CMTA AGM Nominations – Executive Board & Office Holder Positions

Applications for the positions of Executive Board Member, Treasurer & Secretary closed today. We will elect from the below list of nominees at the upcoming Annual General Meeting.

Executive Board Member Nominations
Positions vacant: 6
Nominees standing: 6

Tupu Marks
Nominated by: Edie-May Johnson (XLR8) & Pat Spellman (Advance)
I have been involved in Counties Manukau Touch Association for the past 15 years as a Referee and Referee Coach. I am a local business owner and would use my experience in running a business to help Counties Manukau Touch Association going forward with becoming a well organised association.

Pat Spellman
Nominated by: Harley Wall (Auckland Airport) & Teena Rhind (Advance)
There’s not a lot I haven’t crammed into my short time here at Counties Touch, and am proud to have played a role in most of the significant changes made this season and hope I can continue to be part of the team that bring them to life moving forward.

Jenny Marshall
Nominated by: Pat Spellman (Advance) & Edie-May Johnson (XLR8)
I was a Client Manager within a large Chartered Accountancy Firm until 2001, since then (19 yrs) I have been the Finance Director/Accountant for multiple large not-for-profit organisations and I specialize in Not-for-Profit accounting and legal matters. 

Lance Watene
Nominated by: Edie-May Johnson (XLR8) & Teena Rhind (Advance)
I have filled volunteer and/or paid roles that have been directly involved in sport management or governance for 20+ years and currently continue to do so. During this time I have gained knowledge, understanding and an appreciation of the changing environment of sport and in particular the sport of Touch.

My work career pathways have taken me into the local government sector where my managerial positions required skills in financial management, strategic planning, community development, people management and health and safety strategies.  I am currently an elected and appointed board member of several sporting and community organisations.

Teena W Rhind
Nominated by: Edie-May Johnson (XLR8) & Jaki Te Haki (XLR8)
Current Board Member with CMTA, been with CMTA as a module organiser for 2000, been a member of CMTA since 1992. Current Board Member for Wiri Business, Current Member Auckland Chamber of Commerce, Current Member of WasteMINZ. Current member with Touch New Zealand.

Audrey Williams
Nominated by: Teena Rhind (Advance) & Pat Spellman (Advance)
As General Manager of the Wiri Business Association, I have an in depth knowledge of the operating requirements of a board from strategic planning, constitutional regulations and the incorporated society act. I have some knowledge of business finance and processes. I have been on the board of the Good Samaritan Heart Trust and I am currently the chair of the Manukau Beautification Charitable Trust

Office Holder Position Nominations
Positions available: 2
Nominees standing: 2

Treasurer Nomination:

Lisa Murphy (Incumbent)
Nominated by: Pat Spellman (Advance) & Harley Wall (Auckland Airport)
Lisa Murphy is a tax partner at the Auckland office of RSM New Zealand and specialises in providing tax advice to both national and international clients.

Lisa has a Bachelor of Business Studies and Masters in Taxation Studies with first class honours from the University of Auckland.  She is a Member of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand, a professional association of Chartered Accountants. Her connection to CMTA is through our referee sector, Lisa’s son Quinn is a CMTA Level 3 National referee.

Secretary Nomination:

Edie-May Johnson (Incumbent)
Nominated by: Jaki Te Haki (XLR8) & Pat Spellman (Advance)
Held Secretary, Treasurer, Director of Managers, Tour Manager within CMTA over the past 8 years. Currently Trustee/Chairperson for XLR8 Sports Trust. Have been running Touch Modules in CMTA area for 9 years. Worked at Manukau City Council then Auckland Council for 23 years in Regulatory departments and IT. Skills include Office Administration, Funding experience and Systems Support.

2020 Annual General Meeting

Kia ora Koutou,

We are excited to confirm the details for this years Annual General Meeting.

Date: Monday, September 28 2020
Time: From 6.30pm
Address: CLM Counties Manukau, Manukau Tennis Centre, 1 Te Irirangi Drive, Manukau

Light refreshments provided – please RSVP your attendance via email for catering purposes –


Per the new constitution, voted in at the Special General Meeting held August 21, the following office holder positions will be contested by election and decided by a vote of existing delegates:

  • 6 x Executive Board Members (3 x 2 year terms, 3 x 3 year terms)
  • 1 x Secretary
  • 1 x Treasurer

Nominations for these positions are welcomed, and must be submitted online via the below link no later than 5pm, Monday 14 September 2020.

