New Zealand Rugby League (NZRL) is the governing body for the sport of rugby league in New Zealand. Through its “More Than A Game” philosophy, NZRL aspires to transform lives and community wellbeing through Rugby League.

ABOUT Ngā Ringa Āwhina

Ngā Ringa Āwhina is an initiative designed to increase capability across the rugby league network at all levels in New Zealand. A team of trained and supported specialists will be deployed into regions across New Zealand. Alongside and supporting personnel in the regions they will upskill and develop existing personnel, make immediate improvements where possible, and better support the Zones, Districts and Clubs for the future.

This initiative is aligned to Sport NZ’s objectives for Strengthen and Adapt (i.e. fit for purpose, supporting the needs of participants, driving increased participation and addressing inclusion and diversity gaps) and priority focus areas, in particular integrity, disability, women and girls, governance.

The kaupapa of the project comes from the translation of Ngā Ringa Āwhina meaning ‘helping or supportive hands’ and encapsulates the concept of working alongside Zones, Districts, Clubs and communities, as a partner, enabling them to retain and enhance their mana and independence.


Using ambassadors/champions, in conjunction with specialist local providers, the Community Wellbeing Officer will look to support the local community, through Zones, Districts and Clubs, in areas such as physical & mental health, wellbeing, nutrition, injury prevention & safety, safeguarding of vulnerable people as well as providing vocational and education guidance initiatives.

You will play a key role in ensuring rugby league Zones, Districts and Clubs throughout the country feel supported and cared for by New Zealand Rugby League.


  • Relevant qualifications or professional experience in wellbeing & education
  • Outstanding relationship management & leadership skills with ability to build trust & communicate with a wide range of stakeholders
  • Strong cultural awareness & respect of Tikanga Māori & other cultural customs
  • Ability to confidently engage with Māori & Pasifika communities
  • Excellent time management & organisation skills
  • Strong verbal & written communication skills
  • Self-Motivated with a passion for helping others
  • Flexibility to travel nationally and work away from home for periods of time as required

This is a fantastic opportunity to embed wellbeing in the hearts & minds of grassroot rugby league throughout New Zealand by providing better education & support to communities.

APPLICATIONS CLOSE – Friday 7th May, 2021

Download Community Wellbeing Officer – Ngā Ringa Āwhina – Job Description

To apply, please send your resume and cover letter to: richard@globalelitesports.com. Global Elite Sports (www.globalelitesports.com) have been contracted on behalf of New Zealand Rugby League to manage the recruitment for this position.