Board | New Zealand Amateur Sport Association Inc.

Our Officers & Board

Our Officers

Andy Leslie MNZM


Andy has had involvement in the Halberg Trust (now a Life Trustee) and is the current President of the New Zealand Rugby Foundation, of which he was an original First Fifteen Member.

A former All Black Captain (1974-1976), Andy has the rare distinction of captaining the All Blacks in every test in which he played. He made his Wellington Rugby debut in 1967 and played 147 games for the Wellington Lions, captaining them to a win in the Ranfurly Shield in 1974. A Life Member and former President of the Wellington Rugby Football Union, Andy is also a former President and Life Member of the Centurions Rugby Football Club, and former President of the New Zealand Rugby Union.

Andy has been involved with rugby coaching and in administration from Club to National level, also writing a report for Irish rugby on the state of it's game and it's way forward in the professional era. He has had a passion about the participation of people in sport and recreation, to these ends has been involved with the Hutt City Council in bringing Clubs together to share facilities (buildings, human resource and costs).

Andy believes that the Association can contribute "big time" to the survival of Clubs and the participation of all, of all ages, in activities that they choose to be involved with in their communities.


Marian George QSM


With a strong background in sport at all levels, Marian is a Life Member of Netball New Zealand and a former member of Netball New Zealand’s National Executive.

A former New Zealand Netball Coach, winning both international and national titles, Marian was also a Netball New Zealand Selector for four years, as well as serving the sport as a Netball New Zealand A Grade Umpire. She is still actively coaching Netball today. For her services to Netball and the community, Marian was awarded the Queen’s Service Medal in 1991.

Marian was the Founder and Chair of the Board of Trustees of the North Harbour Regional Sports Trust for 12 years. She has undertaken advisory roles to Sport & Health at the Auckland University of Technology (AUT) and to the New Zealand Qualification Authority. She has also been an active representative of regional sports bodies to Local Government and is a past member of the Board of Tennis New Zealand.


Our Board

Gordon Noble-Campbell


Gordon has extensive commercial, governance and leadership experience in the financial and sporting sectors, including Chief Executive and Directorship roles.

Currently Director of Private Client Services at Forsyth Barr Limited, he is a Fellow of the Financial Services Institute of Australasia and a member of the New Zealand Institute of Directors. A retired Premier Rugby Referee, he is a former President of the Wellington Rugby Referees Association Inc., is a former Independent Director of Hurricanes Limited (the Super Rugby franchise) and is a current member of the Centurions Rugby Football Club.

Gordon is the current Chairman of the Hurricanes Youth Rugby Council Inc. and Chairman of the Volunteer Service Abroad (VSA) Foundation.


Dr Farib Sos MNZM JP

Deputy Chair

Dr. Sos has substantial educational and business experience in both the private and public sectors, ranging from energy and resources to health and the environment. He has served as a member of several government and non-government committees and other groups with an interest in South-East Asia.

He currently holds a number of roles in the community including immediate past Chair of Volunteer Service Abroad (VSA), Trustee and Director of the Asia Pacific Research Institute of New Zealand, Council Member of the ASEAN-New Zealand Business Council, Executive Chair of Asia Forum Wellington, New Zealand Honorary Adviser to The Asia New Zealand Foundation, Member of the Victoria University of Wellington Council and Executive Member of the New Zealand-Indonesian Council.


Tony Meachen


Tony is currently the General Manager of Sport for New Zealand's 49 Catholic Colleges and 186 Catholic Primary Schools. He worked as a Professional Tennis Coach for 21 years, attaining the New Zealand Professional Tennis Coaches Qualification in 1977 and the USA Professional Tennis Coaches Qualification in 1979 at the Van der Meer Tennis University in South Carolina.

Tony is a Life Member of the Marist St. Pat's Rugby Football Club and was CEO of the New Zealand Marist Rugby Federation for 22 years, providing support to Marist Clubs in New Zealand, the Pacific, Australia and South America. Tony coached the Wellington Sevens team for 11 years, winning Wellington’s first National Sevens Title in 2002. He was a Selector for Sir Gordon Tietjens for 6 years and was then Technical Advisor/Manager of the Samoa Sevens team on the World Sevens Series in 2002 and 2003. From 2000 to 2011 Tony was the Sponsorship and Suppliership Manager for the IRB International Sevens Tournament at Westpac Stadium. in Wellington.

Tony has completed a Post Graduate Diploma at Massey University of Sports Management and Coaching and an International Rugby Board Level 4 Coaching Qualification.


Campbell Wananga Dewes

Campbell is highly experienced in governance, coaching and sports administration.

He is dedicated to the benefits that amateur sport brings to all our communities, particularly youth in the East Coast region. Among other roles, Campbell was Coach for East Coast Under 16 Rugby team (Hurricanes), Coach for East Coast (North) Under 18 Rugby team, and Coach and Manager for the Under 16 team at the New Zealand Aotearoa-Outrigger Canoe World Championships.

