We’re looking for great people to help grow hockey in New Zealand. Here’s where you’ll find current job vacancies around the country in the hockey community.

Hockey New Zealand – Board Members, Director Appointment

Hockey New Zealand is the national sporting organisation for Hockey. Our purpose is to deliver quality hockey experiences to all New Zealanders, whether it be as a participant, coach, umpire, official, volunteer or player. Sport-wide, we have just completed our eleventh consecutive year of growth, across all ages and in both winter and summer participation. With our 32 member associations, we are entering into our 2020-25 strategic cycle.

Across New Zealand, hockey has 88,000 registered members, with 51% female and 49% male participation from primary school to masters, and with appeal to all ethnicities. In a truly global sport, our Vantage Black Sticks’ teams perform well above their weight: with current rankings of 6th (Women) and 9th (Men); competing in the world’s top FIH Pro League; and preparing for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

Hockey New Zealand is seeking applications for three Board positions, from suitably qualified individuals with the appropriate mix of skills and experience to govern and lead hockey in New Zealand. The positions are: one each male and female elected Board members (to be elected at the April Annual Meeting); and a female Board-Appointed member. An incumbent Board member will be standing for the elected female position, while the other two positions are vacant.

Consistent with hockey’s membership, our Board composition is gender-equal, and we are also seeking to strengthen its diversity to ensure a high-performing Board. We are particularly seeking the following skills and/or experience:

  • Commercial, sponsorship, event and marketing experience
  • Sophisticated project or change management experience
  • Independent governance experience (i.e. not necessarily from within hockey) particularly in the context of financial and risk frameworks
  • Connectivity with Government and other grassroots funding organisations

Additionally, the Board’s preference is for its members to have a deep connection with sport, and a strong understanding of what drives our sporting communities in New Zealand.

The Board meets six times per year, usually in Auckland, with each meeting requiring around 6-7 hours preliminary work. Between meetings, Board members may be required to consider proposals and recommendations as well as participating in Board sub-committees. Wider stakeholder engagement may also be required from time to time.

If you believe you have the necessary attributes and can add value to our sport’s governance, we welcome your application. Please send a full CV and cover letter outlining your suitability for the role to the Board Appointment Panel, whose role is to recommend suitable candidates, for both the Appointed and Elected Member positions. Board appointments will be elected or confirmed at the Hockey New Zealand AGM, Friday 24th April 2020.

For further information or enquiries please contact Jacinda Matzer, Hockey New Zealand on email

Applications close on Thursday, 5 March 2020.


Hockey Northland – Operations Manager

Hockey Northland are seeking an Operations Manager to ensure that Hockey operates effectively within the Northland area. At its core, the skills needed for a successful career in operations include the ability to think analytically, communicate effectively, and execute efficiently.

Key areas:

  • Representative programme
  • Development programme
  • Oversight of our IT requirements
  • Liaising with our Participation Officer
  • Liaising with Hockey New Zealand Network Performance staff

The position will be fulltime based in Whangarei. Some travel may be required.


  • Ability to lead, manage and develop people
  • Ability to implement develop and lead programmes
  • Coaching/teaching experience
  • Ability to work as a part of a team to achieve a desired outcome
  • Ability to work in a high pressure environment
  • Competent in IT

Personal attributes:

  • Good communication skills
  • Driven by achieving positive outcomes
  • Driven by achieving results
  • Attention to detail
  • Team player
  • Competent in using Microsoft Office applications (including outlook, word, excel and publisher

Please send a typed copy of your application letter and C.V. to: Gail Ambler  or
Postal: Gail Ambler, Hockey Northland, P.O. Box 8021, Kensington, Whangarei 0145

If you would like a copy of the job description please email or phone the Hockey Northland Office 09 437 3830. Applications close Wednesday 9th March 2020.

International Opportunities


Atletic Terrassa Hockey Club – Hockey Team Opportunity

 At ATHC we will organise your exchange with us so your team has a great experience and stays at our club and enjoys our fantastic 50.000 square metre Country Club facility. 

About Us

  • Founded in 1952
  • 21x Spanish Champions
  • 2x European Champions
  • 42 Spanish Olympians

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Briars Hockey Club – Playing Opportunity

Would you like to further your hockey career and enjoy all that Sydney has to offer?

Briars Hockey Club in Sydney is looking to invite several NZ players to join their 1st grade team.

Briars competes in the Premier Division of Sydney Hockey and has over 25 teams.

We are offering several NZ players the opportunity to join us for the 2020 season and

Will support you with;

  • Subsidised accommodation
  • Assistance to secure employment
  • Assistance finding suitably located accommodation
  • High level of coaching from ex-Kookaburras
  • Free uniform and fees

If you have ever thought of exploring Sydney this is an opportunity not to be missed.


Email a resume of your hockey achievements to

We are limited to 4 successful applications.

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