Netball Southland and Southern Steel boss David Bannister has resigned due to family commitments and plans to return to Australia.
At the helm of both the Southern Steel franchise and Netball Southland since January, Bannister said he had enjoyed his time in Southland but had found the past two months difficult without his family.
"As a family, we made the decision for Kylie and the boys to return home to Brisbane in September for a variety of reasons," he said.
"It has been extremely difficult living in different countries so I have made the tough call to resign so I can return to Australia to be with my family. They have always been, and continue to be, my number one priority."
Bannister was confident the introduction of Netball New Zealand's zone-based governance model would prove successful across all levels of the sport - from grassroots to the elite ranks of the Southern Steel.
"The transition from Netball Southland to the new Netball South entity is an exciting one but it also needs someone who can commit to seeing the process through in its entirety. Unfortunately, that's not something I am able to do so, with the organisation's best interests also in mind, I have stepped aside," he said.
"I'm proud of what has been achieved in my time here, specifically leaving the franchise in a better financial position, giving a strong base to build on in the future."
Netball Southland chairperson Debbie Hodges said Bannister's resignation was unfortunate.
"We are disappointed but we respect David's reasons for making this decision," Hodges said.
Netball South chairman Paul Buckner said while Bannister was unable to take up the role with the new entity, the board had plenty of expertise within its own ranks to call on where necessary to ensure minimal disruption until a chief executive was appointed.
"We will continue to make positive progress for netball in the south - we have a talented and exciting roster of players competing for the Southern Steel next season and some great initiatives to roll out for the benefit of community netball across the region," he said.
"The strong and professional delivery of our sport remains a focus and I am confident we will have the right personnel to make that happen - from the top down."