Parliament

Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search

 

Special award for top referee

22 June 2005

Special award for top referee

Sport and Recreation Minister Trevor Mallard presented international rugby referee Paddy O'Brien with a special award for his contribution to sports officiating today.

"Paddy is retiring at the top of his game after more than 20 years of refereeing. He has made a huge contribution to rugby refereeing in New Zealand and throughout the world," Trevor Mallard said.

"He was one of New Zealand's first professional rugby referees and is the most capped with 37 tests to his name. As one of our most recognisable faces in sports officiating, rugby just won't be the same without him.

"Paddy has been recognised by his sport - winning the New Zealand Rugby Referee of the Year award six times. In recognition of his contribution to officiating in general, I am pleased to present a special award to Paddy to acknowledge his achievements."

Trevor Mallard presented the award to Paddy at the launch of the Sport Canterbury Regional Officials Network, in Christchurch today.

Trevor Mallard also announced the expansion of the Prime Minister's Scholarship programme to include sports officials. New Zealand's top referees, umpires and judges will be eligible to apply for the scholarships valued up to $10,000 a year.

"This type of recognition for our top sports officials is well overdue. We have some very talented and highly rated international sports officials in New Zealand, such as Paddy O'Brien, and they deserve to be recognised and supported," Trevor Mallard said.

Paddy's achievements have already been acknowledged twice this year. He received the Officers Award of the New Zealand Order of Merit in the Queen's Birthday Honours and was recently appointed as referee manager at the International Rugby Board.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Peters/Ardern Triumph

There are a lot of good reasons to feel joyful about this outcome. It is what so many young voters – the best hope for the country’s future – wanted.

Far more important than the implications for the Economy Gods ( is the dollar up or down? ) last night’s outcome will also mean many, many vulnerable New Zealanders will have a better life over the next three years at least.

Yet the desire for change was in the majority, across the country..>>>More


Reaction

Labour on its agreement |Peters: Post-Election Announcement Speech | Greenpeace “cautiously hopeful” about new Government | ACT - Madman on the loose | E tū ecstatic | Chamber welcomes the outcome | Greens on their joining Govt | EDS welcomes new govt | Immigrant groups worry | Feds ready to engage new coalition government | Labour Ministers of the Crown announced

 

Climate: Increasing Greenhouse Emissions Hit NZ

New Zealand is seeing impacts of excess greenhouse gas emissions in our climate and oceans, according to the latest national report from the Ministry for the Environment and Stats NZ about the state of the atmosphere and climate…More>>

ALSO:


Wellington.Scoop: Arrests At Blockade Of "Weapons Expo"

“We encourage people in Wellington to get down to the Westpac Stadium now for a day of awesome peace action. There will be plenty of food, music and activities to keep us sustained through the day.” More>>

ALSO:

Rorschach Restructuring: PSA Taking Inland Revenue To Court Over Psychometrics

The Public Service Association will be seeing Inland Revenue in Employment Court over its intention to psychometrically test employees reapplying for their roles at the department as part of its controversial Business Transformation restructuring plan. More>>

ALSO:

Nuclear Disarmament: Nobel Peace Prize 2017 Awarded To ICAN

Congratulations from iCAN Aotearoa New Zealand to international iCAN, the other iCAN national campaigns and partner organisations, and the countless organisations and individuals who have worked so hard for a nuclear weapons-free world since 1945. More>>

ALSO:

Expenses: Waikato DHB CEO Resigns

An independent inquiry has identified that Dr Murray had spent more than the agreed $25K allocated for relocation costs, and other unauthorized expenses involving potential financial breaches of the chief executive’s obligations. More>>

ALSO:

Wellington.Scoop: Sad About The Trolley Buses?

The Regional Council’s MetLink is today spending money to tell us that it really loves Wellington’s trolley buses, even though they’re all being taken off our roads by the end of this month. More>>

ALSO:

Post-Election: Preliminary Coalition Talks Begin

New Zealand First will hold post-election preliminary discussions in Wellington with the National Party tomorrow morning and the Labour Party tomorrow afternoon. More>>

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election