Athletics New Zealand is to undergo a major restructure aimed at improving its service to its members.
The national sports organisation today announced the restructure which it said would "better align the organisation" and make it "more visible and relevant to its members and the estimated 700,000 New Zealanders who take part in running and walking activities".
Atrhletics NZ has been working towards an operational restructure over over the last four years, with a revamped governance and redefined strategy resulting in the adoption of a new constitution in 2010.
Chief executive Scott Newman says that the changes are "designed to create a national office that is more responsive and proactive, with a presence right down to grass roots level".
He added: "We're strongly focused on the delivery of a new community athletics plan targeting the development of new participation opportunities and improving the quality of participation experiences in our 200 clubs."
The new structure will closely align staff members with roles in club development and officials' development, with time being spent directly with clubs on increasing the quality of their service and overall capability.
Two new roles have also been formed - a commercial and marketing manager and a communications and membership manager.
The organisation will also create Auckland and Christchurch offices, with the current Wellington office closing.
The high performance programme is not part of the reorganisation and will be reviewed later this year with High Performance Sport NZ under the four-yearly high performance investment cycle review.
- © Fairfax NZ News