FIANZ is a federation of seven regional Muslim Associations of New Zealand. It is registered as an Incorporated Society with the Government of New Zealand.
The first Muslim Association in New Zealand was formed in Auckland in the 1950's, and subsequent associations were established in Wellington (1962), Christchurch ( ), Palmerston North ( ) and Hamilton ( ). The most recent Muslim Association was established in Dunedin.
Prior to 1979, their local Regional Associations catered the needs of the Muslim communities. However, as the community grew it became apparent that a national body was required to co-ordinate the activities of the regional Associations, so as to avoid duplication and wastage of effort and resources. Thus, in September 1979, the Federation was established, to represent the interest of all Muslim Associations at the national and international levels.
CONSTITUENTS OF FIANZ
The seven regional Associations that are the members of FIANZ:
- New Zealand Muslim Association Inc., (NZMA), Auckland
- South Auckland Muslim Association Inc., (SAMA), Auckland
- Waikato Bay of Plenty Muslim Association Inc., (WBPMA), Hamilton
- Manawatu Muslim Association Inc., (MMA), Palmerston North
- International Muslim Association of New Zealand Inc., (IMAN), Wellington
- Muslim Association of Canterbury Inc., (MAC), Christchurch
- Otago Muslim Association Inc., (OMA), Dunedin
Each regional association selects its representative(s) to the Council. The Council then selects from within itself the Executive Committee, comprising the President, Vice-President, Secretary General, Treasurer and three members.
The Executive Committee is responsible for the administration of the FIANZ, through its employees and voluntary workers.
Under the auspices of the Council, there are specific working divisions, which implement the policies formulated by the Council.
In 1990 the Council created a business entity called AMANA CORPORATION LIMITED, to generate revenue for the benefit of the Muslim community, so that FIANZ could become self-sufficient.
The Council meets at regular intervals, at least four times each year, to discuss ongoing concerns and plan strategies for the future.
To establish and maintain the highest standard of Islamic practice in accordance with the teaching of the Holy Qu'ran and Sunnah.
To undertake da'wah, education, welfare and other Islamic activities.
To strengthen Islamic unity and assist in the development of the Muslim community.