Following the 2010 AGM a Working Party of Member School Principals met to look at the future of the New Zealand Secondary School Rowing Association (NZSSRA).
The Working Party concluded NZSSRA's current structure was creaking at the seams and it would be logical to move closer to Rowing NZ. The Working Party recommended NZSSRA seek change in the form of integration with Rowing NZ; a probable structure involving an advisory panel or committee within Rowing NZ. It was also recommended Rowing NZ Board representation be sought and an important outcome of the process would be NZSSRA retaining autonomy over those aspects of the sport important to schools.
A project plan was commissioned to develop the Working Party recommendations to a point where they could be brought forward to NZSSRA and Rowing NZ. Once that plan met with the approval of the Working Party, NZSSRA's Executive Committee and Rowing NZ's CEO it was put to NZSSRA's Members.
At a postal ballot General Meeting on 29 October 2010 NZSSRA members voted in favour (92%) of pursuing a policy of moving towards closer integration with Rowing NZ. This allowed the project plan to proceed to the next stage. The NZSSRA AGM of March 2012 ratified the postal ballot.
The Schools Committee is now a management committee of the Rowing NZ Board and reports through the Rowing NZ Chief Executive.
Rowing NZ initially co-opted Gillian Simpson to its Board, and have now formally appointed Gillian, where her Board duties include chairing the new Schools Committee. The Schools Committee is the group being developed to serve the dual purpose of carrying out the objectives, functions and obligations of both NZSSRA and NZRA (as they relate to school rowing).
# Gillian Simpson is currently Principal of St Margaret's College, formerly Principal of Waikato Diocesan School, was a member of the Working Party, and was also convenor of the 2005 Special Committee that successfully carried out a review of the future of the Maadi Cup regatta.
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