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Australia

Published on April 13th, 2014 | by Robbie Joseph

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Panz – Pan Australia and New Zealand

The steelbands in Australia and New Zealand have recently been organising themselves for the future.  As a result Panz has now been formed.

About PANZ – (http://www.panz.org.au/)

At the inaugural Australian Steelband Festival in Marysville, Victoria, a decision was taken to create a regional steelband association.

In July 2013 PANZ (Pan Australia and New Zealand) was formed.

In August 2013 PANZ Inc became an incorporated association, registered in Queensland.

PANZ aims are encompassed in its objects of association:

Within the context of Australia and New Zealand, PANZ aims to:

1. provide a focal point of contact for steelbands and steelpan players

2. promote and foster steelbands

3. plan steelband development activities such as workshops which may include visiting overseas pan players

4. plan and produce regular steelband festivals, and other regional events

5. work with educational authorities to promote and develop steelbands in schools

6. seek and secure funding to assist with the association’s activities.

Membership of PANZ is open to all individuals and steelbands in Australia and New Zealand. Membership classes and annual fees ($Australian) are:

• Individual: $25

• Band: $150

• Junior band: $75

The inaugural Committee consists of:

President: Lennox Jordan (president@panz.org.au)

Vice-President: Rita Seethaler (vicepresident@panz.org.au)

Secretary: Linda Fullerton (secretary@panz.org.au)

Treasurer: Mel Miller (treasurer@panz.org.au)

PANZ has embarked over several months to focus on a Strategic Plan which describes the status of bands in Australia and New Zealand, and priority actions for the future.  The Strategic Plan has been finalised and can be viewed at: : https://www.dropbox.com/s/jvekcs1h9pcf7yr/PANZ%20Strategic%20Plan%20Final%20Apr%202014.pdf


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