Dynamic leaders are needed to govern a board which aims to turn Kaikohe's Lindvart Park into a vibrant sports hub.
A working group made up of the Far North District Council, Kaikohe-Hokianga Community Board, Sport Northland and sports clubs has been developing a shared vision for the park since 2009.
Using a "sportsville" model that has been successful elsewhere in New Zealand, the group decided last year to form a Kaikohe and District Sportsville Incorporated Society to develop the park. Its objectives will include improving sports facilities at the park and encouraging more Kaikohe people to take part in sport and recreation.
Kaikohe-Hokianga Community Board chairman Win Stephens said the aim was to create a range of sporting and recreational opportunities for all ages and abilities, while identifying and supporting the elite sports people of the future.
Mr Stephens said the society would operate on behalf of member clubs, which would elect a governance board to achieve common goals.
He said sports clubs across New Zealand struggled to retain members, attract funding and cope with administration workloads.
"Kaikohe sports clubs are no different.
"The rugby club has struggled to rebuild its burned-down club rooms and Bay of Islands Hockey has failed to secure a funding shortfall to install lights at the AstroTurf hockey pitch. Because of this, there's been a growing interest in collaboration between clubs."
Funding agencies, such as ASB Community Trust, wanted to maximise returns on their investments by supporting clubs that work together and share facilities and resources.
The working group was looking for suitably qualified people to fill four vacancies on the inaugural board. The term of appointment would be for three years. Applicants should have skills, experience and networks in one or more of the following areas: governance, leadership, strategic planning, financial management, law, fundraising and facility management.
To apply, send a CV and covering letter to Sue Hodge, Far North District Council, Private Bag 752, Kaikohe 0440 by 5pm on October 19.