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New Database

On Sunday 25th February 2024, Mr. Simon Lloyd-Evans facilitated a workshop for an expanded IT committee, tackling the monumental task of preparing for the development of a new ITKD database. Over the years, the IT committee has been working behind the scenes to future-proof our database system, originally established and maintained by Mr. Neil Breen since 1990.

With Mr. Breen's assistance, the planning workshop meticulously reviewed every major function of our current database, assigning each to categories of MUST-have, SHOULD-have, COULD-have, and WON'T-have. This data will serve as the foundation for the specifications we furnish to potential database solutions.

Remarkably, the committee swiftly covered more than 250 items in under 4 hours—an impressive feat. Beyond anything else, this exercise underscored to all attendees the exceptional nature of our current database system and prompted gratitude towards Mr. Breen for his extensive work over the years.

In attendance at the meeting were: Simon Lloyd-Evans (facilitator), Alex Hayton (CEO), Neil Breen (our current database engineer), Paul McPhail (webmaster), Shirley Pygott (database manager), and IT committee members: Brett Kraiger, Dave Blackwell, Phil Moore and Shane Rogers.

International Women's Day Campaign - March 2024

Dear ITF Members,

I hope this email finds you well. On behalf of the ITF Women’s Committee, we are excited to share with you our first campaign and we would be so honored to have you a part of it. As you may be aware, the International Women’s Day occurs on March 8th. The global campaign theme for International Women’s Day 2024 is “Inspire Inclusion”. Inspiring others to understand and value women’s inclusion and empowering women can only lead to a better organization. This campaign is represented by the symbol of the “heart shape” hand.

This year, the ITF Women’s Committee is committed to inspire inclusion and to celebrate females in Taekwon-Do. Collectively, we would like to forge a more inclusive Taekwon-Do experience for women of all ages worldwide.

As part of this campaign that we will be celebrating the entire month of March, we are strongly encouraging organizations and even Dojangs to celebrate with us by organizing something for Women’s Day. It could be a seminar, a training, a Zoom meet-up or even just a small get-together. We ask that if they decide to post anything on their social media, that they take a picture of the group with the heart-shape hand symbol and tag us and use #InspireInclusion and #ITFWomensCommittee so we can repost on our social media and help us celebrate with them.

We are so grateful for your consideration. Please don't hesitate to reach out if you have any questions.

Best regards,
Brigitte Morris
ITF Women's Committee Chairperson

New Board Member

The ITFNZ Board is pleased to announce Fiona Parrant’s appointment to the Board.

Fiona rejoins Taekwon-Do after some time away. She is a 1st Dan, Assistant Instructor and was Central Districts Regional Manager.

Fiona is currently the CEO of the Birthright Hawke’s Bay Child and Family Care Trust. The Trust provides a range of Social Services and Early Childhood Education in Hawke’s Bay through strength–focused services that change lives.
Fiona has strong governance experience and training, including the School Board for 6 years, and is Chair of the NZ Alzheimers Advisory Group.

Nick Lourantos is delighted “we are very fortunate to have someone like Fiona on the Board, as an independent, combining her business skills and experience, with a Taekwon-Do background.”

Fiona will fill the current Appointed Director vacancy up to the 2024 AGM, and the Appointments Board has indicated it will then re-appoint Fiona for a new 3-year term.

Nick Lourantos
ITFNZ Board Chair

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