of a North Island Development Manager, and provides his transport. It also subsidises costs for Boys attending NLDC leadership courses.


The Trust has developed criteria for grants towards BB and ICONZ activities and projects. If you would like to apply to the Trust for funding of your project or activity, please use this application form, filling in all applicable details.


Bookings for both campsites can be made by contacting the BBNZ National Resource Centre: (09) 448 1157, or by e-mail.


The Trust periodically publishes updates on events and activities. News updates are below:

July 2010 update
November 2010 update
August 2012 update
April 2013 update
June 2014 update
October 2014 update

Annual Reports

The Trust produces an annual report detailing main activities, and a statement of the financial performance and position for the year.  Available annual reports are:

Annual Report 2013
Annual Report 2012
2011-12 Annual Report
2009 Annual Report