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.


You will work in conjunction with Zones and Districts to develop, implement and promote the delivery of programmes that maximise the participation of players and coaches throughout Zones, Districts and Clubs across New Zealand with a particular emphasis on rangatahi and to help ensure delivery of a quality experience for all participants.

You will deliver participation goals through collaborating with Zones, Districts, Clubs and Schools, promoting benefits to participation and driving registration campaigns. This will be carried out in a culturally safe manner and with the participant’s wellbeing to the fore.


  • Outstanding relationship management & leadership skills with ability to build trust & communicate with a wide range of stakeholders including Zones, Districts, Clubs, Schools, community organisations and others.
  • Excellent time management & organisation skills with experience in planning, managing and prioritising multiple and competing tasks and projects to meet deadlines and produce quality results.
  • Can communicate confidently, clearly and articulately in both verbal and written communication with strong presentation skills.
  • A working knowledge and passion for the game of rugby league and all its varied game formats and programmes.
  • Proven ability to manage secondary school-aged participants
  • Experience working/volunteering in community sport, primarily grassroots level
  • Strong cultural awareness & respect of Tikanga Māori & other cultural customs
  • Ability to confidently engage with Māori & Pasifika communities
  • Flexibility to travel nationally and work away from home for periods of time

This is an awesome opportunity to help develop & promote the delivery of Rugby League programmes that grows the participation of players & coaches throughout New Zealand!

APPLICATIONS CLOSE – Friday 7th May, 2021

Download National Game Development Officers (x4) – 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.