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Sport Thought with Brent Eastwood
We hear it time and time again, the more exercise you do, the better it is for your metabolism, your body and your mind. Now, that's all well and good but what is less frequently discussed is the fact that many of us are training poorly - so poorly in fact that our exercise may not really be doing much at all ... more

Football Kicks off in the Far North
For the first time in the Far North, Kaitaia United Football  are going to have two senior teams representing their club.  The Justa Plumber Kaitaia United will compete in the Northland Men’s 1st Division while the Top Roofer United will contest the Northland Men’s 2nd Division ... more  

Kaitaia Athletics Club Runs Smoothly

Athletics is a traditional sport experienced by children over the decades. The ability to run, jump or throw is basic to most sports and athletics is the foundation to these skills ... more

Athletes Taste Success at NZ Secondary School Volleyball Championships
Mount Manganui Beach in Bay of Plenty hosted the NZ secondary school Beach volleyball Championships on 8-9 February. Players from  the  pre-eminent school in Northland in Volleyball , Tikipunga High School, were well represented ... more

ACC Commits to Workplace Wellness
Creating a wellness committee to implement small on–going initiatives in workplace wellness, has been pivotal to workplace wellness … more

More Children Bringing Their Togs
As a result of the Swim For Life programme, students from room 4 at Whau Valley School have seen more children bringing in their togs as the non-swimmers saw how much fun and learning the other children were having... more

Scavenger Hunt Proves to Be a Hit
Instigating a scavenger hunt as part of the Swim For Life programme has been a huge hit as it teaches students games for understanding, which is a great fun way to get all children involved in learning water safety without even knowing they are doing so... more

Keeping Safe in the Water - Kaiwaka School Room 2
Check out this wonderful swimming journey of photos that Room 2 from Kaiwaka School sent us ... more





Contact Details

Name:                   Brad Te Haara

Phone: Day            09 438 4743 Ext 711 / 021 767 582    
                             021 242 9336

Post:                      PO Box 584 Whangarei 0140
Email:                    brad.t@northlandrugby.co.nz
Website:                http://www.taniwha.co.nz/

Physical address:   29 Okara Drive, Whangarei



There are approximately 56 clubs in Northland that provide rugby for various age grades in all sub union regions. Sub-union regions include Mangonui, Hokianga, Bay of Islands, Whangarei, Northern Wairoa and Rodney. Club competitions are co-ordinated by the sub-unions with rugby be provided for all age grades from midgets to seniors. Girls are encouraged to play and there is a Northland women’s club competition as well.



ITM  (Independant Timber Merchants) Cup starts the week of 1st August with the final Round Robin game on the week of 24th October followed by semi finals and finals.

Northland senior club competitions start from 20th March onwards with the finals on 24 July.

Junior club competitions start from mid April.


School Programmes:

There are a significant number of primary and intermediate Rippa rugby modules that will be run throughout Northland from March to November.
The Northland secondary schoolboys open grade and U15s grade tournament is held at the Old Boys Rugby Club on Wednesday 17th March.

There is a mid week 1st XV competition that starts on Wednesday 28th April and finishes on Wednesday 30th June. The competition will be split into two regions North and South Zone with a finals playoff date early in the 3rd term.

There are four schoolboy U15s grades tournaments that will be run throughout the second term.

There is a Northland secondary school girls 7 a-side tournament will be held on Wednesday 5th May.

There are four Secondary school girls 10 a-side tournaments that run throughout the second term. 

Events / Tournaments:
Thursday 3rd March–Secondary School Boys open grade and U15s grade 7s at the Moerewa and Otiria Rugby Clubs
Tuesday 10th May –Secondary School Girls 7s Kensington Park Whangarei
Monday 23rd to Tuesday 24th May –Northland Area Schools Tournament at Panguru Area School
Saturday 2nd to Sunday 3rd July- JMB Sub-union competition
Tuesday 19th July to Saturday 23rd July –Taniwha Cup Tournament U13 Primary Schools Eastern United Rugby Club Taipa
Saturday 13th August- Club finals day throughout Northland
Saturday 20th to Sunday 21st August- IMB Sub-union competition
Saturday 27th to Sunday 28th August- North and South Zone U14s Development Camp Kaitaia
Saturday 3rd to Sunday 4th September- North and South Zone Development Camps Kaitaia
Saturday 3rd September to Saturday 15th October- Northern Regions U18s competitions
Friday 9th September to Sunday 23rd September- Rugby World Cup

Saturday 17th September to Sunday 9th October- Blues Franchise U14s and U16s competition

Club Contacts:
Kick into the NRU website www.taniwha.co.nz to catch details pertaining to Northland Club Rugby or phone our office on 09 438 4743.

Coach resource website http://www.coachingtoolbox.co.nznzru/

NZRU resource website






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