Wellington, July 5, 2017
The Government has announced a suite of new appointments to a range of sports boards.
I believe that strong leadership which sets a clear strategic direction is important for our sport boards in New Zealand. To achieve this a diverse range of people, skills and backgrounds are needed.
Joining the Sport New Zealand board are experienced sport administrator Hilary Poole and former New Zealand Hockey captain Kylie Clegg.
Olympic cyclist Sarah Ulmer has been reappointed to the Drug Free Sport Board for a further year. Keven Mealamu former All Black and World Cup winner, has also been appointed to the board for a three-year term.
Former Silver Ferns Coach, Ruth Aitken joins the New Zealand Sports Tribunal for a five-year term. Ms Aitken has recently returned from heading Singapore’s national netball programme and holds a high-performance management role with the Waikato-Bay of Plenty Magic netball team.
Doug McKay has also been re-appointed for a further three-year term to the Eden Park Trust Board, which he currently chairs.
Mr McKay’s leadership and commercial experience as a director of major New Zealand companies brings critical leadership to the board particularly as it develops a new financial strategy for a premier sport stadium in Auckland.
These new appointments all bring significant knowledge and experience to their roles and will be an asset to their respective Boards.
I would also like to acknowledge the outgoing Board members for their service.
Jonathan Coleman is Sport and Recreation Minister of New Zealand.