Commissioners Andy and Yvonne Westrupp were appointed as Territorial Leaders in January 2018. The Westrupps were most recently leaders of The Salvation Army’s work in Papua New Guinea. They have also served in the Territorial Personnel Department, Divisional Leadership and various corps appointments, including planting (establishing) Johnsonville Corps in Wellington. They are retiring from active service in January 2020.
The New Zealand, Fiji, Tonga and Samoa Territory, (NZFTS) is responsible for all the work of The Salvation Army conducted in all four countries. The work is facilitated through four trusts—one for each country. Each trust has several trustees appointed by the General of The Salvation Army who have delegated their authority (but not responsibility) to the Territorial Governance Board.
Commissioners Andy and Yvonne are the joint denominational leaders for The Salvation Army New Zealand, Fiji, Tonga and Samoa Territory.
As Territorial Commander, Commissioner Andy Westrupp is Chair of the Territorial Governance Board. As Chief Secretary, Colonel Suzanne Fincham is Chair of the Territorial Management Board.
In addition, a number of regionally-based management operations direct the localised work of the Army in New Zealand, Fiji, Tonga and Samoa.
There are also nationally-managed social service programmes: Addictions, Supportive Accommodation and Reintegration Services—ASARS (managed from Auckland); and Social Housing—SASH (managed from Wellington).
The Territorial Governance Board (TGB), chaired by the Territorial Commander (TC) and approved by the General, is charged with the responsibility of governance and the achievement of mission for The Salvation Army in New Zealand, Fiji, Tonga and Samoa.
The Role of the Board
1. To direct, control and oversee The Salvation Army in New Zealand, Fiji, Tonga and Samoa
2. To ensure that the organisation remains aligned to the doctrines, principles and practices of The Salvation Army
3. To review the spiritual tone and leadership of the board with the advice of Cabinet
4. To assist the TC and TPWM in their roles to:
5. To review any policies relating to TSA ministry to ensure that it aligns to TSA doctrine
The Five Functions of Governance
In addition, the role of the board is to ensure that the five functions of governance are effectively carried out in the organisation. They are:
Vision, Mission and Strategy
The board ensures that the vision and purpose of the organisation are clearly defined. Simply stated, the board ensures that the purpose of the organisation is protected and enhanced in all that it does and that it aligns with our mission statement.
Policy Approval and Compliance
The board ensures that the organisation's policies are reviewed and updated regularly to ensure effectiveness and efficiency of operation, compliance with all regulatory requirements, and adherence to organisational values and principles.
The board ensures that the actions and decisions taken are subject to oversight and justification. Accountability to the board includes the obligation to report, explain and be answerable for consequences.
The board ensures the deployment of measurement tools that track progress against purpose and plans, a culture of learning from experience and financial performance measures.
The board ensures the deployment of risk assessment and management tools and internal controls that increase the likelihood of mission effectiveness and efficiency.
The Board's Structure
The board has a total intended membership of 13—being a mix of management, non-executive and independent members. The exact mix of the board may vary as TSA strives to ensure that the diverse nature of our mission and ministry are reflected in the board.
Board committees provide focus for specialised areas of NZFTS ministry and administration. The committees are not decision-making bodies, but rather subsets of the TGB which is the ultimate territorial decision-making body.
General Brian Peddle is the 21st General of The Salvation Army. He took office in August 2018.