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NZRL Annual Meeting - New Patron Appointed

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Kiwis captain Benji Marshall w Sir Peter Kiwis v Toa Samoa Oct 2010 Photosport

NZRL held its Annual Meeting (AM) on Saturday March 26, 2011 at Rugby League House, Auckland. Scott Carter, NZRL Board Chairman addressed the meeting and spoke of the key events of the 2010 year, including the focus on growing the game, the wins in the international arena, both on and off the field, and the positives of having a surplus which can be banked for the future.

Jim Doyle, CEO, presented the NZRL's review of 2010 and its focus for 2011, highlighting key areas including: assisting the Zones with their development, rolling out the League 4 Life club development programme, seeking new income streams and further external communication. In addition there will continue to be a focus on Game Development in the areas of National Schools and Referees, and High Performance at age group level as well as the Kiwis.

Alex Hayton, Commercial Manager, told the meeting that the $315,000 profit will be held in reserves, being built for participation in the 2013 Rugby League World Cup. Because NZRL forgoes its broadcasting rights to the RLIF for the World Cup, NZRL will incur a loss in 2013 and have set a target of $800,000 in reserves to cover the loss.

In addition he stressed that it is equally important that the NZRL continue to build reserves to ensure that all implemented programmes can continue to run in the event of any change in financial circumstances.

As part of the formalities of the meeting the Annual Accounts were adopted and the Annual Report presented. The Board made a number of recommendations to the meeting which were approved.

Sir Peter Leitch was appointed as NZRL Patron also for three years, replacing Helen Clark. Scott Carter, NZRL Chairman thanked Helen Clark for her service in this role, which she has held since 2002.

Trevor Maxwell was reappointed President of the NZRL for a further two years.

Meng Foon was elected as an Elected Director for the next three years.

The meeting also approved the change of balance date from 31 December to 31 March, so the next end of financial year will be 31 March 2012, with a 15 month year and the next Annual Meeting will be in June 2012.

Questions from the floor were of a positive and constructive nature and there was strong support for the shape and progress of the NZRL.