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NZRU swings governance of Highlanders

UPDATED

Notice the DCC connection…bloody hell, what did I say about DCC having its own rugby franchise. Sick dogs.

### Channel 9 News July 1, 2009 – 6:50pm
Highlander’s board to be restructured
The Highlander’s Board is to be restructured, following a review by the New Zealand Rugby Football Union. The ORFU board will now consist of three Independent Directors appointed by the NZRU, one Independent Director appointed by the Dunedin City Council, and three Directors to be appointed by the Provincial Unions within the Highlanders region. NZRU CEO Steve Tew says the changes should assist both organisations improve the on-and-off-field performance of the Highlanders, and ensure that the Franchise is operating in a sustainable way. The new board structure is to be regarded as a transition Board for the next two years.
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### TVNZ News Published: 4:51PM Wednesday July 01, 2009
NZRU come to Highlanders rescue
Source: NZPA
The Highlanders franchise has agreed to change its governance and operation, which will include assistance and greater involvement from the New Zealand Rugby Union (NZRU). The NZRU will underwrite the financial performance of the Highlanders for the next two financial years.
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### ODT Online Wed, 1 Jul 2009
New structure for Highlanders
A new-look board will be required to assess existing business strategies at the franchise and adopt a recovery plan. The NZRU reserved the right to appoint a chairman at any time. The Highlanders have been the least-successful New Zealand franchise in recent years.
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Wed, 01/07/2009 – 8:52pm.
Comment by russandbev on But how about telling us the whole story?
Some amazing elements to this story which have not yet reached the light of day…Not many would know that The Trusts Charitable Foundation Inc granted the ORFU a sum of $888,577.49 between the 1st April last year and the 31st March of this year. This grant was the single biggest grant that this interesting pub charity granted this last financial year and carried on its support for rugby activities in this city. Cont/
http://www.odt.co.nz/news/dunedin/63654/new-structure-highlanders#comment-5483

Wed, 01/07/2009 – 6:55pm.
Comment by gplusa on Flogging a dead horse
First we had to buy a new football stadium in order to keep the rugby team. Then we had to buy the old stadium in order to pay off the rugby team’s debts. Now we are having to buy the team itself. Does this sound a bit like Chrysler and General Motors? Propping up a false economy is only delaying its demise. Doing it with public money is downright irresponsible.
http://www.odt.co.nz/news/dunedin/63654/new-structure-highlanders#comment-5481

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### stuff.co.nz Last updated 15:27 01/07/2009
Highlanders get bailout
By Marc Hinton
The NZRU say the package agreed “reflects our commitment to rugby south of the Waitaki”. It also takes into account the dire situation the southerners have found themselves in.
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NZRU’s Steve Tew said the Highlanders franchise “has quickly become the runt of the New Zealand rugby litter”…

### ODT Online Thu, 2 Jul 2009
DCC to get role on Highlanders board
By Hayden Meikle
Dunedin City Council chief executive Jim Harland says it is “entirely appropriate” the council will appoint a director to a new-look Highlanders rugby board.
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### ODT Online Thu, 2 Jul 2009
Rugby: McLauchlan defends Highlanders board
By Hayden Meikle
The Highlanders chairman Stuart McLauchlan is confident he will keep his job despite the looming changes to the franchise’s board. McLauchlan was defiant yesterday when asked to comment on his own future and the performance of a board that has essentially been taken over by the New Zealand Rugby Union.
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In December 2008 the University Council elected Dunedin accountant Stuart McLauchlan as its new Pro-Chancellor. The role of the Pro-Chancellor includes chairing the University Council in the Chancellor’s absence and serving on committees on behalf of the Chancellor. Mr McLauchlan has been a member of the University Council since 2004. He is a member of the Investment Committee, the Finance and Budget Committee and Chair of the Audit Committee. He is also a Director of the University of Otago Foundation Studies.

Mr McLauchlan began his new role in January 2009.

Posted by Elizabeth Kerr

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