The GSA's Constitution sets out the structure of the GSA, an Incorporated Society, and its functions.  


There are 19 branches located throughout NZ with each branch electing a committee that provides members with information on the GSA’s work, interacts with members on current issues, and arranges activities for members. Branchs issue 2 newsletters yearly together with Annuity News. A secretary is employed at each branch to provide administration services. Contact your branch.

Branches elect delegates to the GSA Council that meets annually to formulate policy and elect a Board to govern the business operations of the organisation.

The Council
The Council is the supreme governing and policy-making body of GSA and comprises two delegates from each of the 19 branches and Board members. Branch delegates and the President are entitled to vote.

The Board
The Board conducts the business of the Association between meetings of Council and gives effect to its policies.

Board members comprise the President, Vice-President and five other members all elected at Council, and up to two additional members appointed by the Board.

Members of the 2024/25 Board are:

President:   Alan Straker (Marlborough)
Vice-President:  Sandra Gusscott (Auckland)

John Beckham (Southland), Anne Gover (Southland), Michael Law (Waikato/King Country), Alan Peck (Wellington), Roger Openshaw (Manawatu)

Executive Officer
The current Executive Officer, Lyn Buxton, was appointed in June 2023 by the Board to manage the operations of GSA.

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