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Mills awarded ARL Life Membership

Mills awarded ARL Life Membership

March 24, 2018

Auckland Rugby League Media

For immediate release

The Auckland Rugby League has today awarded Brian Mills Life Membership to the organisation, in recognition of his nearly three decades of service to the local game.

Mills, who joined the ARL in 1989 as an executive director and has been the organisation’s accountant ever since, received the honour at the Auckland Rugby League’s 108th AGM on Saturday.

In addition to his other achievements, Mills is credited for implementing the ARL club accounting system and was a key figure in the formation of the then-named Auckland Warriors.

ARL general manager Greg Whaiapu said Mills boasted an impressive rugby league CV.

“Brian’s strong fiscal understanding and management has contributed significantly to the game here in Auckland, and in fact on a national scale through his previous work with the New Zealand Rugby League and the Warriors,” Whaiapu said.

“To this day he continues to serve the game, and it’s great to see Brian receiving this honour.”

Distinguished Service Awards were given to Cherie Waters (Pakuranga Jaguars), JD Rawiri (Manukau Magpies), Bob O’Brien (New Lynn Stags), Kevin Smith (Hibiscus Coast) and Pauline Dumper (Otahuhu Leopards), recognising 15 years or more in the game.

The Simons Scroll was given to Hibiscus Coast Raiders chair Karen Gibbons, while Club of the Year was awarded to the Northcote Tigers.

ARL director Greg Steed was also re-elected to the board for a further term.


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