Bay sporting stalwart stands down after 12 years

By Doug Laing

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Fred Koenders
Fred Koenders

Sport Hawke's Bay will have a new chairman as a result of the retirement of Fred Koenders, who had held the position for almost nine years.

Mr Koenders joined the board in 2001, stayed for four terms totalling 12 years and was not seeking reappointment, about 70 people were told at the regional sports trust's 23rd annual meeting on Monday night..

Mr Koenders became deputy to chairman Chris Tremain in 2004, soon assuming the top job in an acting capacity until being officially appointed after Mr Tremain stood down following election to Parliament as the MP for Napier in 2005.

Also standing down from the board is three-term member Michelle Hayes, of Central Hawke's Bay, but new Hastings District councillor and school principal Malcolm Dixon and Hawks basketball general manager Tanya Dearns, whose three-year terms had expired, are available to be reappointed.

A new chairman will be elected at next month's meeting of the board, now numbering nine and able to decide whether to remain at that level or appoint replacements for the two retiring members.

Chief executive Colin Stone told the meeting of continued changing trends in people's sports participation, towards informal, short-version, and pay-to-play events rather than committing themselves to annual memberships.

They include such events as fun runs and casual tournaments, such as business house bowls.

A new sports participation strategy being developed by Sport New Zealand, the government umbrella agency to Sport Hawke's Bay and the country's 16 other regional sports trusts, is expected to identify that growing demand for informal sport, Mr Stone said.

The winner of the Not for Profit sector award at last week's Westpac Hawke's Bay Chamber of Commerce Business Awards, Sport Hawke's Bay had budgeted for a $70,000 deficit in the year to June 30, but on turnover of more than $3.8 million generated an operating surplus of $15, 943, according to its financial statement.

Income came mainly from government-sourced contracts and grants and donations, including $999,658 from Sport NZ, $793,657 from health contracts, $314,084 in sponsorship, and input from nine gaming machine trusts totalling $214,806.

Local authorities contributed $126,706 and the Eastern and Central Community Trust $94,800.

Mr Koenders, who with other board members is an unpaid volunteer, said: "We're very proud that the organisation is not-for-profit and that we are here to serve the people of Hawke's Bay and deliver programmes that contribute to their health and wellbeing."

- Hawkes Bay Today

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