July 01, 2013
Howie Tamati named League president
League legend Howie Tamati wants to make room for more Māori administering the code now he has landed its top position.
Mr Tamati has been appointed president of New Zealand Rugby League, replacing retired judge Trevor Maxwell.
The lack of Māori at the board table in a sport they dominate at the player level drew recent fire from fellow selector Tawera Nikau.
Mr Tamati says his appointment at Saturday’s AGM was a step in the right direction, and he has encouraged Mr Nikau to stand at district board level.
While the president’s role is considered ceremonial and does not carry a vote, NZRL chair Scott Carter says Mr Tamati is a natural statesman of the game who brings a huge amount of mana to the position.
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