NZ Rugby Board representational 'diversity'



  • This might need to go into 'Politics', kinda cuts directly between the two.

    Sad to see this sort of cancer working its way through everything. When your entire being, your history, views, life experiences and qualifications for a job can be summarised simply by the pigment of your skin then you've just institutionalised actual racism.

    While 2016 and 2018 saw Farah Palmer and Sir Michael Jones elected to NZR's board, Wednesday's 2019 annual general meeting saw three middle-aged white men either elected and reappointed.
    And they weren't even close to adding more diversity to the board, with the two provincial candidates put forward both cut from the same cloth.

    https://www.stuff.co.nz/sport/rugby/all-blacks/112116109/new-zealand-rugbys-board-no-closer-to-diversity-target-after-wednesdays-agm



  • with Tew supposedly retiring at the end of the year, hard to see Raelene Castle having a crack with this Folau thing on her resume...best to just get best person for the job, male or female, or I guess identifying as Australian if needs must.



  • Why does it require diversity? Who wants people without an understanding of rugby and commercial nous on the board ffs?



  • Never any polling the public for these superficial diversity measures.

    Not suggesting NZRU should poll people when deciding the make up of boards, more the diversity beats experience and knowledge principle so prevalent today.

    It's like I've woken up one day and it's been universally endorsed as a world truth, and just live with it regardless what the silent majority thinks.



  • @antipodean said in NZ Rugby Board representational 'diversity':

    Why does it require diversity? Who wants people without an understanding of rugby and commercial nous on the board ffs?

    It’s not zero sum.

    The most recent “diverse” additions actually have a lot of nous - MJ is a former AB and business owner I think (along with being a PI and a geographer?) and Farah Palmer is a 3 time RWC winner and lecturer in Sports Management.



  • @Nepia said in NZ Rugby Board representational 'diversity':

    @antipodean said in NZ Rugby Board representational 'diversity':

    Why does it require diversity? Who wants people without an understanding of rugby and commercial nous on the board ffs?

    It’s not zero sum.

    I didn't suggest it was - the point it the article is implying they aren't doing enough to make the board diverse, as if it should magically represent the makeup of the population.

    The most recent “diverse” additions actually have a lot of nous - MJ is a former AB and business owner I think (along with being a PI and a geographer?) and Farah Palmer is a 3 time RWC winner and lecturer in Sports Management.

    There on their merits, not because one tans better and the other wore bras.



  • @Nepia said in NZ Rugby Board representational 'diversity':

    @antipodean said in NZ Rugby Board representational 'diversity':

    Why does it require diversity? Who wants people without an understanding of rugby and commercial nous on the board ffs?

    It’s not zero sum.

    The most recent “diverse” additions actually have a lot of nous - MJ is a former AB and business owner I think (along with being a PI and a geographer?) and Farah Palmer is a 3 time RWC winner and lecturer in Sports Management.

    Exactly, it's demeaning to say that these additions didn't make it on merit but on pigment and having the correct genitalia and that is what this push implies.

    It's a running joke at my work right now (large tech company), with male managers leaving and replaced with female managers..merit or genitalia.. hard to say when you have publicly announced targets based on immutable characteristics.

    Why not diversity targets on height? weight? How about household income during childhood? Aversion to pineapple on pizza? Political persuasion?

    The religion of diversity determines that your entire being can be adequately described by your skin pigment, your genitalia, what you pretend your genitalia is or who you want to fuck. Everything else about you is secondary.



  • @antipodean @Rembrandt TBH, I actually don’t understand why this is an issue other than ‘culture wars’? (So thought I best reply now before this gets moved to the Politics section).

    Not every push for change is culture wars or the erosion of one group’s standing in society. Diversity can improve an organisation and I assume NZR feels it will help improve theirs.

    I work for an organisation that could have an entire BoD of one culture, but it’s not because they feel it would lock them into one type of thinking and they feel diverse backgrounds and ideas are actually beneficial when directing the business. Also, another example of this is the better iwi organisations who have diverse boards on their commercial arms for the same reasons.

    What is the issue with a Board slightly more representative of the population when they’re selected on merit?

    @antipodean said in NZ Rugby Board representational 'diversity':

    I didn't suggest it was

    My response was based on this line Who wants people without an understanding of rugby and commercial nous on the board ffs? which implied, in my reading of it, that they weren't there on merit.

    @Rembrandt said in NZ Rugby Board representational 'diversity':

    When your entire being, your history, views, life experiences and qualifications for a job can be summarised simply by the pigment of your skin then you've just institutionalised actual racism.

    I think you're overlooking the fact that the bold highlights diversity, is diversity ... not just pigmentation. I think that's the difference NZR wants.


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    @Nepia said in NZ Rugby Board representational 'diversity':

    @antipodean @Rembrandt TBH, I actually don’t understand why this is an issue other than ‘culture wars’? (So thought I best reply now before this gets moved to the Politics section).

    Not every push for change is culture wars or the erosion of one group’s standing in society. Diversity can improve an organisation and I assume NZR feels it will help improve theirs.

    I work for an organisation that could have an entire BoD of one culture, but it’s not because they feel it would lock them into one type of thinking and they feel diverse backgrounds and ideas are actually beneficial when directing the business. Also, another example of this is the better iwi organisations who have diverse boards on their commercial arms for the same reasons.

    What is the issue with a Board slightly more representative of the population when they’re selected on merit?

    @antipodean said in NZ Rugby Board representational 'diversity':

    I didn't suggest it was

    My response was based on this line Who wants people without an understanding of rugby and commercial nous on the board ffs? which implied, in my reading of it, that they weren't there on merit.

