Evolution of Harbour Hockey

Over the past few months, the leadership team at Harbour Hockey has been working diligently, looking closely at the organisation, asking ourselves if we can do better… can we work differently, can we do more for our clubs, players, community? In the drive for constant improvement, are we set-up to meet future challenges? If we looked ahead to 2050, what will the landscape look like, what will success look like?

Significant, has been the move now 2½ years ago, to our new world-class facility at the National Hockey Centre, the Home of Harbour Hockey. We are so fortunate to have an amazing venue for community, and international hockey. But can it work harder to contribute to a more sustainable future as a significant community organisation and an integral part of our regional infrastructure?

Working from such a strong base, with an exemplary track record on and off the turfs, it’s been hard to challenge the status quo. But we have, and we’ve come up with what we believe will be an even stronger platform, building on the hard work of many like Riki Burgess, and Kim Green, our dedicated coaches, volunteers, and many others, who have contributed so much.

I’m very pleased to introduce you to a new team structure for Harbour Hockey designed to serve you better and bring us boldly and sustainably towards Hockey 2050. Most roles in the new structure are filled by very familiar faces, and there are a few new roles that mean exciting opportunities for our passionate hockey whanau.

Hockey is now consolidated under one structure with a new Head of Hockey, James Coughlan appointed to lead the team that brings school and club competitions, youth and adult delivery, officials, coach and player development, and high performance under one umbrella.

James’ is joined by Sophie Rider and Jayvant (Jay) Dhanjee as Development & Delivery Manager, and Competitions Manager respectively to form the hockey leadership team. Kirsten Stuckey remains in her Officials Development role and takes additional responsibilities in a new Development Support role.

I would acknowledge the amazing depth and breadth of hockey talent and expertise represented by these people and their important contribution to the change process. We are very fortunate to have such passionate hockey professionals to craft and lead our evolving hockey journey.

Within the new Hockey structure are a Youth Delivery Specialist and an Adult Delivery Specialist. These roles are not new to the NHHA, but additional hours and scope have been added to the Adult Delivery role. I would like to thank Will Lacey for his amazing work in this role, but with several other hockey commitments, he was sadly unable to commit more to the NHHA. These, and a new Competitions Support/Admin role created to support our busy school and club competitions, are now live on SEEK. Please see below.

I am also pleased to introduce Sheree Scown in the newly created role of Head of National Hockey Centre. Sheree will move from her position as Operations & Competitions Manager, to take on a new brief that encompasses events, operations, and facilities. Sheree has played a huge part in the change management process and has been an integral part of Harbour Hockey for many years. She brings a wealth of relevant experience and knowledge to this to help maintain our asset and deliver commercial sustainability.  

Amanda Green, currently on maternity leave, will return part-time to her Chief Financial Officer role in September, to lead a revamped line-up that includes a Management Accountant, a dedicated Marketing & Comms specialist, and a part time HR/Admin resource. We are so fortunate to welcome Amanda back to lead this team with her financial expertise, amazing hockey knowledge, and community connections. This team will ensure we can work on our business, while managing the significant amount of transactional work required to ensure we can deliver a great customer experience.

Together, these functional groups will transition to the new structure by late September following the winter hockey season, Rankin Cup, and Grant McLeod U16 Tournament, to be your new North Harbour Hockey head office team.

While there are a few new roles, there are those who remain in their existing roles, who are just as committed and passionate about ensuring the best possible delivery for our hockey whanau. I would acknowledge the rest of the hard-working Harbour Hockey team, including our Board and others from our community who have been instrumental to inform and shape this process.

Their remains lots of work to do to embed these changes into our day-to-day, and there will continue to be challenges as we learn and grow. Thank you for being patient and understanding as we make this transition.

We look forward to hearing from those interested in joining our team!

And finally, we are also on the lookout for volunteers who might be retired or have some time on their hands, to help with keeping the National Hockey Centre looking great for our community. There are a few maintenance and DIY type jobs around that could benefit from your expertise. Training and tools will be provided. If you’re keen, please reach out to brenda.hosking@nationalhockeycentre.co.nz.

And while we’re at it… we are also keen to find a website developer (individual or company) who knows and understands WordPress V6.0, online commerce, and API applications. Our busy www.harbourhockey.org.nz website needs ongoing support. If you are that person or know someone who is, please contact brad@harbourhockey.org.nz for more information.