Kasey King has played rugby league since returning to NZ from England in 1991, where he played rugby union.
Having never played rugby league before, he joined the Mangere East Hawks Club, thinking a season of league could improve his defensive skills, and continued to play for the next seven years.
When his son reached the age of four years and showed an interest in playing league, he made the move to coach, and then went on to perform various leadership roles within the club management, including club chairman.
Kasey started his professional life as a cabinet maker, but soon moved into management becoming the factory manager for one of New Zealand's largest furniture manufacturers, whilst studying part time for a diploma in Communication Management at Manukau Institute of Technology and Auckland University.
With previous experience working in the community to gain better facilities, improve volunteer skills and grow participation for his local club, much of his focus is on doing the same for all the clubs that fall within the Counties Manukau Zone.more -->
Mike brings a vast range of experience to this role spanning over 30 years in the game, having played his schoolboy football for Northcote Tigers before moving to South Auckland where he played Open Age Restricted Weight and Reserve grade for Papatoetoe Panthers. Whilst still playing, he coached Mini/Mod, Reserve and Premier grades before becoming the youngest member of the ARL Senior Management Committee at that time, it was during this period he worked alongside John Ackland as Manager of the 17s & 19s Development squads.
Mike also spent several years as a Club Development Officer, working with all grades while attending coaching courses himself, and currently holds Senior Club Coach Accreditation, qualifying him to facilitate Zone Mini/Mod and Development Coach Courses. Mike has coached at youth representative level, experiencing success with Auckland Maori, Auckland Vulcans, Counties Manukau Stingrays and more recently with the Counties Manukau TDP Squad, which is a NZRL Talent Development Programme.
In addition to this Mike coaches new migrants in the CMRL Ethnic Competition designed in 2013 to develop rugby league amongst the Asian community, which has attracted up to 150 Indian and Asian men to the sport. Since 2015 Mike has coached Ethnic representative teams that compete in the Cabramatta International 9s, held annually in Sydney Australia.
In his current role, Mike is actively coaching and upskilling school students along with club volunteers and has a passion to support Counties Manukau clubs build stronger communities.
Taunten is currently studying towards a Bachelor of Education at the University of Auckland, and working on a part-time basis for Counties Manukau Rugby League.
Taunten's role includes improving club capability and communication strategies through courses and workshops. She is managing the Zone social media platforms, mobile phone app and is the administration contact for the Zone.
Growing up playing various sports, Taunten is very much connected and involved in the sports world, currently playing netball in the Representative Premier League held at Bruce Pulman Park in Papakura.