    @Rembrandt said in NZ Rugby Board representational 'diversity':

    When your entire being, your history, views, life experiences and qualifications for a job can be summarised simply by the pigment of your skin then you've just institutionalised actual racism.

    I think you're overlooking the fact that the bold highlights diversity, is diversity ... not just pigmentation. I think that's the difference NZR wants.

    That may be what NZR wants but is it what the article was referring to? Doubt it.



  • @Rancid-Schnitzel said in NZ Rugby Board representational 'diversity':

    That may be what NZR wants but is it what the article was referring to? Doubt it.

    You expect me to read the articles now? That's anti the ethos of the Fern!!! 😉

    Nah, I read the article, it was quite confusing and the writer seemed want to cross story lines between diversity and general governance structures in parts - TBH, my posting on the thread was more a response to @Rembrandt and @antipodean's discussions than the article itself.



  • All this inclusive , feel good crap really pisses me off . Appointing anyone to any position based on anything other than merit is utter bollocks . Personally I would hate the thought that the people I worked with thought I hadn't earned my place .



  • @Nepia said in NZ Rugby Board representational 'diversity':

    What is the issue with a Board slightly more representative of the population when they’re selected on merit?

    It shouldn't even be a factor IMO, it should just be on merit alone. If that means the best candidate is a woman, or black, or gay should make no difference.

    Also means if the best candidate is a white guy over 50, also no problem.

    As soon as you start filtering candidates by physical characteristics like skin colour or sex, you are no longer selecting on merit. The key is make sure you get a wide range of candidates, and not exclude anybody, and then pick the best person for the job.



  • I think there should be a spot on the board for people who lacked any talent at the game and like to get drunk watching test matches. I'd be a shoe in i reckon , perhaps a tad over qualified if I'm being honest.



  • @Kirwan I think one of NZRs issues is they feel they’re not getting that wide range of candidates.



  • @Nepia said in NZ Rugby Board representational 'diversity':

    @Kirwan I think one of NZRs issues is they feel they’re not getting that wide range of candidates.

    And I have no problem with them addressing that issue. I do have an issue with them being judged on the diversity they select on the board, however, as it's a meaningless metric.



  • @Kirwan said in NZ Rugby Board representational 'diversity':

    It shouldn't even be a factor IMO, it should just be on merit alone. If that means the best candidate is a woman, or black, or gay should make no difference.

    I don't necessarily disagree, though I think the background of candidates is relevant and being a woman/black/whatever can make a candidate more suitable for a role.

    I think it's really pertinent to Board structures, where ultimately you want a diverse range of viewpoints and experiences around the table.

    I'm critical of the Rugby Australia Board because I think it's dominated by white privately schooled men from Sydney or Brisbane. Considering the high number of people from non-Anglo backgrounds playing our game, or people from outside Sydney/Brisbane, I think it would be wise for them to look outside this narrow demographic.

    A popular (and accurate) critique of RA is they only act in the interests of a narrow group of people on the Eastern Seaboard, without much regard for the rest of the country. When you look at the Board, it's hard not to see why those decisions have been made in that way.



  • @Nepia said in NZ Rugby Board representational 'diversity':

    @antipodean @Rembrandt TBH, I actually don’t understand why this is an issue other than ‘culture wars’? (So thought I best reply now before this gets moved to the Politics section).

    Not every push for change is culture wars or the erosion of one group’s standing in society. Diversity can improve an organisation and I assume NZR feels it will help improve theirs.

    I work for an organisation that could have an entire BoD of one culture, but it’s not because they feel it would lock them into one type of thinking and they feel diverse backgrounds and ideas are actually beneficial when directing the business. Also, another example of this is the better iwi organisations who have diverse boards on their commercial arms for the same reasons.

    What is the issue with a Board slightly more representative of the population when they’re selected on merit?

    @antipodean said in NZ Rugby Board representational 'diversity':

    I didn't suggest it was

    My response was based on this line Who wants people without an understanding of rugby and commercial nous on the board ffs? which implied, in my reading of it, that they weren't there on merit.

    @Rembrandt said in NZ Rugby Board representational 'diversity':

    When your entire being, your history, views, life experiences and qualifications for a job can be summarised simply by the pigment of your skin then you've just institutionalised actual racism.

    I think you're overlooking the fact that the bold highlights diversity, is diversity ... not just pigmentation. I think that's the difference NZR wants.

    I think you're having an argument of your own invention. Nothing I've said is against the concept of greater diversity on boards. In fact quite the opposite. There's strong evidence that gender diversity in boards is tied to financial performance, it is generally profitable after accounting for change and that it can reduce securities fraud for example.

    I believe executive positions should be merit based and that given the choice if two candidates are the same, why wouldn't you elect to take one that increases the possibilities that they look at problems and hence solutions from different perspectives. The greatest threat to companies is group think.

    My point was to the quote:

    While 2016 and 2018 saw Farah Palmer and Sir Michael Jones elected to NZR's board, Wednesday's 2019 annual general meeting saw three middle-aged white men either elected and reappointed.

    And they weren't even close to adding more diversity to the board, with the two provincial candidates put forward both cut from the same cloth.



  • @barbarian That viewport works if all white people think the same and all brown people think the same. Again, look for the best candidate based on competance. If the school/background is relevant then include that in the criteria for selection.



  • @Kirwan said in NZ Rugby Board representational 'diversity':

    @barbarian That viewport works if all white people think the same and all brown people think the same.

    That's the disturbing aspect of the article, the assumption that your viewpoint is predetermined by physical characteristics outside of your control.



  • @Kirwan Agreed, though I think it's less about 'thinking the same' and more about being closer to specific communities and more in touch on specific issues.


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