NZRL Head Office

Email

admin@nzrl.co.nz

Phone

+64 9 525 5592

Fax

+64 9 525 5596

Physical Address

Level 1, Rugby League House, 7 Beasley Avenue, Penrose, Auckland 1061, New Zealand

Postal Address

PO Box 12 712, Penrose, Auckland 1642, New Zealand

Alex Hayton

Chief Executive

Email

alex@nzrl.co.nz

Phone

+64 9 525 5592

Luisa Avaiki

Well-being & Women's Development Manager

Email

luisa@nzrl.co.nz

Phone

+64 9 525 5592

Kevin Bailey

Football Operations

Email

kevin@nzrl.co.nz

Phone

+64 9 525 5592

Jacob Cameron

General Manager Community

Email

jacob@nzrl.co.nz

Phone

+64 9 525 5592

Nadene Conlon

NZ Kiwi's Team Manager

Email

nadene@nzrl.co.nz

Phone

+64 9 525 5592

Brent Gemmell

General Manager High Performance & Football

Email

brent@nzrl.co.nz

Phone

+64 9 525 5592

Ruth Harknett

Financial Accountant

Email

ruth@nzrl.co.nz

Phone

+64 9 571 3879

Marissa Holland

National Playgroups Manager

Email

marissa@nzrl.co.nz

Phone

+64 9 571 3872 & +64 21 031 7979

Brooke Hurndell

Digital Content Producer

Email

bhurndell@nzrl.co.nz

Phone

+64 9 9 571 3869

Shaun Iwikau

Football Operations Manager

Email

siwikau@nzrl.co.nz

Phone

+64 9 571 3871

James Kemp

Chief Financial Officer

Email

james.kemp@nzrl.co.nz

Phone

+64 9 571 3864

David McMeeken

National Talent Development Manager

Email

david.m@nzrl.co.nz

Phone

+64 21 956 975

Tiana Nepe

Marketing & Sponsorship Assistant

Email

tnepe@nzrl.co.nz

Phone

+64 22 012 6923

Gary Peacham

National Coaching Manager

Email

gary@nzrl.co.nz

Phone

+64 7 858 5388

Craig Priest

Digital Media Coordinator

Email

cpriest@nzrl.co.nz

Phone

+64 021 317 668

Kirsty Sharp

Special projects manager

Email

adminsupport@nzrl.co.nz

Phone

027 458 9641

Nigel Vagana

Well-being & Education Manager

Email

NVagana@nzrl.co.nz

Phone

+64 9 571 3870

Luke Watts

National Referees Manager

Email

luke@nzrl.co.nz

Phone

+64 9 571 3860

NZRL Board

Email

admin@nzrl.co.nz

Phone

+64 9 525 5592

Fax

+64 9 525 5596

Physical Address

7 Beasley Avenue, Penrose, Auckland 1061, New Zealand

Postal Address

PO Box 12712, Penrose, Auckland 1642

Sir Peter Leitch QSM

Patron NZRL

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Howie Tamati

President NZRL

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Reon Edwards

Board Chair

Reon Edwards has a strong commercial background and is currently general manager/director of an international freight forwarding & logistics business. He has also held several directorships, including positions on the board of Ngai Tahu Tourism and Ngai Tahu Seafood. Reon is a former Canterbury Maori and junior representative, who has served three years as Canterbury Rugby League’s chairman and six years on the Southern Zone board. His involvement in rugby league spans more than 35 years. Reon graduated with an MBA in 2011, and also holds qualifications through the Institute of Directors and Mt Eliza Business School. 2010-present – General manager/Director, SB Global Logistics 2012-15 – Chairman, Canterbury Rugby League 2014/15 – Associate director, Ngai Tahu Tourism 2013/14 – Associate director, Ngai Tahu Seafood 2009-15 – Director, NZRL Southern Zone 2013–15 – Export NZ Canterbury Advisory Group 2012–14 – Director, Te Kete O Wairewa 2011/12 – Trustee, Aspire Canterbury

