New Zealand Rugby League (NZRL) has been given a once in a generation opportunity to improve and transform the code as part of the Government’s COVID-19 Sport Recovery Package.
Of this recovery package, Sport NZ’s ‘Strengthen and Adapt’ phase aims to help sector organisations make changes necessary to ensure they are future-proofed in order to operate successfully in the post-pandemic environment.
NZRL completed an in-depth research process involving key rugby league stakeholder groups to determine the code’s current positioning, gaps and pressure points.
Using the feedback and insights gained, NZRL created its ‘Strengthen and Adapt’ response plan, ‘Ngā Ringa Āwhina’ – an initiative designed to support increased capability across the rugby league network at all levels in New Zealand.
The kaupapa of Ngā Ringa Āwhina is ‘the helping or supportive hands’ and encapsulates the concept of working alongside Zones, Districts, Clubs and communities, as a partner, in a mana enhancing way.
Three teams of specialists deployed into regions to upskill and develop existing personnel, support improvements at local club level, and leave resource in place for long term sustainability and support.
Collaboration, respectful dialogue, and mutual accountability.
Thriving rugby league clubs, communities and people.
The four main components of Ngā Ringa Āwhina are as follows:
Ngā Ringa Āwhina Workstreams
Ngā Ringa Āwhina Staff Bios