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Southern Hoiho #JoinTheHuddle

We are excited to be teaming up with the South’s new professional basketball team – The Southern Hoiho.
Join us at the Edgar Centre for their home games, and help us cheer them on.

  • Sunday – 3 July 2022 – 12:30pm
  • Wednesday – 20 July 2022 – 7:00pm
  • Sunday – 24 July 2022 – 12:30pm
  • Sunday – 7 August – 12:30pm

Tauihi Basketball Aotearoa will be made up of five regional teams, who will compete in an eight-week competition with each team playing six home and six away games. The competition will tip off from 29 June, with a Finals series scheduled for 26 August at Nelson’s Trafalgar Centre venue.

Each team has a Te Reo Māori element to their name, with their name and logo matching the league’s “to soar” theme. The league and respective team names have been supported through the creation process by BBNZ kāumatua, Dr Taku Parai (Ngāti Toa).

The five teams in this competition are:

  • North: Northern(team named awaiting confirmation)
  • Mid North: Whai
  • Central: Tokomanawa Queens
  • Upper South: Mainland Pouākai
  • Lower South: Southern Hoiho

General Manager for the New Zealand Men’s and Women’s National Basketball Leagues Huw Beynon says that all five teams will play and represent an entire region, not just a single city.

“Teams will aim to have games played at multiple venues across each region, which makes the league even more accessible and allows teams to engage at a community level as well as a basketball level.”

“This helps to give young women in the region something to aspire to; having professional basketball available to them in their backyard and a platform for players to achieve their hoop dreams.”


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