Here are some of the sporting and recreational events happening all over Taranaki.  You can find more on the Sport Taranaki facebook page

All Upcoming Sport Taranaki & Community Events

Working Well Workshop - Hawera

Thursday 25 July - 9.00am - 4:30pm at the TSB Hub in Hawera. The Mental Health Foundation’s Working Well programme provides organisations with the tools to create a culture that enhances and protects people’s mental health. Good mental health leads to better engagement, reduced absenteeism and higher productivity while improving people’s wellbeing, morale and job satisfaction.

Waitara Events & Fundraising Forum

Waitara Alive are hosting an Events & Fundraising Forum about recruiting volunteers, health and safety basics (with templates), and how to leverage other awesome events and projects occurring in the Waitara community. Come along to learn from each other and offer up any knowledge or experience. Facebook event page link provided.

Torpedo7 Whakapapa Snow trip: New Plymouth Departure w/ GTGO

Torpedo7 Club and Got To Get Out have teamed up to get more kiwis outdoors and experiencing the snow this winter! We would love for you to come along and try out the slopes with us. With thanks to Mt Ruapehu, Whakapapa & Tūroa Ski Areas Torpedo7 Club members receive: -Mid week day-pass for Whakapapa Ski Field -Return transport to and from Mt Ruapehu (from store) -Trip hosting from Got To Get Out Cost: Your cost is just $30, which covers your night of accommodation, and secures your limited place in the transport and hut. Taking place from 5.00am Wednesday 14th August and returning to New Plymouth 5.00pm Thursday 15th August, this is a great opportunity. Website link provided.

Strategies to Support Effective Teaching & Learning in Physical Education

Co-delivered by Celia Fleck (PE Curriculum Facilitator) and Sport Taranaki from 9 am - 3 pm here at Sport Taranaki. A fun, practical workshop that will challenge teachers thinking about planning for and delivering quality Physical Education, and provide lots of ideas, activities and new learnings to take away and use in your kura. Aimed towards primary and intermediate school teachers, if you are interested please email Erika at by Friday 9th August.

Pelvic Health & Fitness Workshop

A one day workshop (9.ooam to 2.00pm at Full Circle Physiotherapy) on how to integrate pelvic health awareness amongst the pre and postnatal population for health and fitness professionals. If you are keen for further information regarding the workshop then look at the Facebook link provided.

Daffodil Day-Cycle of Hope 2019

Join the ride! Cycle fundraiser for Taranaki Cancer Society. Get a team together and relay around Mt Taranaki or go alone. This is not a race! Total distance 200km, with morning tea and lunch provided by friendly supporters/volunteers. Facebook link provided for more information.

Taranaki Steelformers Around the Mountain Relay

The Taranaki Steelformers Around the Mountain Relay from Friday, 1 November to Saturday, 2 November 2019 is an annual running event around Mt Taranaki. The event comprises of teams of between 10 and up to 18 members completing the 150km, and there are also solo 100 mile and solo 50 mile events. Solo 100 milers, team walkers and composite walkers start on Friday evening and team runners and solo 50 milers early on Saturday. Refer to the event website for start times. Distances/Events 50 mile solo 100 mile solo 150K relay

Taranaki Sports Awards 2019

Blyde receives top honour at 2018 Taranaki Sports Awards

Friday 24 November 2018

Rugby Seven super star Michaela Blyde has just become the tenth woman to win the Silks Audit Sportsperson of the Year Award at the Taranaki Sports Awards.

Blyde, who was recently named the World Rugby Women’s Sevens Player of the Year 2018, grew up in Taranaki playing through the ranks of community Rugby.  She has had an amazing year winning gold at the Commonwealth Games and taking out the World Cup for the Women’s Rugby Sevens. 

She joins a celebrated list of woman athletes who have won the award of the last 53 years.  The first being golfing star Glenys Taylor in 1970 through to the last woman to win the award in 2009 – surfing legend Paige Hareb.  

Sport Taranaki CEO Howie Tamati said that Blyde faced some tough competition for the overall award, including All Black Beauden Barrett, Bodybuilder Farah Deobhakta and Commonwealth Games Bronze medallist Aidan Zittersteijn .  The judges were unanimous in their decision with Blyde’s outstanding achievements over the last 12 months and the inspiration she provides to younger players.

Hosted by Sport Taranaki, the Taranaki Sports Awards 2018 were held at the Devon Hotel on Friday 24 November to recognise and celebrate outstanding achievements by Taranaki athletes, coaches and officials over the last year.

The Tenderlink Senior Sportman of the Year was taken out by Beauden Barrett and the Taranaki Representative Tennis Team won the Hassall Homes Senior Team Award with their Christie Cup and ADIDAS Cup wins. 

