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This information was published in 1966 in An Encyclopaedia of New Zealand, edited by A. H. McLintock. It has not been corrected and will not be updated.

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Administrative Organisation

The New Zealand Boxing Association, governed through its centralised council, is an all-amateur body which controls not only amateur but professional boxing as well. The NZBA has now as its revised aims: (a) “To govern, regulate and control amateur and professional boxing in New Zealand”, and (b) “To foster and encourage boxing”. Membership of the association is confined to financial local boxing associations approved by the Governor-General in Council under the Police Offences Act 1927, whose membership shall be exclusively amateur, notwithstanding the administrative link with professional sport. This rather curious situation, which deprives the sport of the administrative services of many of its outstanding professional performers, is brought about by the fact of there being legal provision for only one boxing body in the land. In order that that body may retain membership of the International Amateur Boxing Association (which is necessary to ensure competition in Olympic Games and other international events), it must exclude those who have competed for cash.

The association holds its annual conference at the time of the national amateur tournament. The council, elected at each conference, sits now at Wellington, and comprises a chairman, secretary, treasurer, and five other members. Two members of the present council are doctors and one a magistrate. The council is paid a permit fee for every tournament, amateur or professional, staged by the affiliates, plus a percentage of all prize money from professional bouts. This money is used in administrative expenses and grants to needy associations, an injured boxers' insurance fund, the amateur championships, and the sending abroad of New Zealand teams.