Mel Young Easter Classic 2021 Sponsored by R-Line

The Mel Young Easter Classic is the largest stop clock basketball tournament in New Zealand. The focus of the event is on development of players, coaches, managers, scorebench and referees. 138 teams from around the North Island will compete this year. This will see around 6000 people in Tauranga for the event. Basketball Pacific, aContinue reading “Mel Young Easter Classic 2021 Sponsored by R-Line”

Referee Education with Ken Coulson – Mel Young Easter Classic 2021

Basketball Pacific along with BBNZ are offering to YOU during the Mel Young Memorial tournament that is held over Easter in Tauranga to attend a referee trainers course. This course is specific and there will be opportunities to practice what you are being taught, therefore by the end of the course you will be confidentContinue reading “Referee Education with Ken Coulson – Mel Young Easter Classic 2021”

Q&A With Brendon Polybank

What is your full name and where are you from? Brendon Polyblank from Wellington. Why did you choose the game of basketball?  I didn’t choose it, it chose me. You have played for the Tall Blacks, New Zealand NBL and overseas, which squad has been your favorite? My favourite team was the2013 Fribourg Olympic teamContinue reading “Q&A With Brendon Polybank”

Mel Young Easter Classic 2021 – Remembering Melvyn Robert Young

Basketball Pacific’s premier event, the Easter Tournament was renamed to the Mel Young Easter Classic in 2016, to honour the dedication and work of Mel Young in providing oportunities for everyone involved in the basketball game. Mel forged a number of crucial relationships with like-minded basketball organisations, which today now give Players/Coachers/Managers and Referees opportunitiesContinue reading “Mel Young Easter Classic 2021 – Remembering Melvyn Robert Young”

Q&A With Charlisse Leger-Walker

What is your full name and where are you from? Charlisse Leger-Walker,  Hamilton, New Zealand  Ko Whakatōhea te iwi  My mother is from Opotiki and my father from Tokoroa.  I am Maori and Samoan.  Why did you choose the game of basketball?  Ive played basketball ever since I could remember, but I play because IContinue reading “Q&A With Charlisse Leger-Walker”

VALYOU Girls Basketball Program – Weekly

VALYOU EVENTS programs are centered on pure fun while developing skills, the result is a strong balance of ‘On-court’ AND ‘Off-court’ know-how. This is a uniquely special girls basketball program, designed with a focus on developing individual player depth in an enjoyable and safe all-girl environment. If you’re looking for a program that delivers aContinue reading “VALYOU Girls Basketball Program – Weekly”

Q&A With Krystal Leger-Walker

What is your full name and where are you from? Krystal Hoana Leger-Walker Waikato.  Mum is from Opotiki and my dad is from Tokoroa, with Maori and Samoan ethnicities.  Why did you choose the game of basketball?  I chose basketball because it is the best sport out there! Incorporates multiple different skills and you’re ableContinue reading “Q&A With Krystal Leger-Walker”

Q&A With Akiva McBirney-Griffin

What is your full name and where are you from? Akiva McBirney-Griffin. Born and raised in Hamilton, NZ. Mum is from Samoa, Dad is from the Cook Islands.  Why did you choose the game of basketball?  I wanted to be an All Black. Rugby was my main sport, I played first five. At primary schoolContinue reading “Q&A With Akiva McBirney-Griffin”

Q&A With Joseph Reddish

What is your full name and where are you from? Joseph Reddish, Born in Townsville Queensland raised in NZ. Why did you choose the game of basketball?  I was born into basketball. My brothers & sisters all played  What schools did you attend and what were your achievements and highlights as a player? I went toContinue reading “Q&A With Joseph Reddish”

Q&A With Molly Cockburn

What is your full name and where are you from? My name is Molly Cockburn, I’m from Kaiapoi just North of Christchurch, New Zealand. Why did you choose the game of basketball?  My primary school Kaiapoi North School had a great basketball programme, as well as two amazing teachers that are so passionate about basketball, Continue reading “Q&A With Molly Cockburn”

New Zealand Hoops – Q&A With Sean Murphy

What is your full name and where are you from? My name is Sean Joseph Murphy, and I’m from Auckland, New Zealand.  Why did you choose the game of basketball?  I chose the game of basketball to be my sport after playing both rugby and soccer at a young age. After not enjoying either of theContinue reading “New Zealand Hoops – Q&A With Sean Murphy”

New Zealand Hoops – Q&A With Jack Exeter

What is your full name and where are you from? Jack Joseph Exeter, and I was born in raised in Christchurch. Why did you choose the game of basketball?  I was a typical kiwi kid played rugby in the winter and cricket in the summer and I managed to find some success within those sportsContinue reading “New Zealand Hoops – Q&A With Jack Exeter”

