History

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

 

Year Host Rohe Town/City
1 1992 Takitimu Napier
2 1993 Waiariki Rotorua
3 1994 Tairawhiti Gisborne
4 1995 Aotea Palmerston North
5 1996 Te Tai Tokerau Whangarei
6 1997 Tamaki Makaurau Auckland
7 1998 Waikato Maniapoto Hamilton
8 1999 Takitimu Wellington
9 2000 Waiariki Rotorua
10 2001 Aotea Stratford
11 2002 Te Tai Tokerau Whangarei
12 2003 Tamaki Makaurau North Harbour
13 2004 Waikato Maniapoto Hamilton
14 2005 Takitimu Napier
15 2006 Waiariki Rotorua
16 2007 Aotea Palmerston North
17 2008 Te Tai Tokerau Whangarei
18 2009 Tamaki Makaurau Auckland
19 2010 Waikato Maniapoto Hamilton
20 2011 Takitimu Napier
21 2012 Waiariki Rotorua
22 2013 Aotea Wanganui
23 2014 Te Wai Pounamu Christchurch
24 2015 Te Tai Tokerau Whangarei
25 2016 Tamaki Makaurau North Harbour
26 2017 Waikato Maniapoto Hamilton

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