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John Bishop

Board member

A director on the previous NZRL board, John Bishop is a qualified accountant with a strong business background in the finance and insurance sectors. He is an Institute of Directors-accredited director, with governance skills and experience on a number of boards in the not-for-profit and commercial sectors. 2008-present: NZRL board member 2008-present: Board of Rugby League International Federation & the Rugby League World Cup 2013. 2010-13: Trustee, League 4 Life Trust Board 2006-present: Various directorships, including KCL Property Group, Insurance Holdings (Fiji), International Cargo Systems, Mercy Hospice, Kristin School, Storelink Sales, Quantum Funding PTY, Cleeve Transport Group and Reclaim Limited 2003-07: CEO, executive director of a large import distribution business. 1993-2003: Various roles with ASB Bank, including commercial and business banking general manager, and as such, part of the executive management team.

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Bill McEntee

Board Member

As the former owner of McEntee Hire, Bill McEntee is a well-known businessman with many years of Local Board experience.

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Hugh Martyn

Vice Chair

Hugh Martyn, a Christchurch based Director is the current Chairman of City Care Ltd. Martyn transitioned from a role as company lawyer into management in the 1990’s and has held a number of senior management roles since. During this time he has held other Directorships and bring significant high level business experience to the Board.

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Tawera Nikau

Board member

Tawera Nikau (Kiwi #614) is literally a legend of NZ rugby league, having been inducted into the NZRL Legends of League in 2008. That recognition capped a playing career that saw him play 19 tests for the Kiwis (1989-97) and captain the NZ Maori at the 2000 Rugby League World Cup. Nikau played professionally in both England and Australia, helping Castleford to Regal Trophy knockout honours in 1994 and winning an NRL premiership with Melbourne Storm in 1999. Soon after retiring, he lost a leg in a motorcycle accident, but has continued to contribute to the game as a coach, administrator, commentator and selector. Nikau was the inaugural coach of the Wai-Coa-Bay Stallions in the national competition, as well as the NZ Maori team. He has been part of the Maori TV commentary team and served on the Upper Central Zone board. A current NZ Kiwis selector, he is also chief executive of Aotearoa Construction and owner/managing director of Team One Corporate Development, a training company.

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Elizabeth Richards

Board Member

Richards, a Chartered Accountant, has been involved in rugby league in both team management and governance roles. Managing the NZ 18s in 2015 and the Kiwi Ferns since 2016, she is also the Vodafone Warriors Academy and Development Manager. In addition to three years as the Treasurer of the Ponsonby United Rugby League club and three years on the Executive Committee for the National Māori Accountant Network, Richards has been actively involved with development and delivery of governance training programmes in her role in a professional services firm.

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Jennifer Rolfe

Board member

Jennifer Rolfe is an experienced senior marketing executive, having worked with many of New Zealand’s top companies and brands. She is currently managing director of a multi-national advertising company, The Brand Agency. Alongside this, she is is a director of Dunedin Venues Limited (which runs assets, including the Forsyth Barr Stadium) and she also serves on the board of the Cancer Society’s commercial arm, Daffodil Enterprises. Jennifer is a former general manager of Saatchi and Saatchi, and is highly experienced in brand leadership, both locally and internationally. She has commercial and strategic skills, with particular expertise in digital and direct services. March 2010-present: Director of Rolfe Limited, managing director of The Brand Agency April 2011-present, Director of New Zealand Rugby League February 2011-present: Director of Daffodil Enterprises Limited August 2009-current: Board member of Dunedin Venues Management Limited July 2006-March 2010: General manager at Saatchi and Saatchi New Zealand 2008-10: Board member of New Zealand Marketing Association 2008/09: Committee member of Direct Marketing Industry Committee October 2005-July 2006: Executive director at Ogilvy Advertising

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