Rugby league is a sport for all New Zealanders, played from the grassroots level to the international stage. The sport is ‘More Than A Game’; it is part of our country’s social fabric and has a critical role in developing young men and women in our communities.

Through the ‘More Than A Game’ philosophy NZRL aspires to transform lives and community wellbeing through rugby league.

Underpinning this philosophy is ‘The Kiwi Way’ – our organisational ethos representing the culture instilled within all those involved in rugby league.
• We are diverse, we call New Zealand home, and we are all Kiwis.
• We are inclusive, respectful and humble
• We are responsible
• We are innovative and courageous
• We are family first
• We live and play The Kiwi Way every day.

In 2019, NZRL developed a new strategic blueprint to take it forward to 2025. More Than A Game is central to the new strategy.

Our Goals
• Rugby league enjoyed by more people
• A financially sustainable NZ Game
• Women’s game thriving and enhanced opportunities for women in the game
• Kiwis and Kiwi Ferns inspirational & aspirational
• NZRL to be a model modern sports organisation
The Board comprises seven directors; four appointed and three elected. Of the seven, there must be three Rugby League Knowledgeable and three Independent Directors. A Board Appointment Panel, comprising of two independent Sport NZ representatives, an individual nominated from the Zones and a nominee of the NZRL board, is convening this appointment process.
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The Panel is seeking applicants for two Appointed (Independent) Director vacancies and one Elected Director vacancy. One of the incumbent Appointed Directors is standing again for a second term.
All board members need to: demonstrate governance knowledge and leadership, apply a future-focused mindset, understand confidentiality, contribute to highly functional board dynamics and be able to work collaboratively within a high trust environment.

The board is continually seeking to appoint people who bring diversity of thought and perspective to enhance board decision making. Accordingly, the board encourages applications from Women, Taangata Whenua, Pasifika, Other ethnicities, Individuals with a disability, The LGBTIQ community, and Provincially based individuals.
Candidates who have the skill sets set out below and who can bring an element of diversity and strategic thinking to the current board mix will be looked upon favourably by the Appointments Panel.
The desirable skill set and experience the Panel is looking for the Appointed Directors are as follows:

Appointed Director (Vacancy 1)
• Experienced Director, ideally with commercial board exposure
• Previous experience as Chair – necessary
• Strong legal background – necessary

Appointed Director (Vacancy 2)
• Experienced Director, ideally with commercial board exposure
• Connections to philanthropic networks
• Experience in digital media and broadcasting
• Previous experience on an Audit & Risk sub-committee
The desirable skill set and experience the Panel is looking for in the Elected Director include:
• A connection with disability sports
• Zone, District, Affiliate or other board governance experience is preferred
• A strong connection to the game of rugby league either through playing at an elite level, administration, management, coaching or other roles within the sport.
• Able to distinguish between the separate but complementary roles of governance and management, and the need to act in the best interests of the NZRL at all times

Applications for the Elected Director need to be supported by a nomination letter from an NZRL member (Zone or Affiliate) and written acceptance of that nomination by the nominee. Nomination letter templates are available if required.

Time commitment and term As a guide, we expect an average time commitment around 2 days each month per Director. Full day board meetings are held monthly in Auckland or via audio visual.
We anticipate the roles starting immediately after the AGM on 26 June 2021. Terms are four years and directors are eligible for re-appointment or re-election for one further term.
Remuneration Directors fees are set at $12,000 per annum.

All applicants should be available for interview by Zoom on the morning of 31 May 2021.
To Apply To apply for this role please do so online at
The closing date for applications is 5.00pm Friday 21st May 2021.