About us

Christchurch Athenians is part of Toastmasters International, a world leader in communication and leadership development. Toastmasters has over 357,000 members worldwide, and Athenians is one of 33 clubs located here in Christchurch, New Zealand.

Each Toastmasters club has a unique culture and way of doing things – so if you don’t find what you’re looking for in one club, you may find it in another.

How you’ll learn

Why Athenians?

Christchurch Athenians is a small, friendly and diverse club that feels like whānau. We support each other, share our knowledge and have lots of laughs. With members from all walks of life and ranging in age from 21 to 90-something, we also hear fantastic stories every week!

How we’re run

Toastmasters is a non-profit organisation, and every Toastmasters club is lead by a team of volunteers – the club officers. The officers keep the club running smoothly from week to week. They also form the club’s executive committee, and meet monthly to manage club business and admin.

Our club officers have an opportunity to gain practical leadership experience, while helping Athenians to be a successful club. It’s a win-win! This is part of the brilliance of Toastmasters – learning by doing.

What keeps me coming back is the people that are here… they’re all really lovely and they’re all really supportive… it’s just really good fun!

Donna C.

It’s an awesome, supportive environment that Christchurch Athenians Toastmasters offers, and Toastmasters is a great way to learn and be educated – every time you come.

Thomas B.

“A year from now you will wish you had started today.”

– Karen Lamb

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