In the junior section, Commonwealth Games Lawn Bowls Bronze medallist Aidan Zittersteijn won the TSSSA Junior Sportsman’s award and the Toshiba Junior Sportswoman was taken away for the second year by runner Hannah O’Connor.  The Beach Volleyball duo Keegan Joe and David Jeffrey deservedly won the Timberco Junior Sports Team, with an amazing year of achievements which lead them to the Youth Olympics Games in Argentina.

The awards evening isn’t just about the achievements of the elite athletes.  It is also a celebration of the immense work and commitment put into sport by volunteers, officials and coaches.      

Boxing coach Jake Rapira, with the New Zealand team’s outstanding performance at the Commonwealth Games, won the WR Phillips Volkswagen Coach of the Year Award.

Local legends Jamie Sutherland (Yachting) and Adam Fraser (Surf Life Saving) walked away with the WR Phillips Mitsubishi Official of the Year Award and the IVHQ Volunteer of the Year Award respectively.

Four other local sports coordinators were honoured with Service Awards for their dedication to sports; Jenni Brewer, Antony Joe, Teri Tamati and Karen Gillum-Green.

Howie Tamati, CEO of Sport Taranaki offered his congratulations to all 2018 finalists and winners: “It’s fantastic to acknowledge all of our sporting stars who have performed on the big stage, whether that is regional, national or international.  They have made their families, communities and province proud of what they have achieved.“

“The awards evening offers a great opportunity to honour the region’s top athletes alongside the many community volunteers who help make Taranaki local sports so strong.”

Thank you for celebrating excellence in Taranaki sport!


Taranaki Sports Awards 2018 Winners

WR Phillips Mitsubishi Game Official of the Year – Jamie Sutherland – Yachting

International Volunteer HQ Volunteer of the Year – Adam Fraser – Surf Life Saving

WR Phillips Volkswagen Coach of the Year – Jacob Rapira – Boxing

Clelands Construction Masters of the Year – Farah Deobhakta – Bodybuilding

TSSSA Junior Sportsman of the Year – Aidan Zittersteijn – Indoor & Outdoor Bowls

Toshiba Junior Sportswoman of the Year – Hannah O’Connor – Athletics

Timberco Junior Sports Team of the Year – Keegan Joe & David Jeffrey - Volleyball

Tenderlink Senior Sportsman of the Year – Beauden Barrett - Rugby

The Floatation Sanctuary Senior Sportswoman of the Year – Michaela Blyde – Rugby Sevens

Hassall Homes Senior Sports Team of the Year – Taranaki Representative Tennis Team

Sportsperson of the Year 2018 – Michaela Blyde – Rugby Sevens

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Tag Oil Tough Kid

Tag Oil Tough Kid is all about the kids!!!

Check out the Video taken on the day.... simple click on the picture here:

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This event involves year 5-8 students taking on a giant obstacle course. This super fun event sees the kids climb over, under and through all sorts of obstacles, being dunked in water tanks and sprayed by the fire brigade as they race down the favourite obstacle of the day - the super slippery slide.

Students are registered by their school so if your child is keen to take part then talk to your school and ask if they are taking a group of students to the next Tough Kids in 2019.

TOUGH KID 2019 save the date - Friday 29 November 2019.

The 2019 Tag Oil Tough Kid is being held at the AMP Showgrounds in HAWERA. 

Registrations for this event will be taken in Term 3.

For any further information please contact Terry at Sport Taranaki (06) 759 0930 ext 737 or via e-mail.   

If you successfully registered and haven't been to Tough Kid before, you can find more information in our FAQs.



XRACE New Plymouth

XRACE is an adventure race at Nobs Line in New Plymouth on Sunday, 16 February 2020 where parent and child race together, locate and complete mystery challenges while racing the clock and all the other family teams. A team is made up of two people: - an adult; dad or mum or a trusted relative or family friend and - a child aged between 6 and 14 years of age. Each XRACE has 10 different challenges. There are two different types of challenges - mystery challenges and compulsory challenges. Your team must successfully complete one challenge before moving onto the next.

ITU World Cup Triathlon

New Zealand's only ITU World Cup Triathlon is an elite triathlon event at Ngamotu Beach in New Plymouth on Sunday, 29 March 2020. The event is the chance for New Zealand athletes to mix it with the best in their own backyard and in the process gain vital experience and ranking points to set them up for the rest of 2020. See also the Mellowpuff Trifest Fun Run, which is held in the same day, inbetween the Elite Mens and Womens triathlons. Distances/Events Elite Sprint Triathlon (750m + 20km + 5km)

Taranaki Sprint Triathlon - Suzuki NZ Triathlon Championships

Come and race on the challenging and stunning course that is Sprint by the Mountain. Swim in the sheltered harbour of Ngamotu beach, ride the short sharp hills around New Plymouth and run along the gorgeous Taranaki foreshore. Race for a place of the podium, a place in the NZ team for the ITU World Champs in Edmonton 2020 - it will be epic! Facebook link provided.