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Seeking new Trustees


Having recently completed the $50m+ development project of the National Hockey Centre, the Harbour Hockey Charitable Trust (HHCT) is now seeking to refresh its Board as we advance into a new strategic phase.

The HHCT owns and governs the National Hockey Centre, which is New Zealand’s leading hockey venue and a world-class sporting facility.  As well as being the home of North Harbour’s 8,000 strong hockey community, it is also the training base of the Vantage Black Sticks, and a host venue for major national and international events, including the FIH Hockey Pro League.

When hockey isn’t being played, the facility welcomes local community organisations and educational institutions to use it for workshops, conferences and sporting events.

HHCT are seeking three new Trustees with the skills and capabilities to help meet our objects: to provide sustainable facilities which promote and support participation in sporting, social and education activities for our communities – in particular, the hockey communities – in North Harbour and the wider Auckland region.

These are volunteer roles.

About HHCT

The HHCT has existed for more than twenty years and has built enduring relationships with stakeholders including Auckland Council, Upper Harbour Local Board, Sport New Zealand, and philanthropic and funding organisations; and is considered to be one of Auckland’s leading not-for-profit sporting facility owners.  It works closely with its hockey partners – North Harbour Hockey Association and Hockey New Zealand.

Who is North Harbour looking for?

As a not-for-profit charitable trust, HHCT needs to be innovative, collaborative and community-centric.  Strong governance is central to its future success, through sustainable asset management, and positive, enduring stakeholder relationships.  HHCT are seeking Trustees with one (or a number) of the following attributes:

  • Strong governance experience;
  • Experience in the oversight of sporting/community venue and facility management (the National Hockey Centre is operated and managed by a HHCT-appointed manager);
  • Experience in asset planning, maintenance and renewal at a strategic level;
  • Understanding of balancing a sustainable return on investment while ensuring community outcomes are met;
  • Experience in not-for-profit/community fundraising and commercial partnerships;
  • Community stakeholder relationships – sports organisations, local government, community groups, iwi).

As a gender-balanced and ethnically diverse sport, they are particularly looking to increase the Trust’s gender and cultural diversity in these appointments.  Click here for a position description.

Commitment required

The estimated commitment is around ten hours per month (including Trustee meeting) plus attendance of at least one weekend/ planning day per year.

Application process

To apply by email please send your cover letter and governance CV to our Chair Peter Felstead by COB Friday 6 August 2021.