Boys' Brigade / Iconz Executive

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Richard George Harkness - National President



I have been honoured to visit the places where Sir William Alexander Smith grew up in Glasgow, Scotland; started the Boys Brigade on 4 October 1883 at the Free Church Mission Hall (Glasgow); and see where he rests in peace.  His life:  27.10.1854 – 10.05.1914.  The most important part of Sir William Smith’s dates is not when he lived, but how he lived, what people call the ‘dash’ between his birth and death.  ( - )

I am much inspired by this man, and keen to ‘advance Christ’s Kingdom amongst boys, and to promote habits of obedience, reverence, discipline, self-respect and all that tends towards a true Christian manliness’ through the Boys Brigade Movement.  My hope is that the Movement becomes a household name, and that every lad in New Zealand has opportunity to join our exciting programmes.

I joined the ranks when I was BB age 16 as a Team Section helper for bush craft, ‘bundu’ camps and sports with 16th Harare BB Company, Zimbabwe.  A year later I was a Warrant Officer and in charge of the Team Section.   Two years later I was running 1st Harare Company seeing massive growth from 5 boys to nearly 100 lads every week after I approached some local boarding schools, an orphanage and nearby primary schools.  At BB age 21 I was selected to represent BB Zimbabwe at the Global Conference for young leaders in Auckland, NZ.  At BB age 23 I helped kick start 5th Harare BB Company out of recess, and soon had over 100 boys every week, training in new leaders to take my place when I left for New Zealand, having been accepted as a Candidate for the Order of Sir William under BBNZ (1989) – to work as Youth Coordinator with Plimmerton Presbyterian Church, Wellington.

In the year 2000, I restarted 5th Tauranga BB Company with a dozen Anchor boys, and seeing our numbers double within 2 years. 

I am a member of the (national) Iconz Management Team overseeing the development of Iconz programmes throughout NZ, and we have seen some fantastic growth as God has hugely blessed these new initiatives.  I am excited about the future for the movement in NZ, be it through Boys Brigade Companies, or through Iconz Units – as we have an amazing opportunity to speak into the lives of young men, encouraging them to become Godly Men and Kiwi Greats themselves!   

Michael Good - National Director

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My name is Michael Good, married to Lois with 4 adult children - Jonathan (married to Jessica), Amy (married to Kris and living in Auckland), Natalie and Phillip. I came to faith in Christ at the age of 17 at a camp at Maungatoroto, after involvement in the Youth Group at Lincoln Road Bible Chapel. 

I have a science degree and worked in new product research before moving into sales and marketing of scientific equipment. Lois and I felt Gods call into full time ministry together, particularly with young people, as we had both been involved in a leadership role with youth at our home church of LRBC in Henderson, Auckland. In 1997 we moved with our family to Faith Academy in Manila, Philippines, where we were Boarding Home Parents to some 65 high school students over 6 years. 

On returning from the Philippines in 2004 I took up the role of Youth and Community Pastor at LRBC for a period of 4 years where I was involved in setting up a supporting relationship with Henderson Intermediate School, worked with Waitakere Police Youth Aid in providing Anger Management Counselling for young offenders, as well as leading a very gifted group of young leaders who ran our Youth Group. For 3 years Lois and I were Administrators for Headspace, part of the Youth arm of Global Connections in Mission. Headspace is a mission focused gap year program for high school leavers who spend 10 weeks of the year on mission in Thailand.

I commenced my role as National Director at BBNZ in December 2011 and look forward to what God is continuing to do through this amazing ministry.

Ken Morris - National Treasurer

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I am married to Karen and we have three children Joanna (18), Daniel (16) and Joshua (11), and have lived in Cambridge since 2009. Our interests are cycling, snow skiing, football, walking.

I am a Chartered Accountant, gained an Honours degree of Bachelor of Commerce, and also gained a diploma in Humanities. My employment has given me experience in a number of Financial Accounting, Auditing, and Audit Management roles. My current position is Group Manager, Business Support/Chief Financial Officer for the Waipa District Council.

As a boy I was actively involved in Team Section and Company Sections in Timaru and Balclutha, including a year as Leader-in-Charge of the Team Section at 4th Timaru, and have been an ICONZ Leader at the Raleigh St. Christian Centre in Cambridge since 2011.

