The Constitution of the New Zealand Guild of Food Writers was updated in 2016.

The following is an excerpt, click here to download a PDF copy of the NZGFW Constitution


The name of the society is the “The New Zealand Guild of Food Writers Incorporated”.


  • To provide an organisation and forum for professional food journalists and people in allied occupations in order to advance their interests and provide opportunity for liaison between Guild members. To promote and improve communication between food writers and consumers, the food industry generally and Government organisations.
  • To promote and improve the standards of food writing in order to better the health and nutrition of people in New Zealand.
  • To promote and improve the standards of food writing in order to better the knowledge of food and cooking skills of people in New Zealand.
  • To encourage press, radio and the television media and other forms of media in their use of food journalism, to promote the other objects of the Guild and to support such journalism in the media.
  • To promote and disseminate detailed and accurate health and nutrition information for the people of New Zealand.
  • To provide opportunity for training and seminars to assist members of the Guild.
  • To introduce appropriate awards as an incentive to encourage and improve food writing skills.
  • To encourage and facilitate contact with similar overseas organisations.
  • To provide a unified voice in approaches to and dealings with the New Zealand Government with a view to promoting other objects of the Guild.
  • To establish an appropriate resource centre providing information, books, equipment and the like for the benefit of Guild members.
  • To co-operate generally with others in matters of mutual concern and interest.
  • To purchase, hire, make or provide and maintain machinery, motor vehicles, furniture implements, tools utensils, fittings and properties of every description, books, periodicals, stationery and any other thing required or which may be used conveniently in connection with any of the objects of the Guild.
  • To purchase, take on lease, or in exchange or otherwise acquire any lands, buildings, easements or any real or personal property or other thing which may be required for the purposes of or conveniently used in connection with any of the objects of the Guild to sell, convey, transfer, assign, grant easements in respect of mortgage, give in exchange, lease, let out on hire, or otherwise dispose of the same.
  • To construct, improve, alter, maintain any buildings or works necessary or convenient for the purposes of the Guild.
  • To hire and employ and dismiss employees, agents, contractors, consultants and workers and to pay them and other persons in return for services rendered to the Guild, salaries, wages, gratuities and pensions.
  • To invest and to deal with the moneys of the Guild not immediately required upon securities and in such other manner as may from time to time be determined.
  • To borrow or raise and give security for money in such manner as the Guild shall think fit and in particular by the issue of or upon bonds, debentures, promissory notes or other obligations or securities of the Guild secured upon its assets or otherwise or by mortgage or charge upon all or any part of the property of the Guild.
  • To do all such lawful things as are incidental or conducive to the attainment of the above objects or any of them.