Maori Hockey tournaments in general were prevalent throughout the 40s, 50s and 60s, often held in the East Coast of the North Island throughout the bay of plenty and in the Waikato Maniapoto district. When the number dwindled, national women’s hockey representative, coach and “mother of Maori hockey”, Margaret Hiha (Ngati Rangitihi, Te Arawa) decided to push the revitalisation of Maori involvement in hockey and established a National Maori Hockey Tournament.
The inaugural tournament was held in Napier in 1992 and hosted by the people of Takitimu waka region. Tournaments have been held annually and have been hosted by each of the Maori Hockey Districts and are determined by our interpretation of the Maori Land Court boundaries.
The national tournament is held every year over Labour weekend and is an official listing on Hockey New Zealand’s calendar of events.
Maori Hockey Districts (Rohe)
The districts are based on Maori Land Court boundaries. These districts include:
- Aotea – Taranaki, Whanganui, Manawatu, Horowhenua
- Te Tai Tokerau – Northland
- Tairawhiti – East Coast, Wairoa
- Tamaki Makaurau – Auckland, North Harbour
- Waikato-Maniapoto – Waikato-King Country – Counties
- Waiariki – Wider Bay of Plenty
- Takitimu – Hawke’s Bay, Wairarapa, Wellington
- Te Waipounamu – South Island
The tournament gets shared across all rohe on a six to eight year cycle.
Tournament Venues since 1992
|5||1996||Te Tai Tokerau||Whangarei|
|11||2002||Te Tai Tokerau||Whangarei|
|12||2003||Tamaki Makaurau||North Harbour|
|17||2008||Te Tai Tokerau||Whangarei|
|23||2014||Te Wai Pounamu||Christchurch|
|24||2015||Te Tai Tokerau||Whangarei|
|25||2016||Tamaki Makaurau||North Harbour|