Rugby League Northland

Rugby League Northland Staff

16Phil Marsh – Community Manager

M:  021 2472 458
E:  philm@rln.co.nz

Hailing from Utakura the birth place of The Hokianga Pioneers, Phil has been involved in the game of league for a very long time.  Rugby league runs through the veins of his whanau with the involvement of his father who played and coached Premier Rugby League in Auckland.  Phil is married with three daughters all of whom support his appointment and his passion for the game.

Phil has played and coached from grassroots to National level, and as a Manager of a local Community Enterprise for over 15 years has gained valuable knowledge on how to run an organisation to best meet the needs of its stakeholders.

With his knowledge of the local communities and people this will hugely contribute in achieving growth and support of the game of Rugby League in Northland.

Cori Paul – Development Manager

M:  021 775 392
E:  corip@rln.co.nz

Born and raised in Papatoetoe, South Auckland, from a family of two sisters and one brother. Like most families involved in sport, growing up playing weekend sport in the morning and following Dad around the Rugby League fields of Auckland were the main activities in the household for many years.

I have been living in the Northland region for close to 27 years and come from Wainui Bay in the Bay of Islands. Northland is my home. My partner Gemma is a Venue and Events coordinator at Whangarei District Council incorporating the operations of Semenoff Stadium, our daughter Calais is a radiation therapist at Auckland hospital and our three boys (Deon – 18, Cobe – 17 and Chase 15)  keep busy with an apprenticeship, tertiary aspirations and getting through high school exams respectively.

I have been involved in a multitude of industries in my working life ranging from quality control processing to mechanical repairs to disability sport and secondary school sport administration. This experienced has allowed me to develop different skills around planning and managing projects and people.

Coaching began for me in 2006 when my daughter decided she wanted to play netball for Whangarei Primary School and although I had no idea about the sport, I enjoyed every aspect of it which lead me to become accredited in the Sport industry through the NorthTec Sports and Recreation programme. While I have coached junior Rugby League, Rugby, Football and Netball teams I have recently been heavily involved in coaching Rugby at Club and Representative age group level.

I am passionate about Northland and junior sport. I am excited to have the opportunity to develop and grow Rugby League in Northland and a challenge I am looking forward to. I believe growing our players holistically is the key in making sure that we not only have fantastically talented players representing our region but also developing our players as good people.

Henry Wiki – Mid/Far North Development Officer

M: 021 345 338
E:  henryw@rln.co.nz 

Kia Ora Koutou katoa,

  • Nō Moerewa ahau.
  • E noho ana ki Moerewa inaianei.
  • Ko te Whānau Wiki ahau

Growing up in Moerewa like most tamariki in Aotearoa I wanted to play for the All Blacks. At the age of 13 I played my first game of rugby league and everything changed. I still played rugby on Saturdays but we would play league on Sundays as young teens. Moerewa is the home of the Moerewa Tigers RLC who is a very proud and community driven Rugby League club that has been operating for over 50 years consecutive.

I have had the privilege of playing premier footy for this club from 2004-2010 winning only one Grand final in that period which was the year 2007. I moved to WA Perth Australia in 2010 to chance the coin. I ended up playing a couple seasons for South Perth Lions RLC. While over there it really opened my eyes to the importance of living for today and that money comes and goes meaning money isn’t everything. I moved home 2016.

Won 2017 RLN competition under Pete Prime as our coach. We are now in the year 2020 I’ve been player coach from 2018-2020. 2018 we lost quite convincingly to Takahiwai in the semifinal. 2019 and 2020 we have taken the chocolates with undefeated seasons in the TRL competition.

My most proudest moment thus far since being home in the rugby league world would be this year 2020 running a kids league festival in Moerewa where we had 4 clubs from the Far North and a total of 16 teams participate.

I don’t come with a lot of rep footy experience. But what I do know, looking back now is that I didn’t give my self half the chance because of my decision making as a young lad. I’m really pleased to be in this role where I can give back to our Rangatahi because they need it the most. My goal is to build relationships with our Rangatahi help our them reach there full potential  in whatever it is they want to pursue.

Whakawhanaungatanga.

  • Working experience, attended the university of Moerewa “AFFCO”
  • Australia  SCAFFOLDING
  • Back to NZ, purchased a contracting business sold that and now I’m here.

I have a young Whanau 3 tamariki years 7, 5 and 2. Two girls and a boy the young fulla is stuck in the middle. And my wife Melissa Wiki who does everything.

No reira tena koutou katoa.

Teri Tito – Competition, Communication and Administration Manager

M: 021 242 6975
E:  admin@rln.co.nz

Tēna koutou katoa

  • Ko Tangihua te maunga
  • Ko Wairoa te awa
  • Ko Ngatokimatawhaorua te waka
  • Ko Ngapuhi me Ngatiwhatua te iwi
  • Ko Te Parawhau te hapu
  • Ko Tirarau te marae
  • Ko Te Whanau Tito ahau

My attributes and interest in Rugby League began with my parents, who have been involved throughout their lifetime in sports and has continued through my whānau, which we are all actively involved in.

Born and raised here in the North with my loving, humble, respectful hard-working parents, with 5 sisters and 3 brothers. The values my family have grown up with, continue to teach and show me, make me who I am today.

I have 2 very active boys, aged 14 and 4, who are my drive in all that I do and teach me a lot of things about my personal growth, like patience, appreciation and overcoming challenges.

While being involved across various roles following my dad and whānau, who started and run our junior rugby league club, HoraHora Broncos, in 2013.

This is where my passion derived from for Rugby League and mainly resides with our tamariki here in Northland.  I look forward to contributing in achieving growth and development while supporting our whānau here in Te Tai Tokerau.

Ngā mihi | Kind Regards