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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 supporting cover letter to; or alternatively you can apply on seek here

Applications close Friday 24th December 2021

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

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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:

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:

2019 U13’s Northern Swords2019 U13’s Northern Swords

Congratulations to all players selected and named in the Northern Swords U13 team to attend and compete in the North Island Districts tournament on the 7th – 9th July 2019.

Hora Hora Broncos:
– Hayden Shelford 
– Manaia Fatu

Portland Panthers:
– Jacob Te Tai

Otangarei Knights:
– Junior Edmonds

– Nikau Boutet-Manning 
– Latreal Te Whiu 
– Michael Paraha 
– Logan Ogden 
– Albert Kelly 
– Laytarjae Shortland-Berryman 
– Tobias Marsh
– Che Beazley 
– Shakeal Pickering 
– Te Autahi Niha

Tautoro Titans:
– Mason Barber
– Kauri Phillips Heihei 
– Kohatu Witehira 
– Kamera Harris 
– Conway Vakatini 
– Snow O’Halloran 
– Henare Rudolph 
– Maihi Wilcox

Non-travelling reserves:
– Jacob Jerry Fox
– Nikau Donnelly
– Unique Waerehu

We would like to wish all players and team management the very best in the upcoming tournament.

Notice of Constitutional MeetingNotice of Constitutional Meeting




Date:                     6 May 2019

To:                         All Rugby League Northland Clubs  

From:                    Walter Wells

Re:                         Notice of Northern Zone Annual General Meeting

  1. Notice of Annual General Meeting

The Rugby League Northland Board formally advises that the Zone’s Annual General Meeting will be       held:

When:                           Monday 17 June 2019

Where:                         ASB Northland Sports House

97 Western Hills Drive, Whangarei

       Commencing:            6.30pm – Supper will be provided.

  • General Business

If a Club wishes to submit any items to be considered under General Business, these matters should be submitted in writing to the Zone General Manager by 5.00pm on 27 May 2019.

Please address any General Business to General Manager, Rugby League Northland, PO box 1492, Whangarei 0140

To assist with planning for the meeting, and to ensure a quorum is present, Clubs are asked to complete the attached Registration Form and submit it to the General Manager by 7 June 2019.  

 If you have any questions regarding the Annual Meeting then please contact Phil Marsh directly on (021) 247 2458 or

Yours faithfully

Rugby League Northland of NZRL inc.

Walter Wells Chairman

cc:  NZRL Board

2019 Swords Team Officials Applications2019 Swords Team Officials Applications

Rugby League Northland (RLN) invites applications for Head Coach, Team Manager, Assistant Coach and Team Trainer positions for the following teams.

The appointment of all positions will be for a one (1) year period.

Considerations: When applying for any positions please indicate if you are available for all dates listed below:

Northern Swords 17’s: 

Northern Swords Tournament July TBC

Swords vs Akarana game September TBC

National Tournament 6th – 12th October – Rotorua

Northern Swords 15 Boys: 

Northern Swords Tournament July TBC

Swords vs Akarana game September TBC

National Tournament 6th – 12th October – Rotorua

Northern Swords 15 Girls: 

North Island Districts Tournament 10th – 12th July – Rotorua

Northern Swords 13 Boys and Girls

North Island Districts Tournament 7th – 9th July – Rotorua

Police Vetting: To abide by legislative requirements RLN police checks are undertaken for all volunteer appointments to RLN.  As part of this recruitment we are requesting the attached Police Vetting Form is completed and attached to your application.

If you would like to apply for any of these positions, please fill out the attached application form and email your CV along with a covering letter to Cori Paul, RLN Development Manager at

Please note that these positions are voluntary and unpaid.

Application closes on Wednesday 20th March 2019.

RLN appoints new Development ManagerRLN appoints new Development Manager

Rugby League Northland would like to welcome Cori Paul to the position of Development Manager.

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 the Pathways Coordinator at Te Kapehu Whetu school, and our three boys (Deon – 16, Cobe – 15 and Chase 13)  keep busy with the multiple activities they are involved with (Basketball, Rugby, Kapa Haka and Touch). We also have one daughter who is currently studying Bachelor of Radiation Therapy at Otago University based at the Wellington Campus.


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.