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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)
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


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.”

For more information around this release. Please contact or 022 063 5705

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Updates about COVID-19

Due to the recent developments of COVID-19 and the update from Hockey New Zealand to all Associations in NZ – NZ Maori Hockey Kaunihera sends the following message and update to all our Maori hockey players and whanau.

Queensland tours – (usually early November)

  • The current NZ Government rules has blocked all travel coming into the country. We are unsure of what will be happening at that time of the year but there is a lot of effort going on behind the scenes for these tours to continue as planned.
  • Most Marae are under lockdown which is one of our focal points in giving a real experience to our visitors.
  • All international matches overseas has been cancelled by Hockey NZ and we can only go month by month until we know what is happening with COVID-19.
  • An alternative could be Internal tours. If Associations have turf available, we will definitely look at options for our NZ Maori Hockey teams
  • In the meantime the Kaunihera will discuss these matters over the next few months and we will be in a better position to understand next steps and communicate updates to all rohe.

2020 Maori Hockey plans around Tournaments

  • 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.

In hindsight we want our whanau to take care and listen to your local health organisations, your hockey associations and more importantly look after your whanau.

Hockey NZ website COVID-19

Noho ora mai


Kaumatua Joy & Kahu Ripia retire

It is with great sadness as well as great joy to be wishing both Kahu and Joy Ripia farewell from their long standing roles as Chairperson and Secretary of the NZ Maori Haupoi Kaunihera.

Kahu has been Chairperson a number of times over the past 20 years and steered the ship very well.  People often wonder what a Chairperson does and are often surprised when they learn exactly what is involved in running an organisation like NZ Maori Haupoi.  It is about relationship building, managing people, public speaking in both English and Te Reo, showing up to all events, taking teams overseas for competitions, being the face of NZ Maori Haupoi, the list goes on.  Kahu has done it all and done it very well.  You have set the bar for the future and your legacy will stand tall as you do.

Joy has been the Secretary for a number of years now, standing beside her husband and “partner in crime” as well as supporting a couple of other Chairperson’s as they came and went.  People may refer to the Secretary role as a simple job to just take minutes in a meeting.  Oh how wrong you would be to assume that.  For years now Joy has been assisting Rohe host the NZ Maori Haupoi Tournaments, documenting teams information, minutes, agendas, scheduling all kinds of meetings, organising venues for meetings and fixtures, liaising with teams intending on playing NZ Maori, organising overseas trips for our national teams, the list goes on.  Certainly not an easy job, yet Joy has been the heart and soul of NZ Maori Haupoi year after year.  You will be greatly missed Joy however we know you won’t be far from the hockey action.

Ka pai Kahu and Joy for your mahi and service.  We wish you the all the best.


Tri-Series Waikato vs Tamaki vs Taitokerau

On Sunday 20th October  at Kolmar Park Papatoetoe there will be a Tri-Series between Waikato-Maniapoto, Tamaki Makaura, and Taitokerau.  As teams finalise their A Teams for tournament it’s ideal that neighboring Rohe battle off against each other.

Games start at 9:00 a.m. and go all day.   Come on down and support teams.

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Tri-Series Draw

Team Vs Team Ground Time
Tamaki-Makaurau vs Tai Tokerau Wahine 9am
Waikato-Maniapoto vs Tai Tokerau Tane 10am
Waikato-Maniapoto vs Tai Tokerau Wahine 11am
Tamaki Makaurau vs Tai Tokerau Tane 12pm
Waikato-Maniapoto vs Tamaki-Makaurau Wahine 1pm
Tamaki Makaurau vs Waikato-Maniapoto Tane 2pm

Match Information

Age Group Format Break Total Time
Senior Players 25 minute halves 5 minutes 60



Australian Country in Rotorua

Next weekend Australian Country take on NZ Maori Hockey in Rotorua.  The games between both Tane (Mens) & Wahine (Womens) teams guarantee action packed hockey.

These teams have a long standing history of fixtures between themselves dating back to 2002.  Both teams have come a long way in that time and will be going hard for the wins.

Australian Country are also invited to a Cultural Evening on the Saturday night.  All part of the fixture, experience, and respect between the two hockey bodies.


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National Maori Representative Teams

From a great National Maori Hockey Tournament held in Rotorua comes some exciting prospects in our four national representative teams.

Watch this space for historical rep teams.


Waiariki Winners

Congratulations to Waiariki A Wahine and Waiariki A Tane teams for taking out both finals.

Great hockey all round and a great tournament.  Thanks Waiariki.