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Autex 
Industries 
takes 
full 
ownership 
of 
Vodafone 
Warriors

Community, New Zealand

Nov 11, 2019

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Autex 
Industries 
announced 
that 
it 
has 
taken 
sole 
ownership 
of 
the 
NRL 
club, 
the 
Vodafone 
Warriors, 
effective 
immediately.

Confirmed at the annual end-of-season Warriors Awards held at SkyCity, the move sees the family-owned business, which has been supporting New Zealand rugby league for more than 40 years, increase its existing 33% stake in the club following a deal with the Carlaw Heritage Trust – the previous majority shareholders.

 

Of the acquisition, Autex Industries CEO – Mark Robinson, says: “Owning a stake in the Club last year was the opportunity of a lifetime. We’re a league family and have stood alongside other Warriors fans in the rain, hail and sun to cheer on the boys for the past 25 years.”

“Like 
any 
local 
league 
fan, 
we’re 
passionate 
about 
seeing 
the 
team 
succeed. 
We 
know 
the 
potential 
is 
there, 
so 
we’re 
stoked 
to 
be 
taking 
on 
full 
ownership 
and 
kicking 
off 
a 
new 
chapter 
for 
the 
Club.”

The changing ownership structure, sees Autex build on its involvement with the sport in New Zealand – a legacy which was started by Mark’s father and the founder of Autex Industries, David Robinson.

 

Under David’s leadership, Autex became the first New Zealand business to sponsor a national sport’s team. In 1979, the company invested $100,000 in the national rugby league team, the Kiwis.

 

Autex Industries first became involved with the Vodafone Warriors in May last year, when it was announced the business would invest in the Club as part of a joint ownership structure.

 

Since then, Mark Robinson and Autex Managing Director (and Warriors Chairman) Rob Croot, have gone on to develop strong relationships with the Warriors team, coaching staff and senior leadership at the Club.

 

“Over the past year, we’ve built a great bond with the players and the wider team – we’re there with them at every game and stand by them through the good and not-so-good, home and away. It’s no secret this season has been tough on and off the field, but we’ve got their back and we’re proud to support them.”

“We’re 
looking 
forward 
to 
helping 
the 
Club 
reach 
its 
potential 
for 
the 
good 
of 
the 
game, 
the 
good 
of 
the 
players 
and 
for 
the 
good 
of 
our 
fans 
 
there’s 
no 
doubt 
they’re 
the 
most 
loyal 
in 
the 
NRL 
and 
they 
deserve 
to 
be 
rewarded 
for 
keeping 
the 
faith 
with 
some 
success 
on 
the 
ladder.”

Robinson confirms that despite the change in ownership, there will be no immediate leadership changes at the Club. Autex Managing Director – Rob Croot, will remain in position as Chair of the Warriors’ board, Cameron George will continue to lead the Club as CEO, and Stephen Kearney will continue to coach the team.


Community, New Zealand

Nov 11, 2019

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