Prestigious Honour for Bowls NZ After Receiving Governance Mark from Sport New Zealand


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Bowls NZ has been recognised for its strong organisational capability by Sport New Zealand with the awarding of the prestigious Governance Mark.

In line with their strategic priority to build a world-leading system, Sport New Zealand launched the Governance Mark in 2016 as a way to take a leadership stance in setting governance standards for the play, active recreation and sport sector and is the only externally accredited governance development programme of its kind internationally with a focus on play, active recreation and sport.

“We’re absolutely delighted at the award of the Mark and after huge change within the sport, it’s great to see we’re on the right track,” said Bowls NZ Chair Tony Lepper, who added, “Without the great work started by my predecessor Cushla McGillivray, this would never have happened so quickly.

“Cushla’s energy in driving this project in the first instance for the organisation set us up to be in the position we are now in having been bestowed with this huge honour,” said Lepper.

“I believe we are one of only a handful of NSO’s (National Sporting Organisation) to receive this Mark, which in itself also recognises the great work being done, not only by the board but also by (Chief Executive) Mark Cameron and his team behind the scenes.”

The award covers a period of three years from December 2018 and Tony Lepper said, “It’s important we continue to carry out the processes that have seen us receive this mark and receiving it again in three years is validation of not only what got us to this stage in the first place, but also seeing how we’ve built on that success.”

The Governance Mark has been awarded previously to just four NSO’s, NZRA (NZ Recreation Association), NZ Football, Athletics NZ and NZ Pony Clubs, while Sport Wellington and Sport New Zealand have also received the honour.

-Ian McDonald