Wikimedia User Group of Aotearoa New Zealand

Wikimedia User Group of Aotearoa New Zealand is a Wikimedia user group of Wikimedians who are interested in organising and participating in outreach activities in New Zealand.

Wikimedia Aotearoa New Zealand

New Zealand
LocationFlag of New Zealand.svg New Zealand
Country codeNZ
Approval date17 December 2019
Official language(s)English, Māori

How to joinEdit

Our membership is and will remain open to everyone. If you wish to join Wikimedia User Group of Aotearoa New Zealand, simply put your name in the Members section below. We also recommend people join our FB group where we discuss current issues around Wikimedia projects in relation to Aotearoa and share editing tools and ideas. You're welcome to come along to one of our regular meetups as well.

Our mission and goalsEdit

  • Represent the Wikimedia Foundation’s mission in New Zealand: to empower and engage people to collect and develop educational content under a free license, so it can be shared and reused freely for any purpose
  • Represent the New Zealand contributors to Wikimedia projects
  • Provide qualified support for our own members and public
  • Streamline the activities of individual members and institutions into the same group
  • Empower members and support their activities
  • Develop and maintain long-lasting relationships with New Zealand institutions that share the same or similar goals: universities, museums, libraries, and archives

2022 Top Priority: IncorporationEdit

WANZ Establishment Working GroupEdit

The WANZ Establishment Working Group (WEWG) held a community meeting to establish Wikimedia Aotearoa New Zealand Inc ("WANZ Inc") as an Incorporated Society and register as a charitable entity. The meeting was held on Thursday 17 March 2022 at 7:30 pm.

The WANZ Establishment Working Group (WEWG) consists of the following people: User:Giantflightlessbirds (Mike Dickison) User:MurielMary User:Einebillion (Victoria Leachman) User:Marshelec (Marshall Clark) User:Noracrentiss (Christine Richardson)

Why an incorporated society? Our purpose is to establish an organisation in New Zealand that can promote and support development of content on Wikimedia Foundation platforms and encourage increased participation by New Zealand residents and those associated with our country. In particular, we require a more formal organisation if we are to apply for and receive significant grants.

The proposed structure (an incorporated society with charitable status) enables grass-roots involvement of the membership in all the important decision-making of the society. The proposed society will:

  • keep members informed of its activities through a range of media
  • provide learning pathways for developing Wikimedia-related skills
  • coordinate projects
  • apply for or support applications for funding

What will be the entitlements and obligations of being a Member of WANZ Inc?

Entitlements: Members of WANZ Inc can

  • stand for election to the Committee
  • vote at the AGM


  • Members must pay an annual membership fee (determined at the AGM) in order to retain their entitlements as a member. Members can resign their membership at any time.

What’s been done so far:

  • WEWG prepared an initial draft Constitution for WANZ which was made available for comment. Notices were placed on and off Wikipedia calling for input. The WEWG received and considered several comments and suggestions and made a small number of changes to the document. The community meeting to advance the setting up of Wikimedia Aotearoa New Zealand Inc ("WANZ Inc") as an icorporated Society and registration with Charities Services, New Zealand approved the constitution. You can read it here:[[1]]
  • The community meeting approved applying for incorporation of the Society
  • The community meeting elected the committee including:
President Einebillion (Victoria Leachman)
Vice-President Giantflightlessbirds (Mike Dickison)
Treasurer Marshelec (Marshall Clark)
Secretary Noracrentiss (Christine Richardson)
Committee member MurielMary
Committee member Schwede66
Committee member Pakoire

Wikimedia Aotearoa New Zealand Inc.Edit

The newly established Committee commit to:

  • gathering 15 signatures for the application for incorporation - completed
  • submitting the application to the Registrar of Incorporated Societies - completed
The incorporation of WANZ was approved by the New Zealand Companies Office on 7 April 2022.
  • establishing a bank account
  • applying for an IRD number with Inland Revenue
  • applying for registration as a charity with Charities Services
  • reviewing and endorsing a set of Standard Operating Procedures. These SOPs will cover the everyday running of WANZ including things like Role Descriptions for Committee Members, a committment to open and transparent record keeping, comms platform selection etc.
  • assembling an application for Wikimedia Foundation funding for the April 2022 round to enable the Society to provide funding for outreach activites and administration purposes
  • holding an AGM in April 2023

General Fund funding application for April 2022Edit

The user group is seeking administrative funding for the period June 2022 to December 2023 from the General Grant Fund round. The submission date is 14 April 2022. This funding is advance the strategy of Wikimedia Aotearoa New Zealand society inc.

