The Executive Council is responsible to the Board for the day to day management of the Association and comprises the following members:

Executive Director - James Mitchell

James was appointed the NZCPA Executive Director at the end of 2015. James brings a wide range of skills to his current role overseeing the Executive team (who are all volunteers) within our organisation. The Executive Director role acts as the interface between the Board (strategic and governance) and the Executive who are charged with the delivery of the sport.

He is just crazy passionate about all aspects of polo. He has had a long association with the sport in New Zealand and in particular his club Kiwi. James represented NZ at numerous international competitions and also travelled extensively for polo as a player and coach.

  • NZ Competitions Director 2000-2015
  • NZ men’s team 2002-2017
  • Founding member of Central Canoe Polo, misc. positions including President.
  • Member of Kiwi Canoe Polo Club 1994-onward. Committee member most of that time (and still) and past President.
  • ICF B referee
  • International coaching experience: Scandinavia, India and China in recent years. Involved in coaching various club and regional teams for the last 20 years.
  • Played all his career for Vikings teams winning numerous titles. These days he plays slightly more socially for the Vikings Valhalla team.

James can be contacted on nzcpaexecdirector@gmail.com​​​​​​​