Waikato Hockey

Association

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WHA Board

Ethan Hohneck

WHA Board Chairperson

Portfolios: Cultural, Senior Division, Health & Safety

Robyn Polley

President WHA

Portfolios: Cultural, Community, Umpires

Jenny Barkle

WHA Board Member

Heather Junge

WHA Board Member
(WHCT Representative)

Portfolios: Hockey Finance & Fundraising

Jamie Millar

WHA Board Member​

Portfolios: WHA Staff, Waikato Hockey Charitable Trust

Bevan Sam

WHA Board Member​

Portfolios: Health & Safety, High Performance Network, Other Related Sports

Ash Burkhart

WHA Board Member​

Portfolios: Community, Hamilton City Council, Representative Hockey

WHA Board Member Portfolios

Why do WHA Board Members have Portfolios?

Our new 2022 WHA Board have decided to immerse themselves in Waikato Hockey by choosing a “Portfolio“.  The aim is for a Board Member to gather as much information as possible within their “Portfolio” and then report that information back to the other WHA Board Members.

This in-turn will keep all WHA Board Members well informed on the goings-on and ins and outs of all things Waikato Hockey.

It also doesn’t mean that we are getting so involved where we are managing, making decisions, or effecting anyones job.   We are simply information gathering where we can.

How will you gather information?

A number of ways in which a WHA Board Member may gather information relevant to their Portfolio might be:

  1. Ask to attend meetings where possible.
  2. Communicate with relevant subject matter experts relating to their Portfolio.
  3. Research their Portfolio.

What will the outcomes be?

  1. A more informed WHA Board.
  2. Better decisions based on more information.
  3. Interaction with relevant groups and individuals.

Past WHA Presidents

Truman Wee

2009 - 2021

Past WHA Board Chairperson

Truman Wee

2016 - 2021

Owen Embling

2010 - 2015

Seddon Polglase

2008 - 2009

Peter Cawkwell

2002 - 2007

Gladys O'Brien

1997 - 2001

Bridget Daldy

1993 - 1996

Des Meads

1988 - 1992

Ethan Hohneck

WHA Board Chairperson

I grew up in Rotorua before moving away as an 18 year old to University in Hamilton.  I have lived in many towns, cities, and countries and played hockey in most of them.  Rotorua, Hamilton, Tokoroa, Auckland, London, Perth, Whakatane, and now back in Hamilton.

My family moved to Hamilton from Auckland in 2015 to start a new business in the Waikato.  I have two lovely daughters who keep both myself and my partner very busy.  Both children are at school now and both love sport.

I enjoy giving back to the sport of hockey as hockey has given me a lot over the years.

Appointment 2020

I was first appointed to the WHA Board in 2020 mid season by Truman Wee along with Craig (Hemi) Webber.  2020 was a tough time for the world, due to COVID, so being on the WHA Board was challenging during 2020 and 2021.

Voted On 2022

During the 2022 AGM I was successfully voted on to the board and gracefully accepted the role as  Board Member.

Chairperson

In August 2022 I was voted by the other WHA Board Members to become the Chairperson of the WHA Board once that seat was vacated by Craig (Hemi) Webber.

Occupation: Business Owner, IT Consultant

Qualifications: BSocSci (Hons) Geography, Maori Studies, Advanced GIS

Education: Rotorua Boys High, University of Waikato

Rotorua Boys High School First XI 1990 – 1993
Bay of Plenty U18 & U21 1992 – 1993
Waikato University Hockey Club Premier Dev 1995-1996
Te Awamutu Hockey Club Premier Dev 1997 – 1998
Waikato-Maniapoto Mens Team 1998 – Present (NZ Maori Hockey Champions 1st Equal 2012)
Fraser Tech Hockey Club Premier Mens 1999
New Zealand Maori Senior Mens 1999 – 2001 (Defeated Singapore 3 – 0 in 2000)
Roskill Eden Hockey Club Premier Mens 2000 – 2004 (Auckland Champions 2004)
Auckland Mens Hockey 2004
University of Western Australia Premier Dev 2006-2008 (WA Champions 2008)
Roskill Eden Hockey Club Premier Dev 2010 – 2012
Suburbs Hockey Club Pastits 2019 – Present
Waikato Masters 35s, 40s, 45s 2019 – Present

Waikato Hockey Association Board

Waikato-Maniapoto Maori Hockey Kaunihera Executive

NZ Maori Hockey Kaunihera Executive

NZ Heritage Hockey Board Executive

I would like to see more cultures playing hockey in New Zealand, and especially in the Waikato.

Seeing Waikato Hockey grow and compete at high levels against other regions.

I would like to play hockey for as long as my body will let me. 

I enjoy the social aspects of Club and Masters Hockey.