School Sports Winter Tournament Week

Brought to you by Tātaki Auckland Unlimited and New Zealand Sports Collective

Ten sports will hold their secondary school championships in Tāmaki Makaurau from 27th August – 3rd September. Read about the wonderful events taking part and come along to support the rangatahi!

Welcome Dinner – Hosted by Tātaki Auckland Unlimited

This dinner will be an awesome opportunity for the students to come together to celebrate winter tournament week, meet other sporting students from all over Aotearoa, listen to a panel of sporting legends and share some kai.

Date: Thursday 31st August
Time: 6pm – 8pm
Location: Tasman Room, Alexandra Park
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A huge thank you to our major sponsor.

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Tātaki  Auckland Unlimited – Tāmaki  Makaurau Auckland’s economic and cultural agency committed to making our region a desirable place to live, work, visit, invest and do business.

Nau mai ki Auckland Unlimited – te pokapū ōhanga, ahurea hoki o Tāmaki Makaurau e ngākau titikaha ana ki te whakarite i tō mātou rohe kia matenuitia ai hei wāhi noho, mahi, torotoro, whakangao pūtea, whakahaere pakihi hoki.    

Home to some of the region’s most beloved arts, cultural, conservation and heritage institutions, we enhance Auckland’s cultural vibrancy, providing a wealth of enriching experiences and opportunities; and we tell Auckland’s story to the world.  

As an Auckland Council-controlled organisation, we deliver a co-ordinated, region-wide programme to maximise cultural, social and economic benefits for our residents and visitors. Driving investment and innovation, we support Auckland businesses to thrive.  

Building on the 10-year legacy of our founding organisations – Regional Facilities Auckland Ltd, and Auckland Tourism, Events & Economic Development Ltd – we will continue to make Auckland a vibrant destination and support the development of our region’s economy. We will lead the development of our region’s growth industries, support innovation, and help to attract transformative investment and multi-national companies.  

School Sports Winter Tournament

NZSS Weightlifting Championships
Date: 2nd – 3rd September
Where: Kolmar Centre, Papatoetoe

The 2023 National Secondary Schools Weightlifting Championships will see young weightlifters from across the Motu come together in Papatoetoe, South Auckland.  The sport of Weightlifting provides young men and women the opportunity to express themselves in an appropriate way, leaving them with skills, focus and a sense of esteem at whatever level they achieve.  Weightlifting New Zealand is excited at the number of young people embracing the sport and is looking forward to a fantastic weekend of lifting.

Agri Futures Clash of the Colleges

Date: 8th September
Where: Mt Albert Grammar School, Alberton Ave, Mt Albert

Secondary school Ag and Hort students from across Auckland and Northland will compete in teams of four, battling it out in 18 modules to be crowned Clash of the Colleges champions. A Junior and Senior title will be up for grabs. Alongside our Clash of the Colleges is Agri Futures Pathways, a gamified careers expo that provides you with the chance to explore career pathways and job opportunities throughout the entire food and fibre sector.

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NZSS Wrestling Championships

Date: 31st August, 10am
Where: Rutherford College, Te Atatū Peninsula

An action-packed event not to be missed! An event that consists of some national title holders in both males and females. Held at Rutherford College on the 31st of August starting from 10 am.

SKODA NZSS Cycling Northern Tour

Date: 2nd – 3rd September
Where: Saturday – Dunkirk Road and Maungarei Memorial Drive, Mount Wellington / Sunday – Waiouru Road, East Tamaki

The 2023 SKODA NZSS Northern Tour Presented by Safetyminder is run by Cycling New Zealand Schools. The Northern Tour includes 3 challenging stages; an Individual Time Trial, Hill Climb and Criterium. Riders will not only have overall General Classification title up for grabs but will also be racing for the National School Hill Climb and National School Individual Time Trial titles. All stages provide excellent opportunities for spectators to witness these speed machines in full aero flight.

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NZSS Street Skateboarding Championships

Date: 31st August - 1st September
Where: Sonsk8, 79 Line Road, Glen Innes, Auckland. (Entrance off Omaru Lane.)

Register now on Live Heats. Free to register and all NZ Secondary School students are eligible to enter.

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Skateboarding New Zealand is proud to present the 2023 NZ Secondary Schools Street Skateboarding Championship at Auckland’s SonSk8 as part of the 2023 National Schools Championships.

An opportunity for secondary-school-age rangatahi from all over Aotearoa, New Zealand to compete together at Tāmaki Makaurau’s only indoor skateboard facility.

It is created in partnership with New Zealand Sport Collective, Tātaki Auckland Unlimited, East Skate Club and SonSk8. Our event sponsors are Ace Trucks, Boardertown, Bones Wheels, Def, Manual Magazine, Skullcandy and Vans.

NZSS Indoor Bowls Championships

Date: 28th – 29th August
Where: Western Hall, Portage Rd, New Lynn

The New Zealand Secondary School Singles and Pairs were first introduced in 2008, creating a great opportunity for college students to compete among their peers, and equally, an opportunity for indoor bowls to be promoted within the school system.

It coincides nicely with the New Zealand Junior Singles, which is held the day prior, and receives a good level of support from around the country. These age group events provide a platform for young people to succeed and make connections within the sport. We have seen this time and time again throughout the Secondary School’s tenure, and we look forward to seeing it again with each new group that comes through.

Auckland will be hosting the Championships for the first time following a 15 year stint in Wellington, and we encourage all bowlers and non-bowlers to take an interest and spread the word.

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NZSS Football Malcolm Cowie Cup

Date: 28th August – 1st September
Where: McLennan Park and Opaheke Sports Park, Papakura

The 2023 edition of the NZSSF Malcolm Cowie Tournament will see boys football teams from all over Aotearoa compete for chance to take home the Malcolm Cowie Cup, honouring the man who was one of the forces behind the growth of national school’s football tournaments. Get down to McLennan Park and Opaheke Sports Park to see a slice of the action.

NZSS Underwater Hockey Championships

Date: 31st August – 3rd September
Where: Westwave Aquatic Centre, Henderson

Underwater Hockey New Zealand presents the 37th New Zealand Secondary Schools Underwater Hockey Cup and Championships tournament at Westwave Aquatic Centre in Henderson. Determined hearts and strong lungs will help discover who will be crowned the best school team in each of the four grades and plus the overall top school. A unique spectator experience for anyone keen to go along.

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NZSS Lacrosse Championships

Date: 1st – 3rd September
Where: Carlton Junior Rugby Club, Puriri Drive, Cornwall Park, Epsom, Auckland

New Zealand Lacrosse brings the National Secondary School Boys and Girls Lacrosse Championships to Carlton Junior Rugby Club where fast feet and clashing sticks will provide three days of riveting action amongst teams as they battle for the National titles on offer. Come along to learn more about this distinctive sport.

NZSS MotoCross Championships

Date: 1st – 3rd September
Where: Flightpath Motocross Track, 87 Prices Road, Manukau City

A relatively new event on the School Sport New Zealand Calendar, the NZSS MotoCross Championships will take place over the dirt track twists and turns of Flightpath Motorcross Track in Manukau. High speed and high adrenaline – this event will be a great one to watch!

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Accessibility Information

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