Major and District Associations deliver a significant number of tournaments and festivals throughout the cricket season.
Keen for your club or school team to be involved? Connect with your local association for more details
NZC deliver a limited number of National Community Tournaments each season:
Gillette Venus Cup
Date: December 11-13th, 2023
Location: Lincoln, Canterbury
The Gillette Venus Cup is the national secondary school competition for secondary school girls.
Regional qualifying tournaments and finals are held by each Major Association across New Zealand, with one team from each Major Association qualifying for the Gillette Venus Cup finals, held in December in Lincoln.
The national finals consist of Twenty20 cricket, played in a round robin format.
Date: December 17-22 December, 2023
Location: Lincoln, Canterbury
The Gillette Cup is the national secondary school competition for secondary school boys.
Regional qualifying tournaments and finals are held by each Major Association across New Zealand, with one team from each Major Association qualifying for the Gillette Venus finals, held in December in Lincoln.
The national finals consist of one-day cricket, played in a round robin format. Christ's College (Canterbury) went unbeaten to win the 2022 tournament.
Junior Secondary School Boys
Date: March 27 - 31 2024
Location: Palmerston North
The Junior Secondary School Boys' competition is a secondary school competition for Year 9 and 10 boys. Participants compete as Year 9 during the first stage of the competition (term four - October to December) and then as Year 9 and 10 during the second stage of the competition (term one of the following year January to March).
The national finals consist of 40 over cricket, played in a round robin format. Auckland Grammar School emerged victorious at the 2023 tournament.
The Hawke Cup is the major competition for male District Associations teams across New Zealand.
The competition is split into four regional zones. These are:
- Zone One Hamilton, Northland, Counties-Manukau, Bay of Plenty, Poverty Bay, Waikato Valley
- Zone Two Hawke’s Bay, Wairarapa, Whanganui, Horowhenua-Kapiti, Manawatū, Taranaki
- Zone Three Canterbury Country, Marlborough, Nelson, Buller
- Zone Four Otago Country, North Otago, Southland, South Canterbury, Mid-Canterbury
Within each zone, a full round robin is played, with games contested over two days. Each zone’s regional winner then gets a three-day Hawke Cup Challenge against the current Holders.
To win the Hawke Cup, Challengers must beat the Holders on their home ground, either outright or on the first innings.
The Hawke Cup has been contested since the early 20th century.
Māori Secondary Schools
Date: January 31 - February 02, 2024
Venue: Tāmaki Makaurau
Established in 2017 the Māori Secondary Schoolboy and Schoolgirl sides are designed for secondary school cricketers of Māori whakapapa to represent their whānau, hāpu, iwi and kura.
In 2022-23 the inaugural Rangatahi Cricket Festival was hosted in Tāmaki Makaurau between Māori Secondary Schools and Pasifika Secondary Schools.
The second iteration of the Rangatahi Cricket Festival will be held in Tāmaki Makaurau between the 31st Jan - 2nd Feb, 2024. For more information and content from the 2023 festival, visit our Māori Cricket page.
Māori Tane National Tournament
Date: 29 - 31 March, 2024
Venue: Venue TBC
The inaugural National Māori Tane Tournament was held in Whangārei this Easter (7 - 9 April, 2023), featuring New Zealand's finest Māori cricket players.
The second iteration of the tournament will be held between the 29th - 31st March, 2024, with a venue TBC.
Competing will be; Tāmaki Makaurau (Auckland), McCaw Lewis Northern Districts Māori (Northern Districts), Central Districts Māori (Central Districts), Te Whanganui-a-tara (Wellington), and Te Waipounamu (South Island).
Māori Wāhine National Tournament
Date: 13 - 15 October, 2023
Venue: Cornwall Park, Hastings
Following the success of the Māori Men’s National Tournament earlier this year, an inaugural Wāhine Māori National Tournament is set to be held in Hastings this year.
The women’s tournament will be held at Cornwall Park, Hastings, from October 13-15, featuring five teams from across the motu, each playing four T20 games.
For more information, click here.
For further information on Māori Cricket, please contact; Andrew Tara, NZC Kaupapa Māori, Diversity & Inclusion Lead: firstname.lastname@example.org
Heathcote Williams Shield
The Heathcote Williams Shield (HWS) is a secondary school challenge shield that was presented to the New Zealand Cricket Council in 1908 to be played for by all the secondary schools of New Zealand.
The HWS is now played between New Zealand based secondary school 1st XI's only. To win the trophy, the challenger must beat the holder outright at the holder's home ground, or designated home ground.