A lack of leaders has spelt the demise of the Mosgiel Guides,
a presence on the Taieri for more than 100 years.
The decision to close all guiding groups in the Taieri
district was not taken lightly, guiding development manager
Rosemarie Thomas, from GirlGuiding New Zealand, said.
''GirlGuiding New Zealand is dependent on the availability of
trained volunteer leaders to deliver our programme for girls.
At this point in time, we do not have volunteers who are able
to deliver the programme in this district.''
There had been guiding groups in the Mosgiel district since
early last century, she said.
The Mosgiel group served the Mosgiel and Outram areas and
about 50 girls were affected by the change.
Parents had been advised of the situation and other units in
Dunedin had been offered to them.
Aotearoa Region, which delivers a remote web-based programme
for girls who do not have a unit close to them, had also been
offered as an option.
GirlGuiding New Zealand hoped to be in a position to offer
guiding in the Taieri district again as soon as it had
volunteers available to do it locally, she said.
A family member of a guide contacted the Otago Daily
Times about the closure to say she was shocked and
disappointed by the news, which she said was delivered to
parents at the guides' end-of-year break-up.
She did not want to be named for fear of embarrassing her
relative, but said the girl had been involved for several
years. She had planned to return to guides next year and was
very sad about not being able to in Mosgiel.
The Girl Guides Hall in Gordon Rd was demolished earlier this
year to make way for a supermarket development.