Final Grant submission

Annual Activity Reports and other reportingEdit

The User Group Annual Activity Reports cover the calendar year from January to December. User Group members are encouraged to contribute to the report through the reporting year. Reports must be completed annually and lodged in the Wikimedia Affiliates Data Portal page in January of each year to ensure the group can retain its User Group status.

The user group also reports in the Wiki-GLAM newsletter and in Diff blog posts


Draft Annual report for 2022


Annual report for 2021


Annual report for 2020

Where we meetEdit

There are regular meetings in Wellington, Christchurch, Ara Institute of Canterbury City Campus and online. There are irregular meetings in other cities across the country too.

For more information, please see the relevant pages on English Wikipedia:

Priorities updated for 2022Edit

  • Consolidate our communication channels into an email database.
An email database has been collated by Giantflightlessbirds. Please contact Giantflightlessbirds to be added to this mailing list to receive a regular User Group newsletter.Einebillion (talk) 02:38, 6 December 2020 (UTC)
A 15 minute timeslot at the Aotearoa Online Meetup has been reserved to discuss User Group business.Einebillion (talk) 02:38, 6 December 2020 (UTC)
  • Keep organising editathons in Wellington, monthly meetings in Christchurch and provide support for our Auckland editors to start regular meetings in our biggest city.
Established and regular meetups are occurring online and in Wellington, Christchurch and the West Coast. As at 9 April 2022 Auckland is holding it's first meeting after a COVID hiatus.
  • Run and document activities for 2–3 years
See section on annual reporting
  • Set up a legal structure
Options described here:
Members discussed the proposal to incorporate at the 2021 WikiCons and during the Aotearoa New Zealand Online meetups and agreed that incorporation and registration as a Charity was the priority for 2022.
The advances we've made on creating an incorporated society is detailed in this section.
  • Apply for funding from Wikimedia Foundation that would allow us to cover our running costs including traveling to different cities for appropriate events like book festivals and library conferences where we’d like to promote Wikimedia's projects and WMF mission in New Zealand.
This group has successfully applied for Rapid Grant funding bids for the 2021 WikiCons and project funding bids have been submitted by individual members of this group.
The user group is seeking administrative funding for the period June 2022 to December 2023 from the General Grant Fund. See draft application This funding is intended to pay for costs of administering and advancing the organisation and incorporation of the Wikimedia Aotearoa New Zealand incorporated society.
  • Find and connect with more active members within the local community
  • We'd also like to reach out to users of te reo Māori and encourage the revitalisation of Wikipedia Māori
  • Eventually, we'd like to create a regular chapter that would serve not only contributors from New Zealand but the whole South Pacific including Niue, Samoa, Cook Islands, Tonga or Fiji. New Zealand has strong ties with the Pacific Islands and it’s widely seen as the main center of the Southern Pacific with large Pacific Island populations living in New Zealand. We'd like our chapter to be no different. This is a big vision for us and we know we have a long way to go, but as editors who have been involved with Wikimedia’s movement for many years, we have learned that with patience and hard, consistent work we can reach our goals.


