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Hockey New Zealand and the Hockey Players Association Announce 3 Year Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Players Association

Hockey New Zealand and the Hockey Players Association Announce 3 Year Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Players Association

Hockey New Zealand and the Hockey Players Association Announce 3 Year Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Players Association

Hockey New Zealand is pleased to announce the new Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Hockey Players Association (HPA), an exciting development for hockey in New Zealand.  

The main objectives of the MOU are outlined below: 

  • Hockey in New Zealand is developed through the Black Sticks teams and international matches, tours and competitions that are attractive to players, fans and commercial partners alike 
  • The best players play for the Black Sticks 
  • New Zealand’s representative hockey teams compete and win consistently on the world stage 
  • Hockey can build a successful and sustainable commercial model 
  • Hockey New Zealand and the players can mutually benefit from the commercialisation of hockey.  

The principle of creating a work / hockey balance is at the centre of this new MOU. The formation of an agreed calendar with match and training commitments is vital to ensure that players can balance their study and work commitments alongside hockey, but more importantly to ensure their welfare is prioritised. 

The major enhancement agreed under this new MOU, is a redefined player payment model that will see players across both men and women’s squads receiving the same payments.  

Glen Sulzberger, HPA’s Executive Director states “We are pleased to reinforce players as key stakeholders in the sport and to advance the relationship with Hockey New Zealand in a way that enables the Black Sticks teams to compete on the international stage and to create a positive environment for the players.” 

We also acknowledge the way in which Hockey New Zealand approached the negotiations, which challenged a number of historical norms”. 

Hockey New Zealand CEO Ian Francis commented “The introduction of the Pro League means players will be committing a lot more time to their hockey and the MOU supports this. We are delighted the new MOU is underpinned by the concept of having a work/hockey balance which will provide a foundation for attracting and retaining our best players”. 

The MOU was agreed to create an environment where all parties concerned would achieve the objectives outlined above. The MOU contract is for 3 years and came into effect on the 1st November 2018 and runs till the 31st October 2021. 

  • November 8th, 2018 in
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