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Can’t Walk, Can’t Swim, Can’t Stop a ‘Good Thing’
When Maggie Welsh aged 64 was referred to Green Prescription in February of this year, she was seven kilograms heavier and could barely walk up her driveway.  Maggie also had to contend with a chronic illness and felt ‘quite sluggish’ a lot of the time ... more

‘The AIMS Games Experience’ - One to Remember for Manaia View School
Manaia View School for the first time have entered the Year 7 and 8 tournament which boasts over 7500 athletes from 228 schools taking part in the week-long event and joined 19 other schools from Northland who are competing in the various sporting codes that the AIMS Games have to offer ... more

Kaitaia Hospital Win’s Collaboration Award for Active Workplace Programme Initiative
The Northland District Health Board hosted their first inaugural Northland Health Sector Awards and more than 20 awards were presented on the night with Kaitaia Hospital winning the Collaboration Award 2014 for their Active Workplace Programme ... more

School Holiday Programmes - October 2014
Check out what sporting programmes are on offer in the school holidays ... more

The new Kotuitui Whiti pedestrian bridge will open just in time for the ACC Whangarei Half Marathon and 9km Run/Walk
The new bridge across the Waiarohia Stream will be open for the Half Marathon course on Sunday 21 September ... more

Kaitaia Hospital Implement Winter Wellness Checks
Active Workplace Kaitaia Hospital has taken workplace wellness to another level with undertaking in-house staff winter wellness checks including height/weight measurements, waist measurements, blood pressure and blood sugar levels ... more                                     

Kiwi Squash Programme Energized by Partnership
A partnership between Squash Northland and the Project Energize team means more kids around Northland will have an opportunity to try out squash ... more

AFL Professional Development Session
All primary and secondary school sports coordinators, PE staff and sports coaches are invited to attend the AFL Professional Development Session focusing on the transferable skills of kick, catch, pass and bounce … more

Come give cricket a go!
Midweek cricket is back starting mid-October, whether you want to play competitively or socially there is a league for you ... more

Silver Fern Farms Kaipara Sports Awards Nominations are now open
Silver Fern Farms and Sport Northland are proud to present the 2014 Silver Fern Farms Kaipara Sports Awards, these sports Awards aim to recognise the achievements and service to sport by people from throughout the Kaipara region ... more

The Far North District Council Sports Awards Nominations are now open
The Far North District Council and Sport Northland are proud to present the 2014 FNDC Far North Sports Awards, these sports Awards aim to recognise the achievements and service to sport by people from throughout the Far North ... more

KiwiSport Applications
Applications are now open to Providers and Schools to apply for KiwiSport funding.  KiwiSport is all about increasing the number of school-aged children participating in organised sport, increasing the availability and accessibility of sport opportunities for all school-aged children and supporting children in developing skills that will enable them to participate effectively in sport.  For more information and an application form ... more

Active Workplaces Share Good Tips
The Active Workplace Sharing Forum was recently held and is an opportunity for current and graduated workplaces to share ideas about workplace wellness.  Check out what they covered … more

Active Workplaces Virtually Step Their Way Round
The Sport Northland Active Workplace Pedometer Step Challenge was recently held and had a record total of 45 teams entered from 14 different workplaces.  The winners were … more 

Green Prescription Making a Big Difference in Northland
Research New Zealand has found that 80% of Green Prescription (GRx) patients in the Sport Northland area have noticed a change in their health since they “went Green”, and 65% are more active after six to eight months ... 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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