Office Holder Nomination Link

All Nominations for Executive Board Member Positions, Treasurer or Secretary roles are required to be signed off in support by two current delegates.


  • Once the AGM Agenda has been finalised, it will be emailed to delegates and posted online. This will be no later than 7 days prior to the AGM;
  • All existing voting delegates will receive information on submitting any remits to the constitution – these are to be submitted by email to the Secretary no later than 5pm, Monday 14 September, 2020;
  • All existing voting delegates will receive information on those standing for elected positions no later than 7 days prior to the AGM;
  • In the event that COVID-19 alert levels prevent us from holding the Annual General Meeting in person, we will move the hui online and hold it via Zoom. This will be communicated at least 48 hours prior;
  • Delegates who wish to nominate a proxy to vote on their behalf may only do so if both their nominated delegates are unavailable. Proxy vote requests can be made to the Secretary, via;
  • Hard copies of the Annual Report will be limited in print copies but will be readily available online. If you’d really like a hard copy, you can request one by emailing the Secretary;
  • All Members of our community are invited to attend the AGM, however by attending you agree to adhere to the direction of the AGM Chair, which this year will be CMTA President Lorelei Nathan.

CMTA Rep Trials – Register


Registrations for the Counties Manukau Touch 2021 National season are now open.

All dates for each grades trials and tournament information is below, along with the link for Sporty where you can register to trial. 


CMTA Masters
Venue: Gallagher Park, Manurewa
Date: Saturday, 12th September 2020
Time: 8:00am - 1:00pm

CMTA Youth
Venue: Gallagher Park, Manurewa
Date: Tuesday, 22nd September 2020 & Tuesday, 29th September 2020
Time: 5.00pm - 9.00pm
Grades: U16G, U16B, U16MX, U18G, U18B, U18MX

CMTA Open Men & Women
Venue: Gallagher Park, Manurewa
Date: Wednesday, 23rd September 2020 & 30th September 2020
Time: 5.00pm - 9.00pm

CMTA Open Mixed
Venue: Gallagher Park, Manurewa
Date: Sunday, 27th September 2020
Time: 11.00am - 2.00pm

If you cannot attend trials, you will be required to apply for dispensation.


2021 National Youth Touch Championship
12th - 14th February 2021 - Pulman Park, Papakura

2021 National Touch Championship
4th - 7th March 2021 - Nga Puna Wai, Sports Hub, Christchurch

Once registration is closed you will receive a letter informing you of the logistics and costs for the season. This year players will purchase (and keep) their own uniforms.

Coaching & Management Appointments have been confirmed for most grades, you can view via our website.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to email:

Module Registration for 2020/21 Season

Welcome to the 2020-2021 Touch Season!

To operate a Module competition within the CMTA province, you must gain provincial affiliation/endorsement.

One of the many benefits to being an affiliated module in our province is the representative opportunities that may arise for those who play, coach and referee at your Module – both Nationally and within the TNZ Pathways and High Performance program.

As affiliated modules, you will have access to support for Coaching and Referee development, assistance with promotion of your competition as well as knowing you are contributing to the growth or both our game, and our proud province.

Please note the CMTA affiliation fee charged is in addition to the Module registration fee from Touch New Zealand.

You can apply to register your module with Touch New Zealand here.

Please submit one form per Competition. Please ensure the Competition name is unique.

NB: Junior and Senior Touch Modules are required to be registered as two separate competitions.

Here is a flowchart of the Module affiliation process, for your information.

If you have any questions, please email or call CMTA on 027 268 6824

2021 Touch Youth World Cup Wider Training Squad

The 2021 Youth World Cup may be deferred, but we still want to celebrate the huge achievements of all those individuals who have been selected in the wider training squad for this event.

Congratulations to each and every player who put in the hard work to get this far!

Take this set back as a stepping stone on your road to the black singlet.

Full wider training squad – here

Full Announcement from FIT / England Touch:

Due to the ongoing global coronavirus pandemic, FIT and the host nation England have made the joint decision to defer the tournament initially planned to take place in July 2021.

FIT will advise in the first quarter of 2021 if the event is going to take place during the 2022 International Season.

More here

2021 Trans-Tasman Announcement

Touch New Zealand and Touch Football Australia have today confirmed that the 2020 Open Trans Tasman has been cancelled due to COVID-19. The Trans-Tasman cycle of events will now continue from 2021 as planned with a combined Open and Masters Trans-Tasman series being held in April 2021 in Christchurch, New Zealand.

