The NZIOB Charitable Trust’s annual rugby themed fundraising event in Wellington occured on Friday the 26th of July 2019, with special guest speaker Sir Graham Henry.
Sir Graham Henry made his international coaching debut in 1998 with Wales, where he stayed for four years. His major achievements in that role include wins over England and South Africa. In 2001, he became the first non-British or Irishman to coach the Lions on their tour of Australia.
On his return to New Zealand, Graham joined Auckland as defensive co-ordinator and technical analyst. The effect was immediate with Auckland lifting the 2002 National Provincial Championship, a feat that resulted in the Blues, starved of success since Graham left for Wales, quickly tying him up for the 2003 Super 12 – which the Blues went on to win. Graham oversaw the hugely successful Auckland team, which won four NPC titles in succession (1993 – 1996), and the Auckland Blues Super 12 team, which was the competition winner in 1996 and 1997 and runner-up in 1998.
Graham finished his All Blacks career as one of the most successful rugby coaches of all time. He coached the All Blacks to 88 wins in 103 Tests for a winning percentage of 85.4 percent. As well as winning the Rugby World Cup 2011, the All Blacks have held the Bledisloe Cup every year since 2003, won the Investec Tri Nations five times, and achieved three Grand Slams against the Northern Hemisphere Home Unions. Graham was awarded Coach of the Year at the IRB awards a record 5 times.
Graham currently works with leading New Zealand companies such as Downer, Farmlands, Reckitt & Benckiser and the Giltrap Spencer Group, focusing on team building, culture, and leadership development, and regularly speaks internationally. He is also a shareholder in the successful coaching website The Rugby Site and is often featured on podcasts with coaching tips. He sits on the board of The Plunket and Hillary Foundation, is an Ambassador for Coastguard, a Patron for Kiwis for Kiwi, and on the advisory board for the Pinnacle Programme.
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The NZIOB Charitable Trust held their fundraising event, Night at the Trots, held at Alexandra Park in Auckland on Friday the 7th of June. As well as great racing there wasbe raffles, totes, sweeps, and a lucky spinning wheel.
The NZIOB Charitable Trust’s Auckland horse racing event was a first for both the NZIOB and the NZIOB Charitable Trust, with the event proving to be great fun for attendees and a successful fundraiser for the Trust.
Contributing to the event’s success was the relatively low cost of attendance and the informal environment, encouraging companies to take their staff rather than clients. The ‘Night at the Trots’ therefore became a social event for the companies, rather than an event with an underlying business focus.
With over 300 construction industry participants in attendance, and ten generous race sponsors, the event was well supported and an effective fundraiser, contributing significantly to the Trust’s annual awards programme.
The NZIOB Charitable Trust’s annual rugby themed fundraising event in Wellington occured on Friday the 15th of June 2018, the day before the France’s Les Bleus played the All Blacks at Westpac Stadium. The guest speaker for the event was All Black legend, Sir John Kirwan, known throughout New Zealand and the rugby world as JK.
For those needing a refresher on John Kirwan’s rugby biography; he made his debut for the All Blacks against France in 1984, and went onto play 63 Tests before retiring from international rugby in 1994. Of the 35 tries JK scored in his Test career, two of the particularly memorable ones occurred during the 1987 World Cup campaign: the length of the field solo effort against Italy, and the crucial try against the French in the final, the latter laying the platform for the All Blacks victory at the first Rugby World Cup. Following his retirement as a player, JK has held several rugby coaching roles, notably as Head Coach for Italy, and closer to home, the Auckland Blues.
This background, along with his high-profile commentary role on the Sky Sports team, makes JK the perfect speaker to talk to a room full of construction industry practitioners about the next day’s All Blacks vs. France Test Match.
Outside of Rugby, JK has been a central figure in the campaign to raise mental health awareness. This important work, along with his status as a true All Black great saw JK become Sir John Kirwan in 2012.
The NZIOB Charitable Trust held a fabulous rugby themed fundraising event in Wellington. The date of the event was Friday the 30th of June 2017, which was the day before the British and Irish Lions play the All Blacks at Westpac Stadium.
The guest speaker for the event was All Blacks legend, Sean Fitzpatrick MNZM, who famously claimed that he “won the World Cup and went back to work as a Builder”. Sean Fitzpatrick was the perfect speaker to talk rugby to a room full of construction industry practitioners.
For those needing a refresher on Sean’ Fitzpatrick’s rugby biography; he made his debut for New Zealand in the ‘Baby Blacks’ side of 1986, and went on to start in the front row for the victorious 1987 Rugby World Cup squad. In 1992 he was named as All Blacks captain, a position he held until announcing his retirement from Test rugby in 1999. Sean played 93 Tests for the All Blacks, with 51 of them as Captain. He also has the distinction of being the Captain of the first All Blacks team to win a Test series in South Africa. Test series in South Africa.
The NZIOB Charitable Trust is registered on the Charities Register (registration number CC32376), first registered in June 2008, being a re-registration of the earlier NZIOB Charitable Trust founded in 1985 (required with legislation changes).