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Over the past few weeks, we have seen unprecedented disruption at all levels of sport and recreation in Aotearoa New Zealand and around the world. 
Women in Sport Aotearoa and our partners at Trans-Tasman Business Circle SportsConnect are delighted to bring you a free series of live interviews with key leaders.
Date: Friday 17 April 2020
Time: 13.30 (dial in from 13.25)
(To avoid long queues in the waiting room on the day we do recommend you register in advance)
This week we will continue our new virtual series with Martin Snedden CNZM, Board Member & ‘One Cricket’ Project Lead, New Zealand Cricket (NZC). We are delighted to welcome sports reporter Rikki Swannell as our week two moderator.
International cricket came to an instant halt for our New Zealand teams when Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced tough new border restrictions would come into force at midnight on 15 March 2020 to control the spread of COVID-19. The BLACKCAPS team were rushed home from Australia, after cancellation of remaining matches in the Chappell-Hadlee series and the pending T20 series. Since then, the WHITEFERNS scheduled tour of Sri Lanka starting in late April has also been postponed indefinitely, along with all other fixtures at international and domestic level. The community game is also at an unprecedented standstill due to the ongoing Level-4 lockdown. New Zealand Cricket (NZC) has been quick to move, putting in place a range of measures to protect the future of the game at all levels. With the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup due to be played in Aotearoa in just under 12 months (Feb/Mar 2021), we look forward to listening to and learning from Martin, as he talks about the leadership challenges current and future for NZC. 
In particular, Martin will talk about:
– The impact of a major reduction in the availability of gaming trust funding on community cricket and how this will force a major re-think for all community sport, not just for NZ Cricket
– The growing willingness for sports to collaborate, cross-code, rather than work in competition. He will explore the creative possibilities that may come in the future as a result.
– The uncertainties around border restrictions and international travel, and how this will impact larger events over 1-2 years.
– The origins of the ‘One Cricket’ project – designed to diversify and include all New Zealanders in cricket – and outline how NZC will mitigate the potential impacts of COVID-19 on this strategy   
– And generally, he will give an overview of the decisions taken and his learnings, as NZ Cricket navigates COVID-19
About Martin – 
A former 1980s BLACKCAP, Martin brings a wealth of ‘business of sport’ experience to the table. Martin, at various stages, has been Chief Executive of NZC, Rugby New Zealand 2011 (which delivered RWC 2011), Tourism Industry Association NZ, and Duco Events as well as having been a Director of the ICC and World Masters Games 2017. Martin is passionate about inclusion, now leading NZC’s ‘One Cricket’ project. He is a Board member of Women in Sport Aotearoa.
Leadership from Lockdown is a brand new series designed to:
– Listen to the stories of a varied range of top leaders from across sport and active recreation
– Explore the major decisions they have made (or reacted to) and their decision-making processes
– Understand the practicalities of managing staff, stakeholders and volunteers through significant change
– Find out about the process of redeveloping an organisational strategic plan and budget “on the fly”
– Learn about opportunities and challenges unique to their particular position or type of organisation
– Hear authentic insights about the journey they have been on personally, as they lead from lockdown