In all operational areas, AFL New Zealand have continued to build on the momentum achieved throughout the 2016 year across our five strategic pillars strategies Participation, Talent, Broadcast, AFL Matches, and Organisation and People.
Within these pillars are a number of specific successes. The AFL New Zealand Premiership fills a gap between club football and our national teams. A positive consequence of the Premiership is that it makes the relationships between AFL New Zealand and its member organisations much closer and stronger.
The broadcasting agreement between AFL and TVNZ continues to showcase our game on a regular basis with live AFL games every week throught out the AFL Premiership.
Our Women’s game continues to grow as we now have a regional youth women’s competition, we host touring women’s teams from Australia and half of our Kiwisport participants are female. I invite all within the AFLNZ community to consider their possible contribution towards promoting greater women’s participation. So the game plan remains much the same. We press on with a clear focus on what we are trying to achieve and some improved ideas on how to achieve it.
CEO Rob Vanstam provides the boards with peace of mind and Reg Ranchhod, Mick Coultard, Tom O’Keeffe and Sam McKenzie are amongst the organisations greatest assets.
I acknowledge the contribution of outgoing board member Tim Stevens. After 23 years as a player, umpire, coach, manager, AFL KiwiKick Coach and board member, his retirement is well-deserved. Tim’s story is one that we would like to see emulated many times over. With Tim’s resignation, the board invited Trina Tamati to join the board. Trina’s roles with Duco and College Sport Auckland, allow her to complement so many of the board’s existing strengths.
I finish by thanking all the board members for contributing their expertise, time and energy to help make Australian Football a New Zealand game.