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Piper was elected unanimously at a meeting of Dunedin metropolitan club officials on Wednesday night. He
may have to stand down as chairman of Dunedin when he goes on the board, to maintain independence.
Piper, who is the South Island general manager of NZME, had been a board member of New Zealand Netball.
The clubs had sought to get a member on the board to represent their views after they felt there were not being listened to over various issues.
The union's constitution was changed earlier this month after a special general meeting of the union.
At the same meeting it was also agreed to have a representative from the Otago Country region join the board.
Otago Country chairman Bob Perriam said when contacted yesterday the Country board had a meeting next week when it would discuss the issue.
Board chairman Keith Cooper was set to stand down in the next few weeks after seven years on the board. It is not known who will take over as the new board chairman.