24 January 2022

E te Iwi tena koutou katoa
Firstly, we the Board of the annual National Maori Basketball Tournament are deeply saddened by the
cancellation of this year’s tournament due to the government moving the country from orange into
red. As a Board we were very keen to have the tournament proceed as per normal with over 250
teams set to gather in Te Arawa for a week of Basketball and whanaungatanga. Unfortunately, at the
11th hour our Prime Minister made the call which may have caught teams and whanau either
travelling, about to travel or having to cancel accommodation. We understand your disappointment.
To our operations team thank you so much for an outstanding effort. We are aware of the mountain
of work, which is required to make this tournament happen, thank you.
The Board is well aware that this tournament is no doubt high on the Maori sporting calendar of
events every year with over 25-30 thousand people attending.
Again, we thank you for your ongoing support and look forward to seeing you all in the future
Kia haumaru te noho e hoa ma
The Board
Te Poari Poitūkohu Māori o Aotearoa


    Sue Pene: Tournament Director

    Pene Hippolite: Māori Basketball NZ General Manager

    Jilly Harris: Tournament Technical Director​​​​​​​

    If you have questions at the tournament, please talk to your designated iwi representative in the first instance. The iwi representative can then approach one of the key personnel for clarity. Please do not approach the tournament office as you will be asked to go back and see your iwi representative.