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Having played the game locally and at a professional level, Robbie Johnson is acutely aware of what it takes to grow rugby league in Northland as he beds down in his new role at the sport’s governing body in the region. As the CE of Rugby League Northland (RLN), Johnson has outlined his plans to raise the game’s profile, growth and club competition, and to open up pathways for aspiring Northlanders to play at the highest level. Born and bred in Whangārei, Johnson played most of the junior grades for Takahiwai Warriors and made the Junior Kiwis side that toured Great Britain and France in 1993. He then went on trial for the Manly Sea Eagles in the NRL and spent four seasons at the club before returning to Whangārei. He felt league, at that stage, had probably lost a bit of its strength, so he dabbled in rugby. With his knowledge of the local communities and people this will hugely contribute in achieving growth and support of the game of Rugby League in Northland.



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Born and raised in Papatoetoe, South Auckland, from a family of two sisters and one brother. Like most families involved in sport, growing up playing weekend sport in the morning and following Dad around the Rugby League fields of Auckland were the main activities in the household for many years. I have been living in the Northland region for close to 27 years and come from Wainui Bay in the Bay of Islands. Northland is my home. My partner Gemma is a Venue and Events coordinator at Whangarei District Council incorporating the operations of Semenoff Stadium, our daughter Calais is a radiation therapist at Auckland hospital and our three boys (Deon – 18, Cobe – 17 and Chase 15)  keep busy with an apprenticeship, tertiary aspirations and getting through high school exams respectively. I have been involved in a multitude of industries in my working life ranging from quality control processing to mechanical repairs to disability sport and secondary school sport administration. This experienced has allowed me to develop different skills around planning and managing projects and people. Coaching began for me in 2006 when my daughter decided she wanted to play netball for Whangarei Primary School and although I had no idea about the sport, I enjoyed every aspect of it which lead me to become accredited in the Sport industry through the NorthTec Sports and Recreation programme. While I have coached junior Rugby League, Rugby, Football and Netball teams I have recently been heavily involved in coaching Rugby at Club and Representative age group level. I am passionate about Northland and junior sport. I am excited to have the opportunity to develop and grow Rugby League in Northland and a challenge I am looking forward to. I believe growing our players holistically is the key in making sure that we not only have fantastically talented players representing our region but also developing our players as good people.



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Tēnā tātou katoa

My attributes and interest in Rugby League began with my parents, who have been involved throughout their lifetime in sports and has continued through my whānau, which we are all actively involved in. Born and raised here in the North with my loving, humble, respectful hard-working parents, with 5 sisters and 3 brothers. The values my family have grown up with, continue to teach and show me, make me who I am today. I have 2 very active boys, aged 18 and 8, who are my drive in all that I do and teach me a lot of things about my personal growth, like patience, appreciation and overcoming challenges. While being involved across various roles following my dad and whānau, who started and run our junior rugby league club, HoraHora Broncos, in 2013. This is where my passion derived from for Rugby League and mainly resides with our tamariki here in Northland.  I look forward to contributing in achieving growth and development while supporting our whānau here in Te Tai Tokerau.