Rugby league is a sport for all New Zealanders, played from the grassroots level to the international stage. The sport is ‘more than just a game’; it is part of the social fabric of our country and has a critical role in developing young men and women in some of our most at risk communities. Rugby League Zones are regional based organisations formed to lead, develop, promote and foster Rugby League in the regions.

Zones’ primary responsibilities include:

(a) Administration: to administer, promote and develop the game of Rugby League in the Zone’s geographic area;
(b) Competitions: to hold such regular competitions in the Zone’s geographic area as are able to foster Rugby League with a meaningful competition;
(c) Representative Teams: to operate the representative teams in the National Competitions);
(d) Guidance and Leadership: to provide guidance and exercise leadership in relation to Clubs & Districts and their members under its authority;
(e) Support: to provide support to the activities of any Associate within its geographic region;
(f) Fiscal Management and Sporting Practices: to encourage and support good fiscal management and sporting practices by all persons under its authority; and
(g) Pathways: to facilitate representative pathways for players to compete in national competitions at various levels.

For more information on the organisations, please visit

We’re looking for individuals keen to make a difference to Rugby League in our community. Consequently, Appointed Board Member vacancies for 2018 are as follows:

Northland Zone
4 vacancies
Preferred backgrounds include strategic thinking, financial management, broad networks, planning skills and understanding organisational structures & systems.

Akarana Zone
2 vacancies (1 incumbent re-standing)
Preferred backgrounds include digital and marketing skills.

Counties Manukau Zone
1 vacancy (1 incumbent re-standing)
Preferred background includes strong leadership, vision, business acumen, good negotiator and knowledgeable of the community game & needs.

Upper Central Zone
2 vacancies
Preferred backgrounds include governance skills (ideally in sport), fundraising and HR skills. Must be regularly available and committed to the role.

Mid Central Zone
2 vacancies
Preferred backgrounds include sponsorship, revenue generation and marketing. Financial reporting skills would also be valuable as well as board chairing experience.

Wellington Zone
4 vacancies
Preferred backgrounds include change management, commercial business skills (ability to work ‘on’ rather than ‘in’) and ideally some skills in service design / systems thinking.

Southern Zone
2 vacancies (2 incumbents re-standing)
Preferred backgrounds include financial and business planning skills, strategy and relationship management skills.

Person Specification
All board members need to understand confidentiality, be collaborative in nature, possess sound judgment and be able to demonstrate leadership ability.

Other background and skills that make for strong directors include:

• prior governance experience
• knowledge of, and experience in, the sport of Rugby League
• knowledge of community-based programmes and work with central and local government agencies and commercial sponsors
• occupational skills, abilities and experience
• awareness of conflicts of interest
• general skills in commerce, finance, marketing and business

An appointments panel has been convened to assess applicants, undertake interviews and recommend appointments.

To Apply

To apply for these roles please do so online at (brief registration required). For further information on the role please contact the organisation’s adviser, Simon Telfer, via

The closing date for applications for all Appointed Director positions is 5.00pm on 9 February 2018.