Outside the Association, he is kept busy as the Timuaki (Principal) of Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Kawakawa mai Tawhiti, Wharekahika, Ngāti Pōrou, Trustee of Te Kurawānanga o Kawakawa mai Tawhiti Charitable Trust, Director of Ngāti Pōrou Miere and Chair of the Ngāti Pōrou East Coast Rugby Union and more.

Campbell is currently completing his Master of Maori Studies at Te Wānanga o Awanuiārangi.


Wayne Guppy

Mayor of Upper Hutt City, Wayne is now in his sixth term as Mayor.

Born and raised in Upper Hutt, Wayne gained a Diploma of Pharmacy at the Central Institute of Technology in Heretaunga. He spent from 1979 – 1981 in Nebraska, USA, working on his Doctor of Pharmacy degree, before returning to set up the first Clinical Pharmacy education programme in New Zealand. In 1991, with his wife Sue, Wayne opened a 7-day community pharmacy working in conjunction with the After Hours Medical Centre of which he was a Director. He has been a lecturer in pharmaceutics and pharmacology.

He is currently Chair of the Wellington Mayoral Forum and is Patron of many groups and organisations within Upper Hutt.  He was Patron to Wing 253 at the Royal New Zealand Police College in 2008, which cemented his family’s place in New Zealand Police history as Wayne’s father Colin is well remembered as one of the first Police dog-handlers in this country.

Wayne is a Past President of the Wellington Rugby Football Union, Upper Hutt Rugby Club, President of the Wellington Racing Club, and is Deputy Chair of the Hutt Valley District Health Board. Wayne is also a Director on the Board of Medic Alert and Deputy Chair of the Wellington Water Committee.


David King

David is the Recreation Adviser (Clubs and Schools) with Activation at the Upper Hutt City Council where he has been for the past 3 years.

Prior to joining the Activation team he was Head of Commerce at Wellington College for 13 years and then went into Rugby Coaching and Development full-time, completing a Post Graduate Diploma in Sport Management at Massey University and an International Rugby Board Coach Educator qualification. During this time David spent some time in Wales (where his family originates from) coaching rugby. He then returned to Wellington to work with Wellington Rugby for 13 years coordinating and running their player and coach development programmes and managing their development staff.

He has been a New Zealand Secondary Schools Selector for the New Zealand Rugby Union and is a Life Member of the Hurricanes Youth Rugby Council Inc.


John Morrison MNZM


John was presented with a Queen's Honour, being appointed as a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit in 2013, for services to cricket and the community.

He is a long standing Trustee of the New Zealand Cricket Foundation, a national organisation that distributes funds to assist junior and grass-roots cricket throughout New Zealand.

John was a Wellington City Councillor for 15 years, holding the very significant portfolios of Sport and Events. In that time, he led the charge for artificial sports fields throughout Wellington and for the building of Community Sports Indoor Stadium at Kilbirnie. He is a Life Member of Cricket Wellington and also a Life Member of the Onslow Cricket Club.

John was a New Zealand international cricketer from 1973 through to 1982, the highlight of his career being a Test century against Australia at the Sydney Cricket Ground. In his career, he played 17 Test Matches and 18 One Day Internationals for New Zealand, making his test debut during the 1973-74 season. John has hosted and commentated sport nationally, on both radio and television, over many years.


Adrian Tangaroa Wagner

Te Whānau A Apanui, Whanganui, Ngāti Apa, Ngāti Hauiti, Taranaki Whānui Ki Te Upoko O Te Ika.

Adrian is a Trustee for Te Maru o Ruahine Trust and Rūnanga delegate for Ngāti Upokoiri hapū†of Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Hauiti. A Trustee for Te Kura O Ōtari, Adrian is also Chair of the Anihaka Terenui Matakuariki Lands Trust and he is a former Trustee for Te Rūnanga O Ngāti Apa.

Adrian has a diverse background in broadcasting and the arts and has worked at Te Reo Irirangi O Te Upoko O Te Ika (1161AM) since 2004 in various roles, currently as the Station Manager. He has also worked for Māori Television as a Reporter during that period. He has a degree in Māori studies from Victoria University and is currently completing a diploma in Journalism at Whitireia.

Adrian has managed Te Upoko O Te Ika since 2015 and is working towards getting the station broadcasting on FM. The other main project he is working on is getting a regular amateur sports show started in 2018.


At the Association’s Annual General Meeting on 23 April 2018, two new Board Members were elected, Jo Coughlan and Will Caccia-Birch. 

Jo is a former Wellington City Councillor and Mayoral candidate, and is Director of Silvereye Communications in Wellington. Will is the Head of Community Rugby at Wellington Rugby (a Regional Sporting Organisation member of the Association). Both Jo and Will join the eight Board Members re-elected at the AGM to serve the Association over the coming year.

The Officers and Board of the Association are elected at the Annual General Meeting.

The Association's Constitution requires the appointment of an Honorary Auditor and Solicitor.

The Honorary Auditor of the Association is:

  • Les Foy, Senior Partner, Audit & Assurance and Advisory Services at Crowe Horwath.

The Honorary Solicitor of the Association is:

  • Jim Meates, Solicitor, Jim Meates Law Limited.