KartSport Board Nominees For Office 2022 AGM

KartSport New Zealand 2022 Annual General Meeting  

Kartport Affiliated Clubs will vote for each position at the AGM. KartSport has received nominations for the following positions for election in 2022. ​​​​​​​

  • President (2-year term): Brent Melhop (Wellington & Taranaki)
  • Vice President (2-year term). Darren Johnson (Auckland)
  • Either Island Representaive (2 Year term) 1: Darren Johnson (Auckland), 2: Mark Barnhill (Superkarts, Whangarei, Hamilton)
  • Patron (1-year term) Scott McLaughlin (Hamilton) 


KartSport NZ: Nomination for President 2022-2024

Brent Melhop

20th June 2022

Hi, my name is Brent Melhop and as you know I am the current Vice President (VP) of Kartsport New Zealand and I wish to stand for President for the next two year term.

As a Board member currently I have already displayed an ability to be agile, to think outside the box, and to be able to make forward thinking decisions for the betterment of our sport. My aim is over Kartsport to new leadership in 2 year’s time in a strong and growing position, working with all our partners in the sport be they Drivers, Parents, Sponsor or our amazing trade shop.

I appreciate the nomination from my Home club KartSport Wellington and would love to be able to work for a term as President.


  • I have been working on the and with the executive/Board for the last 18 years as per the following
  • KartSport NZ Vice president for the last 4 years
  • KartSport NZ Treasurer for 17 years  (I have worked with 4 different Presidents)
  • 9 years as President in Wellington
  • 28 years Treasurer of Kartsport Wellington
  • 32 years of continuous Kart racing- I am a competitor (over 1,500 races) in Club class Yamaha, open, Gearbox, Rotax Max Light and Heavy, Briggs LO206
  • Current Holder of the Briggs National Endurance Title with my team mates  Shaun Croskery and Thomas Batt
  • Life Member of Kartsport Wellington
  • WPKA Treasurer, Delegate and Vice President over the last 5 plus years
  • An accountant with my own business for over 25 years 

In my spare time I love to water ski and I bring a strong moral and ethical view as part of my Christian faith to our sport.

My Goals:

My focus is around club development and growth.  I have a passion for the grass roots of karting, at club racing level, were all our national and international Champions start.

I am a passionate outspoken Karter who gets involved in making our sport not only operate but improve. I speak my mind, I debate strongly and believe I make informed decisions . 

  1. I wish to continue the development of the Briggs/Racket 120 Grass roots class that has given some clubs in New Zealand the much needed boost in membership and volunteers.
  2. I wish to Work on helping clubs with their membership growth at club level, using my experience in club management and the continued development of the Sporty digital platform to improve our management of the sport.
  3. I wish to continue the solid fiscal management of our governing body, especially as I would be stepping down from the Treasurer role after 18 years
  4. I wish to continue to ensure that the costs of karting are managed to make it a sport that people can enter in a cost effect way but accepting we are not a cheap sport to join.
  5. I strongly believe in User pays, and that costs be fairly attributed to those karters using the resources of kart clubs and Kartsport.
  6. While I believe the sport needs to work closely with its various engine/tyre suppliers and the NZ Karting trade, the Sport needs to retain a strong governance position to ensure:
  • Fairness
  • Consistency
  • Parity
  • Equipment redundancy is limited
  • Appropriate safety standards
  • Training support for all our volunteers and the clubs they run​​​​​​​

Brent Melhop

20th June 2022

Vice President

KartSport NZ: Nomination for Vice President 2022-2024

Darren Johnson

Hello Karting Community.

As many of you know, I am a later in life starter to our wonderful sport of Karting.  I followed my son into the sport, and since then have developed a passion for all things motor racing.

My skills on the track are limited to say the least, but I love being one of those club day warriors that gets out for a skid as often as I can.

Off the track, I have served two years as President of KartSport Auckland Incorporated.  In those two years I achieved my main goals of;

  1.  bringing good governance to KartSport Auckland with a strong and inclusive committee

  2.  growing the club; and  3.  developing and handing on to a natural successor.

I have now served for almost a year on the KartSport New Zealand Board.  I ran for that role on the ticket of also strengthening the governance model at KartSport New Zealand as our sport matures.

My recommendation to change the name of our governing body to 'Board' was more than just a name change, it reflects a different approach to governance that the Board will take going forward.

Going forward I see the Board playing a strong governance role, while delegating the operation of the sport to a strong management team under James Hadley.  The role of the President under Brent is expected to transition to be more akin to a Chairperson of a Board over the next 12 months, ensuring separation between governance and operations to ensure that our great sport has the right governance model in which to mature and flourish.Work has been done over the last year to tidy up the KartSport New Zealand Constitution, again in support of strong governance and to clearly defined the roles of the Club and KartSport New Zealand.

I am a strong believer that KartSport New Zealand’s role is to provide a competitive service to clubs, and to be reactive to the Clubs needs.  The Clubs should always be treated as the customers of KartSport New Zealand.

I strongly support Brent running for the role of President, and was pleased to be asked to co-run with Brent.  Brent and I have a very good professional working relationship which I look forward to continuing to work together.  Together I am confident that we can achieve the right outcomes for KartSport in New Zealand

Not wanting to pre-suppose the members wishes, but it looks like the sport will enjoy a well-balanced Board in the future, with Tiff and Regan providing great representation in their respective roles, and Mark also bringing the perspective of the officials and another driver.Outside of spending time with my family and hanging out at the Kart track, I am a Partner in a Big 4 accounting firm, specialising in Tax & Business Advisory.

Either Island Representative

KartSport NZ: Nomination for Either Island 2022-2024

Darren Johnson

See Above

Either Island Representative

KartSport NZ: Nomination for Either island 2022-2024

Mark Barnhill​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

With an open mind and a diverse background, I can be an asset to the KartSport Board. I am able to bring to the table a wide range of Karting experience and knowledge. My diversity at the moment being a Sprint and SuperKart Driver, Grade 2 Race Official, SuperKart Drivers Club Committee Member gives me good insight and a strong foundation of issues from multiple perspectives.

My Professional Standpoint. Currently, I am the IT & Business Intelligence Manager at Carters Tyre Service and have been there for over 14 years. Starting from the shop floor and completing my apprenticeship I have worked my way up to my current role. Over the years I have been successful across multiple key areas of the Business and have been the Lead on many key projects. After completing a range of Microsoft certifications and an intense study at MIT in both IT and Finance and my strong knowledge of technology, I can bring a lot to the table.

Digital is the way forward and Kartsport Clubs, Competitors and Officials. Currently KartSport is making this significant investment with Sporty, and I believe that the key to success with this transformation will take the effort from the entire Karting Family and as a Member of the Board, I will be able to add value to this project with my vast background in IT and Systems.

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Description automatically generatedTo develop as an organization, we must adapt with the times and welcome change to ensure new growth in all areas and I would be honored to be part of the journey and work alongside the Clubs Management, and the Board to deliver the best sporting experience to the individual KartSport has to offer.

Mark Barnhill – 021 885023 – mark.barnhill@carterstyres.co.nz

Linkedin - www.linkedin.com/in/mark-barnhill

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