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Reminder Notice of Annual General Meeting

The Northern Zone Board formally advises that the Zone’s Third Annual General Meeting will be held on Monday 23rd March 2015. The Annual General Meeting is called in accordance with the Northern Zone Constitution section 13.3 – Notice of Annual Meetings.

When: Monday 23rd March 2013
Where: Moerewa Rugby League Club, Simpson Park, Leaity Street, Moerewa
Commencing: 6.00pm

  1. Club Elected Directors

Nominations Required for Club Elected Board Members. There is a vacancy for one position. The Term will be either for 2 years. Elected Board members will need to attend Rugby League Northland Director meetings approximately 1 per month.

Who should be nominated?

Candidates who have had previous governance or administration experience in Sport and or Business. Candidates will have to have the interest of Rugby League and the growth of the game at heart and want to make a difference toward the growth of Rugby League in Northland.

RLN is a Zone of New Zealand Rugby League and are making a difference towards the growth of League in Northland. RLN is on an interesting and exciting journey, we will make a difference! Do you want to be a part of this?

Nominations required by 5pm 23rd February Contact: Alex Smits, General Manager Rugby League Northland, Tel. 021273 6975 or email:

Nominations should include:

  • Name:
  • Contact Telephone and Email:
  • Club Nominating and Person Endorsing (Will need to be either Club Chairperson, Secretary of Club Captain)
  • Reason for Nomination, relevant experience

If more than one candidate is nominated a secret ballot will be held. Details to follow.

  1. Appointments Panel. Bruce Peden(Chairman) and Tom Jackson will be stepping down from the RLN Board after 5 years of service due to constitutional process.   As a result RLN will be advertising for 2 appointed replacements (separate to the club elected).

Board Appointments Panel (Rule 18)

The Board Appointments Panel will consist of one nominee appointed by the Board, one nominee appointed by the clubs and two nominees appointed by SPORT NZ.

The Club nominated person for this role is Sharon Bird – from the Portland Panthers as voted for at the RLN Senior Delegates meeting on the 3rd February.

  1. Club Delegates for AGM:

Clubs will need to nominate their Club Delegate for the AGM by March 16th. Information will be distributed soon regarding this.

  1. General Business

If there are items that wish to be considered for General Business please contact Alex Smits General Manager, Rugby League Northland by Monday 23rd February. Contact: Alex Smits, General Manager Rugby League Northland, Tel. 021273 6975 or email:

  1. AGM Agenda: To Follow at after 23rd of February.


Yours faithfully

Rugby League Northland Zone of NZRL Inc.

Bruce Peden



cc:       NZRL Board

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