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CNZ Executive

Croquet New Zealand has an Executive which is made up of financial members of affiliated Associations and is elected at the AGM in line with the Constitution.

The Executive is made up of 7 positions.  1 President, 2 vice Presidents and 4 Councillors.  At least one of the Councillors must be from a South Island Association and one must be from a North Island Association.

The current Executive is:

Annie Henry (President) – elected October 2017

Annie is in her second term as CNZ President. She served on the Executive as a Councillor and Vice-President before being elected as President. She is a member of the Nelson Hinemoa Croquet Club in Nelson.  She is the Convenor of the Publicity and Marketing Committee and the Tournament Committee.

Annie’s professional background is in education. Her last position was professor of Educational Leadership in the USA. Prior to joining the university facility she was a teacher and principal. She and her husband, Mike Milstein, have co-authored books on resiliency. She has served on various boards during her 18 years in NZ.


Kathie Grant (Vice-President) – co-opted March 2018

Kathie currently is on the Croquet Auckland committee as Auckland Coach and Secondary Schools coordinator. She is a CNZ coach for both AC and GC as well as being an AC and GC referee, and also (Australian) ricochet referee. Kathie is also an examiner for coaches of both AC and GC as well as being an examiner for umpires and GC referees. She has been an AC selector for over three years working comfortably with the chair of that committee.


Aaron Westerby (Councillor) – elected October 2017

Aaron started playing croquet in 1986 having been introduced to the game by his grandmother. He has played extensively at national and international level for over 20 years, including captaining NZ’s winning 2014 MacRobertson Shield team. He has previously served on CNZ’s Tournament and AC Selection committees. A software developer, he resides in Auckland with his young family.


Kareen McLaren (Councillor) – elected October 2017

Kareen is a member of the Te Aroha Croquet Club and a recreational GC player.  Kareen currently lives in Rotorua and is employed as a Senior Project Manager with WSP OPUS Consultants. She works with a number of clients to support their property and infrastructure planning and project management needs. Prior to moving to WSP OPUS, Kareen worked at the Ministry of Education for 5 years gaining extensive policy, procedural and funding knowledge. She has also sat on a number of Governance Committees and Boards, and bring this experience, her broad network of contacts along with a Masters in Social Science (Organizational Development).


Tom Devlin (Councillor) – elected October 2017

Tom was elected to CNZ executive at the October 2017 AGM and chair the Finance, Audit, Risk committee well as being responsible for South Island associations.

Tom’s croquet experience began in 2012 when he joined Fendalton Park Croquet Club in Christchurch. In 2014 he became the President of Fendalton Park Croquet Club.


George Coulter (Councillor) – co-opted March 2018

George first picked up a mallet back in 2011 having been introduced to the world of croquet by his grandparents, Mike and Zyelette Shepherd, both long standing members of their local club. George is a member of the Whakatane Croquet Club.

His croquet highlights include being the Silver medalist in the 2017 U21 Worlds, winning the Plate event in the 2017 Open GC Worlds, placing 1st in the 2018 Golf Croquet National Doubles with Edmund Fordyce and being runner up in the 2018 Golf Croquet National Open Singles.

George is in his third year studying a Retail and Business Management degree at Massey University.


Current vacancies: Vice-President