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Sport Thought with Brent Eastwood
More than 20 years after first taking on the Chairman role of the Sport Northland Board, Richie Guy has called it a day and fellow farmer Chris Biddles has assumed the reigns ... more

Northland Sports Awards Finalists Named
The 2014 Konica Minolta Northland Sports Awards finalists have been announced. Thirty three sports codes nominated 127 finalists to be in the running to receive the top honors in their respective categories … more

Silver Fern Farms Kaipara Sports Awards Winners Named
A strongly supported Silver Fern Farms Kaipara Sports Awards showcased the best of the best in the Kaipara District covering the various categories from individuals to teams and volunteers ... more

Taumarere to Opua Cycletrail News
The Taumarere to Opua CycleTrail is opening on Sunday 16 November … more

Green Prescription Clinics in the Community
For the past 3 months Green Prescription has been holding clinics at the Onerahi Medical Centre. The community clinics started as a trial to help more people get active and improve their health. Thanks Onerahi Medical Centre - you are one of our top referrers ... more

Squash Players Take Out Top ASB Awards
It was a great birthday present for Bream Bay College student Abbie Palmer when she was named the 2014 ASB Northland Secondary Schools Sportswoman of the Year for the second consecutive year.  The sport of squash took out the double with Max Trimble from Whangarei Boys’ High School taking the 2014 ASB Northland Secondary Schools Sportsman of the Year Award. The duo made event history ... more

2014 Far North District Council Sports Awards Finalists Named
55 finalists have been named and from them will come the major awards winners of Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year and the Supreme Award at a special awards evening set for Friday 21st November at Northland College in Kaikohe ... more

Kauri Club Grants Awarded
Applications submitted to the Kauri Club, from Northland Regional Sports Organisations for grants for talented young Northland sportspeople, saw 11 athletes from nine sports codes receive funding ... more

Kind Donation to Help Get More Kids Swimming
After hearing about the Northland Swim For Life and Top Energy WaterSafe Programmes, donations of swimming attire so that more children have the opportunity to participate this season have been made … more

Volunteers Wanted for 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup   
The call has gone out for people wanting to become a volunteer for the FIFA U-20 World Cup 2015 to register now before the official registration close off on 16 October… more

Ki-o-Rahi Event Encouraging Whanau Participation
Sport Northland is organising a Whanau Festival, scheduled for Saturday 21 November at Kensington Stadium, get a team together and come play Ki-o-Rahi … 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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