December Newsletter


Dear Members,

The purpose of this newsletter is to share with you some of the highlights from the New Zealand Al-Anon Service Conference and the Board’s Quarterly Meeting held on 2nd-3rd December 2023.

Please enjoy and share these highlights, it is important for the democracy of Al-Anon that our fellow members know what we are working on, and we rely on our service structure for this to happen.

We welcomed Jill K as an observer to the December Board meeting and are so pleased that she has already been involved in the Conference 2024 Taskforce in the absence of a Conference Chair. It is exciting to have new members coming to join the board.

We are still seeking members to fill Southern, Northern and Central Regional Board Members and General Secretary.

Alateen (Paula B)

It is great to see a new Alateen meeting off the ground with a bang! There are 7 Amias supporting the new meeting and they already have a budget for Alateen meetings of $220.

The amount of $320 has been raised so far for any Alateen wanting to attend the AA Convention with Al-Anon/Alateen participation in the Hawkes Bay on 19-21 January ,2024.

Recently Area 3 had an Alateen meeting, with 1 child in attendance.  Area 6 have been following suit.

Board Road Trip – Save the date!

The planning for the Board Road Trip is well underway with the taskforce. This is an opportunity to directly meet many of the members of the Board and to really understand the service that is taking place across New Zealand. There will be fun and fellowship for all.  Have the 24th of February 2024 at Tamahere Community Centre, 21 Devine Road, Tamahere, Hamilton scheduled into your calendar – bring a carload of recovery buddies and let’s all get together to understand the difference roles of the NZ Al-Anon General Service Board.

It will be a great event and we are all looking forward to meeting with you!

Membership Survey (Kirsten W)

The results are in!  And they are amazing!  Thank you to all that have responded. We will be releasing the full results at Conference 2024.

As a sneak preview there were 160 responses, we estimate the total fellowship size at approximately 550 members, which means we are estimating as a response of 29%.

One of the interesting items is that 52.8% of respondents are attending more than 2 meetings a week! There are many other interesting details which are helping to inform and guide the NZAGSB focus, particularly for Public Outreach.

Keep an eye out for your Area Delegate coming back from New Zealand Al-Anon Service Conference 2024 for the full set of results.


Public Outreach (Rana S)

It has been great to see each of the Areas engaging in Public Outreach and across the country we now have 5 out of the 9 Areas with Public Outreach co-ordinators. Every one of us is responsible for carrying the message and making Al-Anon a household name. Let’s see if we can start some campaigns targeting existing social media channels and counsellors in your Area for 2024.


2024 AA Convention with Al-Anon/Alateen participation

Have you booked to attend the New Zealand 61st AA Convention with Al-Anon / Alateen participation for 19th-21 January 2024 in Havelock North, Hawkes Bay? Registrations are happening quickly if you don’t get your registration in shortly the registrations will close and you will miss out as there is limited space!

It is looking like an exciting event, a celebration of recovery and a huge boost in personal recovery.

You can register and pay online at


NZ Al-Anon Service Conference 2024

We have set the Annual Equalised Conference Contribution at Fee set at $650 for another year. We are asking all Area Delegates to book you travel to take advantage of the cheapest possible rates. All Areas are asked if they have any Ask-It-Basket questions these are due to the NZ Al-Anon General Service Office by 1st March 2024.

Don’t forget Areas, to think about sending a card to your Delegates at Conference! They are wonderful to receive and an opportunity to acknowledge your Area Delegate’s service.

Thank you for taking the time to be informed.


Yours in Service,

New Zealand Al-Anon Service Board


Progress, Not Perfection – together we can make it!