RLN Community Manager – Employment Opportunity.RLN Community Manager – Employment Opportunity.

DO YOU HAVE A VISION FOR THE FUTURE; Are you able to lead a champion culture for the Rugby League Community in Northland?

The future for Rugby League in Northland is exciting with a solid foundation in place; the position of Rugby League Northland (RLN) Community Manager has become available, can you deliver?


RLN was created in 2010, as one of seven Zones formed as part of the restructure of the domestic game in New Zealand. 

Accountable to the Zone Board, the CM will plan, deliver, and implement innovative initiatives that support the overall strategic direction of Rugby League Northland.  The CM will also work closely with NZRL and their national strategy.

To provide the level of leadership necessary to be successful in this role, the Community Manager will possess the following attributes:

  • An appreciation of the strategic issues facing sport and the potential for Rugby League to add value to the communities the game serves.
  • The ability to build and maintain positive working relationships with diverse stakeholder groups including core membership, commercial partners and the wider community.
  • A commitment to continuous improvement and an organisational culture where accountability to stakeholders is measured by achievement of clearly defined outcomes.
  • Sound working knowledge of financial reporting and performance management processes in order to provide competent management of Zone operations.
  • Able to maximise revenue generation opportunities via understanding of the sponsorship and/or funding sectors (marketing experience would be an advantage).
  • A strong work ethic and willingness to ‘roll your sleeves up’ to get the job done with limited resources.

This will be a ‘hands on’ role with the primary objective of developing the game within the Zone. Experience and proven performance as a senior manager will be complimented by a management style that reflects RLN’s core values of:

  • Tuakiritanga – Identity
  • Kotahitanga – Unity
  • Rangatiratanga – Leadership
  • Manakitanga – Responsibility of hosting, caring, sharing and giving of our best.

Please forward your application with a support cover letter to admin@rln.co.nz or alternatively you can apply on seek here

Applications close Friday 23rd April 2022

2020 New Zealand Rugby League Under 16 Residents Team Named2020 New Zealand Rugby League Under 16 Residents Team Named

A huge congratulations to ex-Hikurangi Stag and Northern Sword player Jayden Harris for being named in the New Zealand Rugby League Under 16 Residents squad to take on the mighty New Zealand Maori Under 17 Team at Rotorua International Stadium on October 24th! Jayden is from Kohukohu in the mighty Hokianga and currently goes to school at Westlake Boys High School.

For more details go to: https://nzrl.co.nz/2020-new-zealand-resident-16s-squad-named/

Parua Bay School 2020Parua Bay School 2020

A magnificent few days was spent in Parua Bay School by the 05 in June. Running through an introduction to Rugby League programme, the 05 managed to engage 154, Year 5-8, students some of the key fundamental skills of Rugby League through two sessions.

Parua Bay School is one of the feeder schools to the mighty Manaia Makos Rugby League club which unfortunately didn’t manage to field a junior team into the competition this year but will hopefully gain new life and inspiration from some of these awesome local kids and return to the fold in 2021.

Many thanks to Rob Jones, Parua Bay School and the cool students for hosting RLN in 2020!

Referees HuiReferees Hui


Rugby League Northland are looking for referees for the 2022 season. A relaxed informal hui has been organised for anyone and everyone who is available to ref next year, as a means to just to start the process for 2022. From those familiar with refereeing to those that have never had a go at refereeing but are interested, to those that may be able to referee sometimes but not all the time – then we would like to see you! Come and join us over a kai as we discuss how to get started in refereeing, what refereeing opportunities will be available for you/your level of refereeing and where the refereeing pathway can take you if you want to join the big boys and girls!

For more information please contact Cori Paul on 021775392 or corpi@rln.co.nz.

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New Zealand Residents 16’s Squad NamedNew Zealand Residents 16’s Squad Named

Congratulations to ex-Hikurangi Stag and Northern Sword player Jayden Harris for being named in the New Zealand Rugby League Under 16 Residents squad to take on the New Zealand Maori Under 17 Team at Rotorua International Stadium on October 24th! Jayden, from Kohukohu in the mighty Hokianga, currently attends Westlake Boys High School.

For more details go to: https://nzrl.co.nz/2020-new-zealand-resident-16s-squad-named/

Ruakaka School vs Maungatapere School 2020Ruakaka School vs Maungatapere School 2020

Ruakaka School hosted Maungatapere School in a friendly challenge of Nine-A-Side Rugby League today. Although the score was a little one-sided in favour of the mighty Maungatapere School, the Ruakaka team didn’t give up at any stage during the game.