  1. Podzemnik (talk) 12:34, 19 January 2019 (UTC)
  2. Jonathanischoice (talk) 12:56, 20 January 2019 (UTC)
  3. Giantflightlessbirds (talk) 20:05, 20 January 2019 (UTC)
  4. Ambrosia10 (talk) 23:18, 20 January 2019 (UTC)
  5. Kiwichris (talk) 07:09, 22 January 2019 (UTC)
  6. Stuartyeates (talk) 04:44, 10 February 2019 (UTC)
  7. Schwede66 (talk) 06:10, 30 May 2019
  8. Einebillion (talk) 01:39, 8 June 2019 (UTC)
  9. MurielMary (talk) 10:57, 1 July 2019 (UTC)
  10. DrThneed (talk) 11:47, 5 July 2019 (UTC)
  11. OhValencia (talk) 11:47, 5 July 2019 (UTC)
  12. Catsandthings (talk) 07:24, 23 December 2019 (UTC)
  13. David Nind (talk) 12:00, 21 January 2020 (UTC)
  14. Gadfium (talk) 17:48, 29 January 2020 (UTC)
  15. Ciell (talk) 17:41, 21 February 2020 (UTC) No facebook here. You can find me on Twitter, Telegram, and Wiki Tribune.
  16. Gertrude206 (talk) 22:54, 28 February 2020 (UTC)
  17. Digipres (talk) 12:12, 2 March 2020 (UTC)
  18. MagicPie97 (talk) 23:24, 1 March 2020 (UTC)
  19. Canley (talk) 06:09, 28 March 2020 (UTC)
  20. MargaretRDonald (talk) 05:57, 11 April 2020 (UTC)
  21. Marshelec (talk) 7 May 2020
  22. Quilt Phase (talk) 20:01, 9 May 2020 (UTC)
  23. Pippipip (talk) 07:46, 4 July 2020 (UTC)
  24. Oronsay (talk) 23:43, 4 July 2020 (UTC)
  25. Quixoticelixer- (talk) 06:54, 13 July 2020 (UTC)
  26. Noracrentiss (talk) 00:56, 9 September 2020 (UTC)
  27. SHISHIR DUA (talk) 06:48, 26 November 2020 (UTC)
  28. Slowking4 (talk) 23:09, 2 January 2021 (UTC)
  29. Lcmortensen (talk) 08:13, 3 January 2021 (UTC)
  30. Pakoire (talk) 21:09, 8 February 2021 (UTC)
  31. Beeswaxcandle (talk) 03:14, 11 February 2021 (UTC)
  32. Prosperosity (talk) 23:41, 27 February 2021 (UTC)
  33. Pseudopanax (talk) 09:41, 20 March 2021 (UTC)
  34. Julie Oystercatcher (talk) 07:29, 01 April 2021 (UTC)
  35. Supertrinko (talk) 21:11, 27 May 2021 (UTC)
  36. Matthewryalt (talk) 12:56, 28 August 2021 (UTC)
  37. Dick Bos (talk) 09:48, 4 December 2021 (UTC)
  38. Syddii (talk) 09:41, 26 March 2022 (UTC)
  39. Peter0027 (talk) 08:50, 27 March 2022 (UTC)

Primary contactsEdit

Useful linksEdit

Affiliations Committee resolutionsEdit


There was an attempt to create a local chapter around 2006. One of the goals that drove the formation of this group was to renew a discussion about creating a chapter in the future. Before we can make a chapter, we need to have run a User Group with a range of well-documented activities for two years, so establishing this group was the first step.

From June 2018 to June 2019, Mike Dickison ran activities as the New Zealand Wikipedian at Large. Mike was keen to see a user group start, and created a mailing list of potential members.

A Wellington physical meetup was established which went online during the first New Zealand COVID lockdown. This resulted in more coordinated communication across New Zealand and an increase in participation in User Group activities.

The user group was formally recognised by the Wikimedia Foundation on 17 December 2019.

2021 prioritiesEdit

The Wikimedia Foundation has asked the User Group of Aotearoa New Zealand to identify which of the movement's strategy recommendations are our priorities for implementation in 2021 and what ideas from the Movement Strategy recommendations respond to our needs and will have an impact in the movement. The aim of prioritization is to create an 18-month implementation plan to take some of the initiatives forward starting in 2021. The 10 recommendations are described here

The attendees of the Aotearoa New Zealand Online Meetup 4 decided on

  • Improve User Experience
  • Invest in Skills and Leadership Development
  • Provide for Safety and Inclusion.

2021 conference / training / GLAM outreach and inclusion eventsEdit

In October 2020 the User group started work on developing a forward program of weekend events for 2021. The organising committee are:

There are three WikiCon weekends being planned for 2021. The locations are Hokitika in 19-21 March, Auckland in 16-18 July and Wellington in November. For further information please see the WikiCon pages.

Rolling Meeting Notes and action points (Google docs):

Wikipedia Rapid grant funding report for Auckland WikiCon:

Wikipedia Rapid grant funding application for Auckland WikiCon: -

Planning document (Google docs) for West Coast WikiCon:

Wikipedia Rapid grant funding application for West Coast WikiCon:

Wikipedia Rapid grant funding application for Wellington WikiCon:

Draft InternetNZ grant application text:

2020 Projects and eventsEdit