I have a strong Baptist heritage and have been Treasurer of the Taupo and Hamilton South Baptist Churches, more recently being actively involved in the Raleigh St Christian Centre since moving to Cambridge in 2009.

My wife Karen and I operate an Event Catering business  Groovy Food Catering Company Ltd  and for 13 years have arranged the full catering service for BYM Easter camps at Mystery Creek in Hamilton. We are also members of the Working Team for that event.

Phil Yeaman - Northern Area Representative



I'm Phil Yeaman. I joined the 1st Leven Boys' Brigade Company in Scotland as an 8 year old a long time ago.

As part of my President's Badge the Queen's Badge I started into Leadership in the "Junior Section" (Team) as a 15 year old.

I then became an Officer in both Junior and Company Sections at 18. I had a break of about 6 years when I returned to my home town and re-joined my Company as Leader-in-Charge of a now dwindling Company Section. My next big thing was to immigrate to New Zealand!

After about 3 years of "laying low" I found my local Baptist Church to have a strange thing called an "ICONZ unit" - so I joined both.

I became Leader-in-Charge there 2 years ago. I also have a bit of fun helping to run and think up games for the Auckland Region Camp on the Regional Activities Organizing Committee.

Boys Brigade has been a very major part of my life so far and I hope it continues for a few years to come.

Brian Best - Central Area Representative

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My association with Boys Brigade began when I was 8 years old when I joined 7thPalmerston North Company. From that day forward BB moulded my life. I was privileged to be appointed Captain of 2ndPalmerston North Company when I was 22 and have remained with 2nd ever since.

It was through BB that I met my wife, Suzanne, who is Captain of the 1st Palmerston North Girls Brigade Company. We have two adult children, Porsha and Nathan, who are also actively involved in BB and GB. As a family we have all gained our Queens Badge/Award.

We attend the Palmerston North Associated Church of Christ to which our companies are attached. In the absence of a full time minister, I assist by regularly preaching and organising Sunday services. 

I work as a Facility Manager at Massey University and also have a background in health & safety management and business continuity planning.

Over many years in Brigade I have seen first-hand lives changed through the friendship, encouragement, challenge and Christian commitment that is a part of being in BB. No other organisation can produce the character in young men that comes from being in Boys Brigade/ICONZ.

Our organisation is needed more than ever before as worldly distractions tug lives in other directions away from the fullness of life that comes from knowing Christ. It is seeing our young lives changed for the better that keeps me committed to BB.

I am committed to support BB/ICONZ as an elected representative for the Central Region. I will do this prayerfully knowing that the Lord has given me experience to use tempered with ability to think strategically to find direction and think laterally to find innovative solutions to problems.

Phil Mardon - Upper South Area Representative



I have been involved in Boys Brigade since I was 6 years old (almost 20 years ago!). I have come up through all sections and gained my Queens Award in 2007. At the end of 2014, I took on the role of Company Captain at the 4th Chch.

I have been a Youth Worker employed through the Church for a number of years, and for the last seven years have been placed in a secular Intermediate School as a Youth Worker. I am also a Governing Church Elder at St Margaret’s Presbyterian Church.

My passion is to see Young People achieve greatness, and to develop into the best version of themselves. We are in a very fortunate position as Officers and Leaders of our boys to help them to do this. I truly believe that we are the tools that God uses to mould and shape our boys into the well-rounded, Godly men that we all have success stories about.

I would love to see all Leaders and Officers be better equipped to build and develop relationships with their boys.

Stefan Grigg - Lower South Area Representative



I am Stefan Grigg. I was born in southern Germany on the 8th day of November 1995, but raised in Invercargill from the age of 2 months by my German mother and Dunedin-born father. I joined the Boy's Brigade at the age of 14, after hearing friend of mine from church rave about the outdoor activities available at the local company. This love for the outdoors abides with me today, but I find less and less opportunity to make the most of the amazing environment in which I now live, (being Tapanui, West Otago) because of other commitments such as Fire Brigade, youth group, and also my job as an apprentice engineer.

I am very zealous about Boy's Brigade here in Southland, having transferred from the 3rd Southland to the 19th at Waikoikoi, close to where I live. My desire is to see the Boy's Brigade continue to father, challenge, affirm, encourage, establish and discipline boys into young men of God, as it has done for so many years.

I am a regular attendee of the monthly Southland BB and ICONZ meetings and a computer whiz.

Youth Representative - Cameron Schaw