Women's marching had its genesis as an organised sport during the depression years of the 1930s. At that time many New Zealand business houses, which were arranging recreation for their staff, organised teams to compete in athletics and ball games. As such competitions usually included a compulsory march past of teams, the sponsors soon had the idea of training special teams for this event. The new sport proved popular, especially among those who were unwilling to participate in the more strenuous events. From these beginnings the girls' marching movement expanded until many centres had their competition organisations and inter-city tournaments were instituted.