Today is the last day for applications for crucial governance
roles with New Zealand Rugby League. We are seeking applications
for zone directors for all seven zones on behalf of the independent
appointments panel which manages the director recruitment process.
All board positions are for a term of three years.
The Appointments Panel is charged with ensuring the Board has
collective skills and experience in commerce, finance and
marketing. Board members will also need to have effective
decision-making skills, well-developed relationship-management
skills and sound judgement.
The games' domestic governance model is based on seven
The board is responsible for ensuring sound governance practices
and processes, setting clear goals and measurable targets within
the sport of rugby league in New Zealand.
Application forms can be downloaded here. All
applications will be treated in strict confidence and must include
a CV, covering letter and a completed application form.
Applications close at 5pm today - Friday, March 7, 2014.
NZ Kiwis team-mates Issac Luke (Rabbitohs) and Frank-Paul
Nu'uausala (Roosters) will be on opposing sides when their teams
face off in the first round of the NRL season, kicking off Thursday
Despite playing alongside each other in the World Cup final, there
will be no quarter given in this much-anticipated opening
The Rabbitohs will be looking to Luke, who has played 150
first-grade games for the club, to carry on from where he left off
last season, with his strong runs from dummy-half causing the
opposition headaches, while the Roosters will need Nu'uausala to
continue his hard running close to the line, which saw him score
three tries for the Kiwis in their RLWC campaign last year.
A host of other Kiwis will appear in this game, including Bryson
Goodwin (Rabbitohs), and Roosters Shaun Kenny-Dowall, Roger
Tuivasa-Sheck, Jared Waerea-Hargreaves, Sam Moa, Sonny Bill
Williams, Frank-Paul Nuuausala and 19th man Kurt Kara (NZ
Unsurprisingly, the Warriors side to take on the Eels on Sunday
night includes several Kiwis and Junior Kiwis, including Glen
Fisiiahi, Carlos Tuimavave, Manu Vatuvei, Shaun Johnson, Sam
Rapira, Ben Matulino, Simon Mannering (captain), John Palavi, Suaia
Matagi, Sione Lousi and Jerome Ropati (as 18th man).
The most notable selection is former St Paul's College head
prefect Palavi (21), whose 64-game NYC career spanned four seasons,
although he is only making his NRL debut this weekend. Palavi was
in the successful 2011 Junior Kiwis side that beat the Junior
Kangaroos 28-16 at Newcastle. His team-mates that day included
Carlos Tuimavave, Tohu Harris (Storm) and Jason Taumalolo
Other points of interest to Kiwis fans:
Project manager Casey Smith has an amazing
opportunity to showcase her work with the NZRL early childhood
education programme for a high-powered international conference
Later this month, NZ Rugby League will feature in a series of
education expos that showcase how our sport - and others - can
create positive change in our communities.
New Zealand is hosting a the OECD Education Leaders Forum,
focused on the teaching profession, and part of that will be
Festivals of Education in Auckland, Wellington and
The Ministry of Education has chosen three early-learning
initiatives that portray excellence in education and our Playgroups
in Clubs programme is one of them.
We have a space of 6mx4m for an interactive stall, with about
6000 people coming through each day. We'll be showcasing what we do
in the playgroups and why we do it.
It feels great to be recognised like this, because in the
beginning, I didn't know where to start and didn't really have
anything to measure success against.
For the ministry to include us in this initiative is a good
indicator that we're doing something right.
This is a way to help clubs - they benefit through growing their
volunteer capacity and also just helping their families.
There are a lot of league families with issues off the field and
that impacts on the field as well.
We really want to make league clubs the hub of their communities
and this playgroup initiative is one programme that can help in
We have three in South Auckland and support two others - Manukau
and Waiuku - that already have playgroups of their own. There are
another five coming on stream over the next few months.
It's fully funded by the ministry, which is starting to look at
new ways of engaging early learning in families and are looking at
spaces that people already come to naturally.
It's using league to reach people.
We've always have about 15-20 kids in our playgroups and that's
quite good in that area, where a typical group will struggle to
Around the Waikato region, there are a lot of clubs waiting for
me to head down there, but the ministry really want the Auckland
region to be covered first.
I've also had a few enquiries from Northland, where I think
clubs see this programme as a way they can build their clubs
It's hard work, but it's been rewarding.
The Festivals of Education are scheduled for
Auckland's Viaduct Events Centre on March 21-24, TSB Bank Arena and
Frank Kitts Park in Wellington on March 29, and Wigram Air Force
Museum in Christchurch on March 23.
After more than seven years with NZ Rugby League, Dain
Guttenbeil will leave his role as community development general
manager at the end of this month.
Guttenbeil has been one of the real drivers of our "more than
just a game" message and is contracted until the end of August to
continue his work in this field, including the NZRL Community Sport
Plan and League4Life Foundation project.
"It is time to look at new challenges, and find some balance in
life for me and my family, as I finish my MBA studies this year,"
"I'd like to personally thank everyone for the many years of
effort and support you've shown, as we have strived to rebuild the
sport of rugby league in New Zealand, and the image of the NZRL and
"I believe this is something we have achieved and I stand very
proud of all we have achieved for the game."
Meanwhile, NZRL will consider how Guttenbeil's role will be
filled in the long term.
"Dain has been an integral part of this organisation during a
pivotal period for rugby league," says chief executive Phil Holden.
"His work in the social development sector has really given us a
point of difference over other sports.
"He's a man of great ability and we certainly wish him well for
his future endeavours."
New Zealand Rugby League has joined a drive to register a new
top-level domain name, as the internet undergoes a significant
change in the way it looks and reads.
New Zealand will be among the first countries to launch a new
domain - .kiwi - which is available now through an exclusive
registration period for trademark holders, known as "Sunrise".
NZRL is one of those taking early advantage of this period to
apply for a .kiwi domain name.
"A .kiwi domain name is a great fit for our organisation," says
NZRL commercial general manager Sarah Lewis.
"It helps us express who we are as an organisation and it
connects to our national identity. It says much more about our
organisation than our existing domain names.
"We're in the process of developing our strategy for how we're
going to make the most out of the .kiwi domain name, but the first
step for us was taking advantage of the Sunrise period."
Trademark holders have until March 17 to secure their trademark
as a .kiwi domain name. After that, Dot Kiwi will review the
applications and will immediately register any domain names with
only one valid applicant.
If there are more than one applicant for the same domain name,
Dot Kiwi chief executive Tim Johnson says all parties will be
invited to bid for the domain name.
.kiwi is one of hundreds of new domain names launching online.
In mid-March, .kiwi will become one of the first in the world to
officially launch to the public, meaning all New Zealanders will be
able to register .kiwi domain names and immediately activate
NZRL has registered a range of rugby league domain names,
including kiwis.kiwi, and all its zones and national competition
For trademark holders wanting to take advantage of the
Sunrise period they should visit https://dot-kiwi.com/sunrise