Maungatapere School started the game strong and adapted to the rules of the game extremely well. Well done to the boys and girls who made the trip to Ruakaka School and a huge thank you to the awesome hosts, teachers and parents that supported both schools!

KiwiTag and Nine-A-Side Rugby LeagueKiwiTag and Nine-A-Side Rugby League

Kia ora whanau!

With the end of Term 3 looming up fast, I’d just like to send you a reminder of events that are coming up in Term 4:

  1. Tuesday, October 20: Year 7&8 KiwiTag (Non-contact)
  2. Tuesday, November 3: Year 9&10 KiwiTag (Non-contact)
  3. Thursday, November 5: Year 7&8 Nine-a-side Rugby League

Please see below for details:

Year 7&8 KiwiTag Festival

  • Date: Tuesday, October 20
  • Venue: Bluegoose (Otaika Sports Park)
  • Entry due by: Friday, October 16
  • Schools MUST have their own set of tag shorts (Velcro attached) and tags OR belts and tags. Mixed teams.

Year 9&10 KiwiTag Festival

  • Date: Tuesday, November 3
  • Venue: Bluegoose (Otaika Sports Park)
  • Entry due by: Friday, October 30
  • Schools MUST have their own set of tag shorts (Velcro attached) and tags OR belts and tags. Mixed teams.

I have attached a ‘KiwiTag Quick Intro’ for those schools interested in KiwiTag so that coaches and players can immediately start to learn and play the game! Rugby League Northland has introduced KiwiTag into the Intermediate and Secondary School programme this year to engage those that enjoy Rugby League but are a little shy of the contact. KiwiTag incorporates all aspects of Rugby League, except tackling, to keep its essence and authenticity. Rugby League Northland runs KiwiTag in schools as an attempt to engage those students who wouldn’t necessarily have the confidence to sign up to a school team and compete against other schools in Rugby League proper (Please note KiwiTag is a fun game for all shapes, sizes, experience levels and aimed at getting students out on the paddock).

Year 7&8 Nine-a-side Rugby League Festival

  • Date: Thursday, November 5
  • Venue: TBC (Bream Bay College or Otaika Sports Park)
  • Entry due by: Friday, October 30
  • All players MUST have mouthguards. NO boots. Boys and Girls grades – (Please indicate on the entry form what grade your team will enter. Any ‘mixed’ teams will be entered into the Boys grade)

If schools have any enquiries regarding KiwiTag or Rugby League deliveries prior to these festivals please do not hesitate to contact Corza at corip@rln.co.nz.

Kotiro TOA Primary Schools Rugby League Tournament 2020Kotiro TOA Primary Schools Rugby League Tournament 2020

For the third year in a row now the Girls Only primary school Rugby League tournament has been run and Rugby League Northland has been lucky enough to be involved in the last two! A huge congratulations to Whau Valley School for not only hosting the event (as is the right of reigning champions) but also becoming 2020 champions which earns them the accolade of three-peat champions (2018, 2019 and 2020)

A special congratulations to Glenbervie School (Runners Up), Ruakaka School (Third Place) and also Totara Grove School (Fourth Place) for giving the girls an opportunity to enjoy Rugby League! The 2020 Kotiro TOA Tournament Team:

  • Jacqueline Hauraki (Whau Valley School)
  • Hayzle George (Whau Valley School and MVP)
  • Zona-May Hotere (Whau Valley School)
  • Maanu-Celeste Sadler (Whau Valley School)
  • Ella Matson (Totara Grove School)
  • Ariana Naera (Totara Grove School)
  • Manaia Whatarau (Totara Grove School)
  • Nova Anderson (Ruakaka School)
  • Larissa (Ruakaka School)
  • Waikohu (Ruakaka School)
  • Kendall Wallis (Glenbervie School)
  • Lacey Seargeant (Glenbervie School)
  • Addison Waihi (Glenbervie School)

A special thanks to the four sponsors of the tournament: Cochrane & Sons Logging LTD, Heads Up Whangarei, Flip Out Whangarei and Whangarei Aquatic Centre. Cochrane & Sons kindly sponsored the Tournament Team medals and the beautiful korowai that went to Hayzle George as the tournaments Most Valuable Player.

Wellsford School 2020Wellsford School 2020

The ’05’ ventured to Wellsford school last week and managed to engage over 190 students with 2 sessions each in 4 days! With many students new to the game of Rugby League the ‘Intro to League’ programme seemed like the perfect weapon for this school as they learned two key fundamental skills of Rugby League while having fun playing games.

It was an amazing 4 days with some absolutely brilliant students to teach. Well done Wellsford school, you guys are fantastic!!

We look forward to sending the 05 back to your school again!