Representation History.

Since 2000 New Zealand Basketball has not had an official NZ Māori Basketball program operating. The last official team endorsed by Basketball New Zealand was a men's and women's team who travelled to Tonga in 2000. Since 2004 we have had a number of NZ Māori Basketball teams participate in various international fixtures and tournaments both here at home and further abroad.

Although we don’t appear to have any official records of earlier NZ Māori Basketball teams there are elements of Māori Basketball either as a local National tournament or as teams selected to play against touring teams. There have been elements of Māori Basketball being played either as part of Iwi or Marae Games or as non-affiliated tournaments through local Basketball Associations or Clubs.

Basketball as a sport have had high numbers of Māori either playing, coaching, officiating at all levels or working in local Associations. Māori have represented their country in both the Tall Blacks and Tall Ferns and all levels of national age group teams and our people are going from strength to strength within playing and officiating circles.

Māori Basketball NZ have appointed their Board in alignment with the standing constitution.



The NABI Tournament is known for being the largest and most prestigious all Native American Basketball Invitational tournament in North America for high school aged youth. Throughout the week-long program, student athletes are exposed to many educational opportunities that include the NABI College & Career Fair and the NABI Educational Youth Summit. Only 128 team entries are accepted each year (64 boys and 64 girls).

Tamaki Makaurau Poitūkohu (formerly known as: Nga Hau e Wha) first attended NABI in 2013. Since then the team has attended every year until COVID came along. To be the only Non-native American participant sharing our waiata, haka and stories has and is a real privilege. We actively participate in community events interacting with the Native American Elders.

Last year Māori Basketball and Tāmaki Makaurau Poitūkohu came together for the first time to work collaboratively on strengthening our relationships with the Native American community. The aim is to grow more sporting and cultural exchange opportunities for Māori in the near future. 

We are excited to annouce that Māori Basketball will be travelling to Phoenix this year to participate in the 2024 NABI Tournament.





A non-refundable deposit of 500.00 will be required to confirm your place on the playing roster following the selection annoucement.




These cost are not covered in the $6,500


19 July - 1 August 2024

Arrival into NZ on 3 August

$6,000 (estimated)​​​​​​​

This covers flights, accomodation, internal travel, meals, NABI entry fees, travel uniform and playing strip, koha for opposition teams, gratuity payments and parking charges ​​​​​​​

Must be Māori

Play in the 2024 National Tournament

Must be 17-19 years old for the entire 2024 year

Domestic travel to and from Auckland

All passport costs

ESTA application (approx. $35.00)

Travel Insurance (Compulsory)