“We are disappointed not to be able to go ahead and host the Open Trans Tasman in Australia, in beautiful Newcastle,” said Touch Football Australia (TFA) CEO Jamie O’Connor.

“We thank the City of Newcastle and Destination NSW for hosting the Youth Trans-Tasman earlier this year and for their support during this unprecedented pandemic period, but we are very much looking forward to being able to take part in the event in New Zealand.”

“Although we are disappointed, the decision to cancel was the only logical approach given the global pandemic and the closed international borders.” Touch New Zealand CE Joe Sprangers said of the decision.

“We are extremely grateful to all the players and support staff for their continued efforts and look forward to hosting an exciting and vibrant series in 2021.”

The combined series is scheduled to take place from 22nd to 25th April 2021 at Nga Puna Wai, Christchurch.

The series will again fall on ANZAC Day, giving both teams an opportunity to showcase the Tasman bond that exists and the unity of the countries during challenging times.

As the pinnacle event outside of the World Cup, the 2021 series will be a welcome opportunity for many players, coaches, managers and referees.

With sport recently being on hold, the event is guaranteed to be fiercely contested – with a year’s pent-up energy to be unleashed by the Open and Masters teams on the southern soil in Aotearoa.

2021 Season – Coaching & Management Roles

Counties Manukau Touch Association are pleased to announce applications are now open for 2021 Representative season roles.

These roles include:

  • Coaching roles (Head Coach & Assistant Coaching roles)
  • Team Manager
  • Tour Manager

With the 2020-21 season fast approaching, we want to lock in key support staff, early. This will allow ample opportunity for us to work together to provide a positive experience for all involved.

Applications for all roles close 5pm, Friday July 3, 2020.


Have your say! CMTA Uniform design survey

Kia ora Counties Whanau,

As you know – we have recently announced we will be working with a new apparel supplier from this coming season, KBS Sport.

With this new, exciting partnership comes an opportunity to re-design our on field playing strip.

We have completed two community surveys, providing you an opportunity to share your thoughts on what our on field uniform design should encompass.

We are putting the call out one last time – if you have yet to have your say, or share your thoughts – please, take a few minutes to fill in this quick survey.

All feedback will be collated and shared with the design team at KBS who will no doubt come up with an exciting new on field strip for our community!

TNZ – Junior Touch Policy

Touch New Zealand have released their new Junior Touch Policy.

You can read the policy in full below.

As a province, Counties Manukau Touch Association are committed to providing opportunities for our tamariki to play the game they love.

Our Representative panel is meeting next week (Thursday 18 June) to discuss our 20/21 season. How we (CMTA) support the growth and development of our junior players will be discussed.

We will also consider what implementing this policy means for our Coaches, referees and volunteer support teams development.

It is clear that Touch New Zealand, in line with Sport New Zealand’s recommendations, are indicating a preference for participation over representation. With that position in mind, CMTA will need to consider what the future could look like.

This process will include working with Junior Modules in our area, schools and community organisations (via our Development Officer), discussing the future of Tri-Series with our Whanau at Auckland, North Harbour and Te Tai Tokerau as well as continuing the discussions being held at the moment regarding an amended version of the IPS tournament.

Your whakaaro is important, and you will get a chance to share it with us as we continue the work being done at the moment shaping our approach moving forward.

As soon as we have more information, we will update you.

In the meantime, please take some time to read the policy. If you have any questions or comments, feel free to get in touch.

Read the Full Policy here

CMTA signs the Pride Pledge!

We’re a pretty diverse community here in Counties Manukau.

We are made up of many different cultures and our commitment to ensuring equality and fairness is paramount.

Regardless of ethnicity, gender, religion, sexual orientation – we love everyone equally.

So, it gives us great pleasure to announce as an organisation – we have taken the Pride Pledge!

The pride pledge is an initiative which aims to raise visibility for safe space in our communities. The focus is to raise awareness of the values of safety, inclusiveness and health for all LGBTTQ+ (rainbow) people.

We are proud to be the first Touch Association in New Zealand to take the Pride Pledge, an important commitment for our province.

You may have seen the email we flicked out today about our ‘Counties values’ – this is a big part of that mahi – we are working hard to define our values, and understand and promote who we are as an organisation and a community.

Join us and take The Pledge, & help improve Safety, Visibility, and Inclusion for LGBTQI+ people in Aotearoa! We really hope to see more Touch Associations around Aotearoa take the pledge with us!