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
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
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
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
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