NZ Heritage Hockey Tournament

Easter Weekend 2021

Hockey NZ Development, NZ Indian Sports Association, NZ Maori Hockey, and NZ Pasifika Hockey.

Tournament Website
Tournament Venue Kolmar Sports Centre

Sutton Crescent, Papatoetoe

Auckland New Zealand

Google Maps

From Papatoetoe Off-ramp
From Manukau Off-ramp

Tournament Dates Friday 2nd April 2021 – Monday 5th April 2021
Tournament Host New Zealand Heritage Hockey
Events Hockey

NZ Maori Sports Awards

The 30th Māori Sports Awards

30 in 30 – 3 episodes will screen live on

Tuesday 9 Feb, Wednesday 10 Feb, Thursday 11 Feb 2021.

Māori Television from 7.30pm each episode

Sky TV from 8.00pm each episode

The nominees for hockey are Also, the picks for the best Maori hockey players the past 30 years:

  • Kayla Whitelock (Sharland) MNZM (Rangitāne) HOCKEY
  • Tina Moewai BELL-KAKE (Ngāti Tuwharetoa, Whakatōhea, Ngāti Pūkenga)

Tournament Draw and Information

Our Tournament is nearly upon us.  All tournament information can be found under the Tournament menu.

Stay up with the play by saving our Tournament page as you favourite.


Po Whakangahau Tickets and Kai

The Po Whakangahau is being held on Sunday 25th October 2020 at the Te Rapa Raceway Centennial Lounge from 6:30pm to 9:30pm.

Kai is being served at the Gallagher Hockey Centre from 4:00pm to 6:00pm from 3 amazing Food Trucks.

All teams players, coaches, & managers get an event & dinner ticket included in their Tournament Fee.


If you have whanau coming then purchase them an event & dinner ticket now online.


  1. Visit the shop
  2. Add a Po Whakangahau ticket to your order.
  3. Add a Kai ticket to your order.
  4. Pay online with Credit Card and we will receive your order and put them on the list.  Make sure you put your name.
Hockey Tournament

New COVID Alert Levels

The Government announced a further de-escalation in alert levels across New Zealand on Monday 21st September.

For Auckland this means a move to Alert Level 2 with an increase in the gatherings limit to 100 from 11.59pm on Wednesday 23rd October. For the rest of Aotearoa New Zealand, the move to Alert Level 1 starts 11.59pm Monday 21st September.

What this means for Auckland:

  • Sport and recreation can take place as long as contact tracing and appropriate hygiene measures are in place
  • However gatherings, where people come into close contact, are limited to 100, including all players, spectators and officials
  • Multiple gatherings can take place in a defined space as long as those gatherings remain separated at all times
  • It’s still important to maintain physical distancing when out and about; masks are required on public transport and planes
  • You can travel regionally but Aucklanders should take their alert level restrictions with them
  • If you are travelling to another region for an event, check with the organisers to see if you can participate in that event safely
  • Naturally anyone with COVID-19 symptoms must isolate and get advice about getting tested

What this means for the rest of Aotearoa New Zealand:

  • There are no gatherings limits but you should continue to focus on good hygiene measures
  • Masks or PPE are not mandatory but are encouraged on public transport and planes
  • If you are organising any kind of event or tournament, you should keep in mind that alert levels could change at any time, and you may have to modify the format, postpone or cancel the gathering, depending on the situation
  • Naturally anyone with COVID-19 symptoms must isolate and get advice about getting tested


For more information stay tuned to our website media.


COVID New Outbreak

Due to the recent outbreak of COVID-19 in Auckland and Rotorua NZ Maori Hockey Kaunihera sends the following message and update to all our Maori hockey players and whanau.

2020 National Maori Hockey Tournaments

  • If New Zealand comes out of Level 2 (Auckland level 3) then we carry on business as usual to run a tournament in October Labour weekend. Should this need to change due to the impacts of COVID 19, we will update all rohe – in discussion with the host rohe – as information comes to hand.
  • The NZ Maori Hockey Kaunihera will monitor the situation and report back to Rohe asap.

Sport and recreation activities are allowed, subject to conditions on gatherings, record keeping, and physical distancing where practical.

Source: NZ Government COVID website

Hockey in your Rohe (Region)

Currently most of the country is in Lockdown Level 2 which means hockey can still be played under certain guidelines.  See NZ Government COVID website for more details.

Noho ora mai


Calling All Maori Hockey Players

The 2020 Haupoi Maori Aotearoa (National Maori Hockey Tournament) is being held in Hamilton from the 23rd – 26th October this year at the Gallagher Hockey Centre.

The best Maori talent from right across Aotearoa will be involved and we want you there with us.

If you are interested in playing for your rohe (regional team), then get in touch with us now and someone will contact you about trialing for your rohe.

Our Rohe


Please contact us via email and provide your name, contact details and which association you currently play hockey for.


Events Tournament

NZ Maori Hockey Tournament 2020 in Hamilton

It has been decided that the NZ Maori Hockey Tournament 2020 will be held in Hamilton over Labour Weekend, 23-26 October 2020.

What can you expect to see at the tournament?

  • Top quality hockey with a touch of flare.
  • Friends, whanau, and old rivals.
  • Tikanga Maori, on and off the field.

How can i get involved?

Contact your local Rohe to get involved.  Visit the Rohe page on the website to get contact details or email from more information.


New Zealand Maori Haupoi in mourning

It is with much sorrow that we announce the passing of two much loved people, Diamond Jubilee Irimana and Ohomauri (Jossie) Ripia.


