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 leadership team

Hockey Development Team

Michelle Bentham

Interim Chief Executive

Michelle provides leadership across the Association by setting goals and priorities that ensures the foundations, and the future of hockey are strong, both from a strategic and sustainable perspective.

Alastair Wright

Chief Financial Officer

Alastair oversees the planning, forecasting and management of all the financial activities at NHHA. He and his team are also responsible for monitoring and reporting on our performance.

Brenda Hosking

NHC Venue Manager

Brenda is responsible for the National Hockey Centre Venue. She is a master of all trades doing everything from liaising with corporates partners, to creating events, and managing the Bar and Café team.

Harley Kopa

Property Maintenance Manager

Harley looks after all things maintenance, with years of experience in this field he is focused on ensuring the National Hockey Centre is always a world-class facility for our hockey whanau. 

Debbie Johnson

Accounts & Rep Admin Officer

I started with NHHA in March 2022 as the Accounts & Rep Admin Officer. My 30 hours per week role comprises of booking travel arrangements for the rep teams, assisting with budgets, payroll for Coaches, Umpires and Competition staff along with a variety of day to day account reconciliations.

I enjoy being able to draw on my 15+ year’s experience of working in Corporate, Retail and Wholesale travel, as well as on the sporting side having worked at a local Community Leisure Centre.

At home I’m a proud wife and mother of three who loves getting out on the water for a spot of fishing, swimming or kayaking. I’m a regular at my local gym and an avid bike rider. My family have always been involved in sport and exercise and I can’t rule out picking up a hockey stick again in the future socially. It would be great to meet more people from the hockey community, so please stop by to say hello and introduce yourself.

Role TBC

Role TBC

Role TBC

Jayvant Dhanjee

Competitions Manager

Born and bred in the mighty Bay of Plenty, I often found myself up against the boys in Maroon. These matches always showcased the love and skill for the game, and I was always impressed with what Harbour had to bring.

In 2018 I was lucky enough to join the Harbour team, recently moving into the role of Competitions Manager at the end of 2022. Working closely with Clubs administrators, School TICs and volunteers has allowed me to appreciate the positive impacts the Harbour community has on our sport.

The saying “Home of Harbour Hockey” hits real. Like many of our Harbour members the world outside of hockey is hard to find. However, I enjoy keeping active and over the past few years, I have hobbled my way through some 21km, 40km and 50km events. I also I enjoy supporting other sporting competitions around world.

Nicolene van der Merwe

Competitions and Admin Officer

Nicolene is often the first face you see when you walk into North Harbour Hockey. She is a wealth of general knowledge about all things Harbour Hockey so is the first point of call for any questions or queries you may have.

Sheree Scown

Head of National Hockey Centre

Sheree spreads her time across the complete management and governance of all NHHA Competitions and National Tournaments/Events while also managing our office administration.

James Coughlan

Head of Hockey

James is responsible for leading the Hockey Development Team and implementing hockey delivery to the NHHA Community, including competitions, programmes, campaigns and initiatives.

carey wessels

Participation Manager

Responsible for introducing and developing our youngest members to the game of hockey, Carey leads the delivery of all our grassroots hockey opportunities. 

Pathway Role

Coming soon

Pathway role coming soon.

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