Art & Entertainment | Book Reviews | Education | Entertainment Video | Health | Lifestyle | Sport | Sport Video | Search

 


Friend makes NZRL history

June 25, 2014

Friend makes NZRL history

Veteran administrator Cathy Friend has become New Zealand Rugby League’s first female life member at the national organisation’s annual meeting in Auckland.

Friend (80) comes from one of game’s most distinguished families – brother Ian Bell played alongside nephews Dean Bell and Clayton Friend (Cathy’s son) for the Kiwis against Papua New Guinea in 1983.

She has served the sport for more than 60 years and was one of the driving forces behind the NZ Maori participation at the 2000 Rugby League World Cup, subsequently earning the Maori Sports Administrator of the Year award.

Friend was also awarded a Queen’s Service Medal for her contribution to rugby league. She is a life member of the NZ Maori Rugby League, Auckland Maori Rugby League and Auckland Rugby League, and has previously received an NZRL Distinguished Service Award.

This year’s Distinguished Service Award winners are Kevin Bailey of Auckland, Dave McLeod of Auckland, Ray Fitiao of Dunedin and Sonny Rata of Palmerston North.

Fissenden to chair NZRL board
Aucklander Garry Fissenden has been installed as new chairman of New Zealand Rugby League.

Previous chair Scott Carter officially stood down at the annual meeting today, after five years at the helm and three leading the Rugby League International Federation.

Fissenden was confirmed by a board vote after the annual meeting, with NZRL life member Ray Haffenden retaining his position as vice chairman.

Fissenden has been an NZRL director since 2009 and is currently chief executive of the Skills industry training organisation.

His extensive business background as a chief financial officer, and technology and operations general manager has already been of tremendous benefit to NZRL, and that promises to continue into a new era.

“I’m extremely humbled by the appointment,” says Fissenden. “My day job is all about stakeholder management, so I’m a massive fan of communication, transparency, integrity and professionalism.

“That’s my style, but I think it’s also a good fit for the changing environment we find ourselves in.

“We’ve got a new strategy for the future and I’m excited by the opportunity to help lead it.”

During his league playing career, Fissenden turned out as prop for Te Atatu Roosters.

The annual meeting confirmed the re-appointment of incumbent John Bishop and addition of newcomer Tim Gibson to the board, but NZRL has chosen to re-advertise the elected director vacancy.

New pathways opening for youth
A series of rugby league academies around the country may soon prepare New Zealand’s burgeoning talent for professional and international careers.

The scheme, designed to keep homegrown players in New Zealand longer before trying their hands in the NRL, was floated by NZ Rugby League high performance general manager Tony Iro at the organisation’s annual meeting.

About 40% of NRL first grade and U20 rosters are made up of players with Kiwi heritage, so NZRL wants to improve their chances of success by better preparing them for the on-field and off-field pressures at the next level.

The academies are planned to begin in November, would run over summer months and culminate in a representative competition next March/April.

They would target 15-18 year olds and put special emphasis on educational achievement.

Iro also proposed more representative opportunities for players, including age-group fixtures between NZ resident teams and expatriate Kiwis based in Australia.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 
Werewolf: Katniss Joins The News Team

From the outset, the Hunger Games series has dwelt obsessively on the ways that media images infiltrate our public and personal lives... From that grim starting point, Mockingjay Part One takes the process a few stages further. There is very little of the film that does not involve the characters (a) being on screens (b) making propaganda footage to be screened and (c) reacting to what other characters have been doing on screens. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Review Of Books: Ko Witi Te Kaituhituhi

Witi Ihimaera, the distinguished Māori author and the first Māori to publish a book of short stories and a novel, has adopted a new genre with his latest book. But despite its subtitle, this book is a great deal more than a memoir of childhood. More>>

Werewolf: Rescuing Paul Robeson

Would it be any harder these days, for the US government to destroy the career of a famous American entertainer and disappear them from history – purely because of their political beliefs? You would hope so. In 1940, Paul Robeson – a gifted black athlete, singer, film star, Shakespearean actor and orator – was one of the most beloved entertainers on the planet. More>>

ALSO:

"Not A Competition... A Quest": Chapman Tripp Theatre Award Winners

Big winners on the night were Equivocation (Promising Newcomer, Best Costume, Best Director and Production of the Year), Kiss the Fish (Best Music Composition, Outstanding New NZ Play and Best Supporting Actress), and Watch (Best Set, Best Sound Design and Outstanding Performance). More>>

ALSO:

Film Awards: The Dark Horse Scores Big

An inspirational film based on real life Gisborne speed-chess coach An inspirational film based on real life Gisborne speed-chess coach Genesis Potini, made all the right moves to take out top honours along with five other awards at the Rialto Channel New Zealand Film Awards - nicknamed The Moas. More>>

ALSO:

Theatre: Ralph McCubbin Howell Wins 2014 Bruce Mason Award

The Bruce Mason Playwriting Award was presented to Ralph McCubbin Howell at the Playmarket Accolades in Wellington on 23 November 2014. More>>

ALSO:

One Good Tern: Fairy Tern Crowned NZ Seabird Of The Year

The fairy tern and the Fiji petrel traded the lead in the poll several times. But a late surge saw it come out on top with 1882 votes. The Fiji petrel won 1801 votes, and 563 people voted for the little blue penguin. More>>

Music Awards: Lorde Reigns Supreme

Following a hugely successful year locally and internationally, Lorde has done it again taking out no less than six Tuis at the 49th annual Vodafone New Zealand Music Awards. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
Culture
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news