News MEMO – Rugby League Northland AGM

MEMO – Rugby League Northland AGM


All Rugby League Community, Regional Sports Organisations and the general public are cordially invited to attend the Rugby League Northland Annual General Meeting

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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 support cover letter to or alternatively you can apply on seek here

Applications close Friday 23rd April 2022

NZRL Community Roots CarnivalNZRL Community Roots Carnival

The Carnivals purpose is to show-case Rugby League to local communities. The kids were taken through their paces with games, drills and skills by NZRL’s Ruben Wiki and Dain Guttenbeil.

The day was organised by Rugby League Northland Development Offiicer Richard Koroi with the help of local volunteers from Kaikohe.   While the kids were outside getting wet new General Manager Alex Smits ran a Rugby League Fundementals for some of the parents.

The day was finished off by a large scale Tug-of-war before the kids were all presented with thier Roots Carnvial Boot bag that contained an awesome BLK Roots Carnival T-Shirt. Then all the kids had a group photo with the Rugby League World Cup.

Northern Swords Move Selection BoundaryNorthern Swords Move Selection Boundary

Corey Harawira

Corey Harawira

Ashley Naera

Ashley Naera

The Northern Swords Premiers, have named their 17 man squad to play against the Waicoa Bays Stallions on Sunday 15th September in Huntly.

Included in this squad are brothers Ash Harawira and Corey Naera, who both starred for the Championship winning Pt Chevalier in the prestigious Auckland Fox Memorial.  Older brother Ash, who plays at Centre, starred for the Premier winning Pt Chevalier team, while 18 year old Corey, who plays at Full Back, Centre or backrow was a part of the Fox Reserve Grade winning team.

Both are proud Northlanders from Waimamaku.  Corey has moved to Auckland to take part in the NZ Warriors Rugby League Academy this year.  Corey was outstanding for the Swords 17s in the 2012 National Provincial Championship and was named in the NZRL 17s Merit Squad.  Ash spent his College days playing for the prestigious Kelston Boys High School 1st XV.

Ash and Corey both starred in the recent Swords training match against the Carter Holt Harvey Raiders and bought a lot of stability to the Swords backline that struggled against the Canterbury Bulls.

It is the first time that the Swords have selected players who are based from outside Northland.

“Although we are growing the player base in Northland,we need to build the skill base around the Swords.  We have yet to win in the National Competition with the Swords (2013 is the fourth season).  Early in August we named a squad of 45 players, but unfortunately for one reason or another, players have not been available,meaning that we have real shortage in our backline.  By bringing Corey and Ash into the squad, it will help balance our team. We have not taken this decision lightly and Northland players remain our priority.  But when you look at, in particular with Corey, we have helped develop his career and by bringing him into the Swords Premiers, this will further enhance his pathway.”  Alex Smits GM for RLN said.

In May this year a Memo was sent out to all League clubs asking their opinion about bringing in outside players with little negative response.  The RLN Board decided at the time to further investigate this as an option.  Rugby League Northland is the only Zone in the NZRL National Competition that has the ability to draft non-zone players into the squad.

Tiano Arona

Tiano Arona

Ngaro Baker

Ngaro Baker

In total, there will be four debutants in the squad. Ngaro Baker from Portland has forced his way into the squad – an exciting prospect at 18 years old, he is a big man with a big motor and will play a role at Prop rotation.   Tiano Arona, from Muriwhenua, also only 18, will occupy a place on the bench as a half/hooker replacement.   The brothers, Ash and Corey, make up the two other debutants.   In total 5 players in the squad are 18 or 19, with four other 23 or younger bringing a good mix of youth and experience to the squad.