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Newsmaker: Mike Rogers

Monday, January 13, 2014

Newsmaker: Mike Rogers

This week's Newsmaker is Bay of Plenty Rugby Union chief executive Mike Rogers. Mr Rogers has played a key role in organising the Bayleys National Sevens Rugby Tournament, which takes place this weekend.

Tell us about yourself.

I was born in Christchurch, spent most school years in Hamilton. I went to St John's College in Hamilton. I love to travel following sport. Played rugby, basketball and tennis in my youth. Married to Amy and have three children Sophie, 7, Emma, 5, and Matthew, 3.

Tell us about your role as chief executive of the BOP Rugby Union?

It's a very diverse role and interesting due to this. The role involves a number of facets including human resources, commercial and strategic planning and public relations to name a few. We have a small team that services a large number of people and a significant geographical area. Sport and rugby face a number of challenges including generating revenue and keeping up to speed with changes in our society. There's a big focus on these areas.

What do you love about rugby?

Rugby creates so many fantastic opportunities for people. The sevens explosion is a great example of this. Young men and women now have a pathway to represent New Zealand in the Olympic games. I love the pride and passion that rugby brings out in our communities. I especially enjoy seeing how rugby has different generations with all ages (both male and female) able to participate and contribute to the sport in a number of different ways.

What do you think is great about having the sevens in Rotorua and the Bay of Plenty?

Given the significant size of the event and interest it generates, the sevens provides an opportunity for Rotorua and the wider Bay of Plenty to showcase itself to the rest of New Zealand and the world. The community has the opportunity to be involved, take ownership and be very proud of what we can deliver. There are also fantastic economic benefits from an event this size. If we can deliver an outstanding event we will demonstrate that we can host other events of this size which will be great for the Bay of Plenty.

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