Jubilee has always been in and around hockey, and over the past few years you would have seen him on the side of a hockey field with his camera taking great action photos.  Jubilee will be missed by many and korero of this great man will be versed often over time.  Jubilee is, and has always been, Waiariki through and through and we know that past and present from this staunch haupoi rohe will be filled with sorrow and love for this loss.

Our thoughts are with the whanau.

Kua hinga te tōtara i Te Waonui-a-Tāne.


Haere atu ra Ohomauri (Jossie) who while living in Australia had very deep roots to Aotearoa.  A steadfast figure and matriarch of a passionate whanau who will be sorely missed but often celebrated for the joy and love that Jossie bought to her whanau.  In these testing times with the global pandemic going on we support Kahu & Joy Ripia and their whanau knowing that many will not be with Jossie in Australia.  Love is not bound by distance, it is held within ourselves forever.

Moi mai ra e te whanau hoki ki nga maatua tupuna kua wehe, haere, haere, hoki atu.

“Life is what you celebrate.”
“All of it.”
Even the end!
Credit: Joanne Harris


New Zealand Maori Haupoi wishes both whanau all the best in these trying times of grief.


More than a game: A history of Māori Hockey

Dylan Thomas, Waikato-Maniapoto Maori Hockey Tane Captain, spent time over the summer collating information and interviewing various people with the goal of producing an informative report on Māori Hockey.  The report has been published on Maori Home Front and can be viewed below or downloaded as a PDF.

“Easter weekend is normally the time for sports competitions, including hockey, but lockdown means that’s not happening at the moment. However we are really pleased to release research from Dylan Thomas, one of our summer scholarship recipients. Dylan (Raukawa, Hauraki) is a keen hockey player, and has taken his passion to produce a report on the history of Māori hockey.”

Online Version

Downloadable Version


Maori Hockey History

Image: Champion Māori Hockey Teams, 1936. Auckland Weekly News 15 July 1936, Auckland Library Heritage Collection. Ref: AWNS-19360715-44-5


Media Release 4th April 2020

Following an urgent New Zealand Maori Hockey Kaunihera (Committee) meeting today, of which 21 members from around New Zealand attended via video, a discussion was held specifically on two issues:

  1. National Maori Hockey Tournament and
  2. New Zealand Maori Hockey Junior & Senior Tane (Men) and Wahine (Women) fixtures for 2020. The following decisions are:
    • A decision has been made to wait until the 30th June 2020 to make a final decision on the National Maori Hockey Tournament this year. The landscape of COVID-19 is changing daily and by the end of June 2020 we should know what we are up against.
    • If the National Maori Hockey Tournament goes ahead over the October 2020 long weekend – then the venue will be confirmed. Takitimu (Wellington – Hawkes Bay) have advised that they will decline the tournament this year due to COVID-19. The Kaunihera will therefore plan and run a tournament with a chosen host Rohe (Region).
    • All Maori Hockey Junior & Senior Representative Fixtures will be cancelled for this year. Due to the likelihood of international borders being closed during 2020 it goes without saying that all overseas hockey trips and visiting hockey teams will be affected, and therefore are cancelled.

The Kaunihera will carry on “business as usual” with the health and safety of whanau in mind. Part of that resolution is what we can do collectively in light of the challenge that affects all our lives across the country.

Our focus will be

Plan A – Plan for a National Maori Hockey Tournament over October 2020 long weekend.

Plan B – Plan for a Hockey Tri-series between Rohe across regions.

Plan C – Plan for Maori hockey at a community level.

The Kaunihera is concerned about the financial constraints, affordability, funding, employment and hardships that will be affecting some of the Maori community. We take this into consideration for this year and in moving forward.

The Kaunihera acknowledge the decisions from Hockey NZ in consulting with Hockey Associations and understand the focus on Community Hockey at this present time. We will continue to update as more information comes to hand.

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All national hockey tournaments cancelled

Following ongoing discussions between Hockey New Zealand and its 32 member associations, a joint and unanimous decision has been made to cancel all National Tournaments for the 2020 hockey season.

Hockey New Zealand CEO Ian Francis said that while all involved were deeply saddened to lose an entire National Tournament season, the decision has been made in the best interests of community hockey. “Our associations strongly believe that when hockey is able to be resumed this year, we need to get as many people as possible back on the turf and competing against one another. Their focus needs to be on enabling people to participate in their local programmes and competitions, and Hockey New Zealand fully supports this position.”

Mr Francis expressed Hockey New Zealand’s appreciation for the outstanding leadership taken by the member associations in coming to such a difficult but necessary decision.

“We all recognise the importance and value of our national tournaments and know that many people will be very disappointed with this decision. However, this year we need to prioritise making hockey accessible for players, coaches and umpires in our local communities for as much of the year as possible. This will help rebuild the well-being of our people within hockey and the broader sporting community”.

“While there will be no National Tournaments in 2020, depending on how the season evolves Associations may be in a position to work together to create regional events”.

Mr Francis said that while no decision had yet been made about the 2020 Secondary Schools Sports tournaments, Hockey New Zealand was currently in discussions with School Sports New Zealand, and would provide an update when more information is available.

Community hockey is due to restart on Saturday 2 May. Hockey New Zealand and the member associations are continuing to monitor the COVID-19 situation and will update the hockey community if there is any change to this plan.

Mr Francis said Hockey New Zealand is now planning for an exciting 2021 representative season which will see the Vantage National U18 Tournament, the inaugural Ford National Hockey Championships and the National Masters Tournaments return as well as season three of the FIH Pro League and the 2021 Tokyo Olympics.

“The Vantage Black Sticks’ international programme is also currently on hold, with the suspension of FIH Pro League until May 15th and the postponement of the Tokyo Olympics until 2021. We will continue to update fans as more information comes to hand.”

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