Position Brief
New Zealand Rugby League INC      


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 four Independent Directors.  A Board Appointments 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.

For more information on the organisation, please visit www.nzrl.co.nz


The Panel is seeking applicants for two Appointed (Independent) Director vacancies. 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 be able to work collaboratively within a high trust environment and have an understanding and appreciation of Te Tiriti o Waitangi.

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, Tangata 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
  • Qualified Chartered Accountant
  • Financial acumen with an enquiring mind
  • Past Experience in Audit and Risk, ideally as a Chair of an Audit and Risk Committee

Appointed Director (vacancy 2)

  • Experienced Director, ideally with commercial board exposure
  • Experience in strategic planning and business transformation
  • Connections to business and philanthropic networks

Time commitment and term
As a guide, we expect an average time commitment around two 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 16 July 2022.  Terms are four years and directors are eligible for re-appointment for one further term.

Directors fees are set at $12,000 per annum.


All applicants should be available for interview by Zoom on 31 May 2022.

To Apply
Applications should be emailed to: jane.moore@nzrl.co.nz please or apply online at www.appointbetterboards.co.nz

The closing date for applications is 5.00pm Friday 6 May 2022.