The chair of Swimming New Zealand, Murray Coulter, has resigned in the wake of an independent report which describes the sport's high performance programme as dysfunctional an lacking leadership.
It also follows a letter last month from a group of the sport's regional delegates, calling on the entire Swimming New Zealand board to resign.
Coulter says he'd like to play a part in planned changes to the sport but says his continued role as chairman, is acting as an impediment and he's standing down immediately.
He says he's distressed at the personal attacks on staff and board members and believes if he remains it'll damage the sport.
Swimming New Zealand will hold its AGM in three weeks time.