About New Zealand Heritage Hockey

New Zealand Heritage Hockey was created to support the growth and participation levels in the sport of hockey – with particular focus on underrepresented ethnic groups.  Maori, Pasifika and New Zealand Indians are the initial heritage hockey grounds that New Zealand Heritage Hockey has adopted with the intention of extending its reach out to other heritage organisations in the future

New Zealand Heritage Hockey is a Charitable Trust created to support the growth and participation levels in the sport of hockey – with particular focus on underrepresented ethnic groups.  Maori, Pasifika and New Zealand Indians have traditionally opted for other comparatively cheaper sports or have opted to not participate in sports due to financial constraints.  New Zealand Heritage Hockey wants to address this issue and grow the representation of these and other ethnicities at all levels of the sport of hockey. 

Our key areas of focus are: 

  1. To promote, encourage, assist, develop and support by any means whatsoever heritage hockey throughout New Zealand for all players through competition, recreation, leisure and cultural activities which is in the interests and the wellbeing of all heritage hockey participants;
  2. To provide support to the various heritage community sport and recreational groups and organisations through-out New Zealand by the provision of advice, training, guidance and funding to assist in the improvement of, and access to, governance, management and administration of the said groups and organisations.
  3. To educate the all ages and levels of people in Heritage communities (including but not limited to Indian, Maori and Pasifika Hockey) by raising the awareness of the national teams and enabling all players to develop their skill set and demonstrate their abilities nationwide;
  4. To provide guidance and support to schools and educational institutions by assisting in the co-ordination of, and up-skilling of teachers, trainers and coaches in the delivery of, hockey and physical recreation programmes and activities through-out New Zealand;
  5. To undertake such other activities and provide such other assistance, whether by way of financial assistance/support or otherwise as the Trustees see fit, of a charitable nature for the benefit of those who fit the Heritage Hockey profile.


New Zealand Heritage Hockey has its flagship event each Easter with the national teams of each heritage organisation invited to compete and also share in an exchange to promote their respective cultures and languages.

Our Goals

Grow Hockey

NZ Heritage Hockey will provide our players with an additional pathway where they will feel supported and nourished by an environment that is in line with their respective cultures and traditions. Through the introduction of coaching clinics that will encourage all heritage players – new and old – to participate, to develop connections with the wider heritage hockey communities, and to build confidence through their improving abilities on the field.

Regular Fixtures

Provide regular and meaningful heritage events and competition for all levels of players each year to ensure the long term retention and the growth of heritage hockey players and their representation in both school and club level hockey across New Zealand

Support the People

NZ Heritage Hockey want to provide regular opportunities for heritage hockey players at all levels to be involved with heritage events. The significance of heritage events is that players of heritage background get the opportunity to play in teams or participate in clinics with other players that identify from a heritage background. NZ Heritage Hockey events and clinics will support the cultural aspects of each heritage group which be included as a normal part of NZ Heritage Hockey run events and clinics.