The administration of the business of Karate New Zealand shall be vested in a National Executive Board of Management to be called the Executive Board.

The Executive Board of Karate New Zealand works to ensure the best interests of all our members. 

The Executive Board consists of the following office bearers:
• President, who shall be the Chairperson
• Secretary-General
• Treasurer
• Up to four additional Board members

The full description of the Executive Board, including duties and powers, are available in our Constitution. They are further extended in our Bylaws.


Grant Holland

Email: gholland@karatenz.org.nz

​​​​​​​Grant is a people oriented, results-focused Senior Executive with over two decades of leadership experience gained through National Management, Country Head, and CEO roles.  He has a strong sense of purpose and motivation to help teams, organisations, and individuals achieve beyond what was thought possible.  Over the course of his career Grant has been a past board member, WKF Referee, and is a current 6th Dan.

Rebecca Dobson
Secretary General

Email: rmerrifield@karatenz.org.nz​​​​​​​

  • Canterbury Westland Karate Treasurer
  • Canterbury Coach (since 2011)
  • 3rd Dan Shito-Ryu Kofukan Karate-Do, 2nd Dan JKF Goju Kai, 2nd Dan Zen Do Kai, 
  • Kokufan Karate Dojo since 2010
  • Competed for ​​​​KNZ for a number of years and has previously been a KNZ selector and member of the Coaching Council ​​​​​​​

Rebecca believes Karate is a lifelong sport through competition, teaching, coaching and continual growth. We need to keep progresing both Sport and Traditional sides of Karate. Continue to grow so those who follow in our footsteps have the chance and opportunity to progress further.

    Gene Browne

    Email: ​​​​​​​

    Gene has been involved with KNZ for decades from being a competitor, national coach, WKF referee, to various recent stints on the KNZ Executive Council. Gene believes everyone has a voice and is happy to deal directly with any KNZ member if they have questions or issues. He wants to see KNZ improve not only in sporting endeavours but also in traditional karate and as an organisation. Gene trains at Chidokan and is a 6 dan.

    Dave Harris
    Coaching Council Liason, Referee Council Chair

    Email: dharris@karatenz.org.nz

    • Fushin Ryu Karate
    • Black Belt 4th Dan
    • 2015/2016 World Karate Federation Qualifications, received WKF Referee A status this year
    • 2011 Oceania Karate Federation Qualifications
    • 2006 Karate New Zealand Qualifications

    Dave started Chidokan Karate under Kancho Jack Sims in 1978, and joined Fushin Ryu Karate in 1996. He has been part of the KNZ RC since 2016, and has represented New Zealand as a referee at OKF and WKF since 2011.

    Patricia Reilly
    KNZ Website, Regional Councils, Grassroots Karate Development

    Email: preilly@karatenz.org.nz

    As a 5th Dan Black black in Goju-Ryu Karate, a previous Regional and National Champion (and medalist) and two-time Prime Minister's Scholarship winner, Sensei Patricia has over 39 years of training under her belt. She competed in sport karate from 1986 to 2006, ending her competitive career with a silver medal for Team Kata at Oceania Karate Championships. Patricia has also been a National Coach and a member of the National Coaching Council. She has a full-time secondary teacher role as Head of Visual Arts at St Patrick’s College in Kilbirnie, Wellington. Her company Fitness Move enables Patricia to help families fit fitness in their busy lives whether it is at the dojo training, fitness classes or 2-minute moves at work. At 59 she shows no sign of slowing down. "Anyone can do karate (and improve their fitness), it's a decision to just do it today. It not only disciplines the body it also disciplines the mind".

    Having raised ten children, Sensei Patricia has this to say, "As humans, we all need structure, ritual and good habits. Karate creates strong structures that individuals can build resilience on, set goals and break boundaries they never thought possible! Life is exciting. As a member of Karate New Zealand and in my role on the KNZ Board, I want to help as many people as possible live authentic lives that enhance their wellbeing and that of others through karate. That is karate. The Art of the Empty Hand."

    Aviette Musin

    Email: amusin@karatenz.org.nz

    Aviette has a background in Executive leadership and Board Governance including Chief Executive and Board director, and is Institute of Directors Qualified in Governance. Aviette is excited about the pivotal role that sports like Karate can play in enhancing the wellbeing of New Zealanders. She loves to help organisations to achieve their full potential through good leadership and governance. With a qualified outside of karate fresh perspective, we believe Aviette will be instrumental in leading and helping with a new positive future focussed chapter for Karate New Zealand.