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Following the collation of votes for the six elected positions on the new NZRL Board of Directors, the following results have been confirmed:
ORDINARY DIRECTORS (x 3): Mr Vince Weir Mr Andrew Chalmers Mr Ray Haffenden
NORTHERN-AUCKLAND ZONE DIRECTOR Mr Neville Kesha
CENTRAL-SOUTHERN ZONE DIRECTOR Mr Peter Kerridge
ASSOCIATE ZONE DIRECTOR Mr Phil Campbell
While Andrew Chalmers and Vince Weir are the only current NZRL Directors who will remain on the Board following the NZRL AGM on 28 April, there is considerable experience amongst the four new directors.
Ray Haffenden is the third Ordinary Director elected by all affiliates and last served as an NZRL Director in the mid-1990s. He has considerable experience as a Kiwis Team Manager, is a current member of the NZRL Judicial Panel and a Director of the Harbour League Bartercard Cup franchise.
Neville Kesha, elected by the District Leagues in the Northern and Auckland Zones, is currently Vice Chairperson of Auckland Rugby League and President of the Pacific Island Rugby League Association (PIRLA).
Peter Kerridge, elected by the District Leagues in the Central and Southern Zones, is one of the games stalwarts. A highly respected historian and administrator, he is currently the Chairperson of West Coast Rugby League, a role he has held for over a decade having served on the West Coast Board since the mid-1970s.
Phil Campbell, elected by the seven Associate Leagues has many years of board experience at a club, district and national level having last served on the NZRL Board in 2005. He is currently the Chairperson of the NZ Masters RL Associate.
As required under the new constitution, a Chairperson and Vice-Chairperson will be appointed by the six elected directors at their first meeting following the AGM and three Independent Directors will also be added to this Board via a selection process to be facilitated by the Institute of Directors.