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'Incompetent and didn't perform' - Sir Owen Glenn slams NZ Hockey board after Mark Hager's exit

Last week Glenn had frozen $2 million of funding he had pledged to the Black Sticks women for 2019 and 2020. Source: 1 NEWS

Sir Owen Glenn has slammed New Zealand Hockey's board for their treatment of former Black Sticks women coach Mark Hager, and he has questioned whether he will resume his financial support for the women's programme.

Yesterday NZ Hockey released a summary of a review into the Black Sticks women environment by lawyer Maria Dew.

Dew's report said 24 of 33 players interviewed said there was serious problems surrounding the "negative environment" in the team.

Glenn told 1 NEWS he had seen 74 pages of the report produced by Dew, but there had been big parts missing in the document.

Sir Owen said he is not sure whether he will continue funding the hockey programme for the women.

"Well it doesn't exist [relationship with Hockey NZ], look hang on I'm still paying the men and I'm still giving the $3 million to the New Zealand Olympic committee," said Sir Owen.

"So if you guys think I'm a real bad guy - I will just pull everything.

"I didn't do something wrong, I'm asking for fair play and justice for Mark Hager and for a review of the NZ Hockey board, who are incompetent and didn't perform."

Sir Owen last week froze $2 million of funding he had pledged for the Black Sticks women in for 2019 and 2020 after Hager announced his resignation last month.

"Well they [members of NZ Hockey board] flew over, the new chairman came over… they explained what their position was and I explained what I thought.

"They were due to go away and come back by the end of February on the things that I wanted looked at. They haven't, they white-washed it [review] and so we have a Mexican standoff."

The review was launched in September after 1 NEWS revealed former Black Sticks women's coach Hager accidentally sent an email to the entire team in July last year that criticised several players at the World Cup in London.

Dew said in her report that HNZ systems "had failed to enable player issues to be responded to at the time."

Chair of the Board at Hockey NZ Mike Bignell apologised yesterday to the current and past New Zealand women's hockey players at a press conference in Auckland.

"The failings resulted in unacceptable outcomes for some of our players and consequently the broader management team," said Bignell.

"It should never have got to this point and Hockey New Zealand unequivocally apologises to all those who have had a poor experience in the environment.

"We're sorry we did not have the right support in place to ensure legitimate concerns were investigated. We welcome the opportunity to meet confidentially with anyone who believes that their concerns are not being addressed."