Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 

Warren Gatland to receive city ambassadorship award

Warren Gatland to receive city ambassadorship award

16 July 2014

For Immediate Release

________________________________________

Internationally recognised rugby coach and distinguished former international rugby player Warren Gatland will receive an honorary city ambassadorship from Hamilton City Council.

Mr Gatland, who was born and educated in Hamilton, will receive the inscribed medallion at an extraordinary council meeting on July 31. The ambassadorship is given to individuals representing the interests of Hamilton at a national or international level.

The award recognises his long career which has taken him from the sports fields at Hamilton Boys’ High School to his current role as coach of the Welsh rugby team.

This will be Mr Gatland's second accolade of the year - he was made an OBE in the Queen's Birthday British Honours list in June for his services to rugby.

Mr Gatland attended Hamilton Boys’ High School and completed his teacher training at The University of Waikato. He played a record 140 games at hooker for Waikato and was in the team that won over Wales, the British Lions, Argentina and Australia. He was also in the 1993 winning team that lifted the Ranfurly Shield from Auckland. Mr Gatland was first selected as an All Black in 1988 and toured Australia, Canada, Wales and Ireland, France and Argentina, playing 17 non-international matches.

He has been Ireland’s national coach and director of coaching at the London Wasps. He coached Waikato in the early 2000s, and became technical adviser for the Chiefs.

In November 2007 Welsh Rugby Union offered him their top coaching job in on a contract through until after the 2019 World Rugby Cup, making him the longest serving Welsh national coach.

The Ambassador of Hamilton title was awarded for the first time in 2013 to Archbishop Sir David Moxon.

Hamilton Mayor Julie Hardaker says Mr Gatland is a true ambassador for Hamilton.

"Mr Gatland's ties with Hamilton remain strong and he is a passionate and vocal advocate of our city. His achievements on the world sporting stage are legendary, and Hamilton has been the venue for many of these significant sporting accomplishments. Warren Gatland is a household name in Hamilton and New Zealand and I know residents will be delighted to hear he is an official ambassador of our city."

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Bojo Visit

British Foreign Minister Boris Johnson is in town today, just over a year since his political career peaked… and then wobbled off into a grey zone of indecision...

Currently, Johnson is touring the former colonies, talking up the historical ties. More>>

 

PM's Press Conference: Boris, Infrastructure, Immigration, Drugs

Prime Minister Bill English opened this week's post-cabinet press conference by revisiting that day's announcement of 'Crown Infrastructure Partners'... More>>

Employers Pleased: Reports Of Govt Backdown On Low-Wage Immigration

MEA: We are pleased to hear that the Government is planning to review incoming immigration changes with a specific focus on how they will affect the regions. Effectively addressing skills shortages in manufacturing and other sectors needs to remain a core part of our immigration system ... More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Ch-Ch-Changes At IRD

Job cuts aren’t happening at the IRD, exactly. Instead, there’s apparently a ‘transformation’ in store, and jobs won’t be axed ; no, they will be ‘transformed’ before our eyes into… non-jobs, if you happen to be among the unlucky legion of 1,900 who are being lined up for transformation... More>>

ALSO:

Christchurch Mental Health: Hospital Too 'Awful' For Reviewers To Visit

Jonathan Coleman has to stop the stalling over a new building for mental health services in Christchurch to replace the quake damaged Princess Margaret Hospital, says Labour’s Health spokesperson David Clark... More>>

ALSO:

Greens Call For Govt Action: Children Sick Because Of NZ Housing

The Royal Australasian College of Physicians president-elect said today that children with preventable respiratory illnesses are being re-admitted to hospital because they're being sent back to cold, damp homes. More>>

ALSO:

Less Tax Cut, More Spending: Labour Launches Fiscal Plan

“Labour will invest $8 billion more in health, $4 billion more in education and $5 billion more for Kiwi families through Working for Families, Best Start and the Winter Energy Payment than the Budget 2017 projections for the forecast period.” More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Greens’ Room For Political Pragmatism

The Greens here are currently being criticized by the commentariat for not making the same kind of pragmatic choices that sunk the Democrats in Australia. More>>

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election