New Zealand Hoops – Q&A With Hannah Wentworth

What is your full name and where are you from? Hannah Wentworth & I am from / live on the Hibiscus Coast, Auckland , NZ. Why did you choose the game of basketball?  I followed my older brother around when he played it in primary school and thought it would be fun to play withContinue reading “New Zealand Hoops – Q&A With Hannah Wentworth”

New Zealand Hoops – Q&A With Amanda Buck

What is your full name and where are you from? Amanda Buck, Auckland Why did you choose the game of basketball?  My twin brother started playing so I decided to join in. What schools did you attend? and what were your achievements and highlights?  Northcote College, College of the Siskyous and Alderson-Broaddus College You are a roleContinue reading “New Zealand Hoops – Q&A With Amanda Buck”

New Zealand Hoops – Q&A With Dominique Kelman-Poto

What is your full name and where are you from?     A: Dominique David Tuatini Kelman-Poto from Mangere Why did you choose the game of basketball?      A: I didn’t really choose basketball, in a way, it chose me. I played many sports growing up but was never a star in any of them. ItContinue reading “New Zealand Hoops – Q&A With Dominique Kelman-Poto”

New Zealand Hoops – Q&A With Tim McTamney

What is your full name and where are you from? Tim McTamney. Born and raised in Masterton, mostly lived in Palmerston North. Hamilton and the UK. Why did you choose the game of basketball?  I grew from 5’8 to 6’3 in year 12 and my rugby coach wanted me to shift from 1st Five toContinue reading “New Zealand Hoops – Q&A With Tim McTamney”

New Zealand Hoops – Q&A With Amanda Wayment

What is your full name and where are you from? Amanda Wayment from Ogden, Utah USA Why did you choose the game of basketball?   I grew up around the sport and all my older siblings played as well. What schools did you attend? and what were your achievements and highlights? Fremont High School in PlainContinue reading “New Zealand Hoops – Q&A With Amanda Wayment”

New Zealand Hoops – Q&A With Judd Flavell

What is your full name? Judd Kiely Flavell Why did you choose the game of basketball?  My Dad started playing and put a hoop up at home and we never looked back. You have played for the Tall Blacks and in the Australian and New Zealand NBL, which squad has been your favourite? Absolutely 100%Continue reading “New Zealand Hoops – Q&A With Judd Flavell”

New Zealand Hoops – Q&A With Piet Van Hasselt

What is your full name and where are you from? Piet Van Hasselt, born in Dunedin, but moved to Christchurch when I was 11. Why did you choose the game of basketball?  Basketball is the ultimate team game and everyone needs to play their role to be successful.  Also because it’s a fast-paced game combiningContinue reading “New Zealand Hoops – Q&A With Piet Van Hasselt”

New Zealand Hoops – Q&A With Aik Ho

What is your full name and where are you from? Ho Thean Aik, born in Malaysia and move to NZ in 1988. Why did you choose the game of basketball?  Watched the Lakers and Showtime You played basketball in your youth, please tell us more? I grew up in Malaysia where sports is not soContinue reading “New Zealand Hoops – Q&A With Aik Ho”

New Zealand Hoops – Q&A With Penina Davidson

What is your full name and where are you from? Penina Davidson – Auckland, New Zealand Why did you choose the game of basketball? I didn’t initially, my parents forced me to play. I tried to fake injuries so I didn’t have to play every Wednesday night. When I got better though, that’s when IContinue reading “New Zealand Hoops – Q&A With Penina Davidson”

New Zealand Hoops – Q&A With Kalani Purcell

What is your full name and where are you from? Kalani Purcell from Auckland, NZ What schools did you attend and what were your achievements and highlights? I went to high school in Australia. I attended John Paul College in Logan, QLD. In my 3 years at JPC we won secondary school nations in 2010,Continue reading “New Zealand Hoops – Q&A With Kalani Purcell”

New Zealand Hoops – Q&A with Micaela Cocks

What is your full name and where are you from? Micaela Claire CocksAuckland, New Zealand Why did you choose the game of basketball? I started playing basketball in the Under 16 age group for North Harbour. Throughout primary school and intermediate school, I was a child who played any and every sport being offered, fromContinue reading “New Zealand Hoops – Q&A with Micaela Cocks”

New Zealand Hoops – Q&A With Chevannah Paalvast

What is your full name and where are you from? Chevannah Paalvast Auckland, NZ Why did you choose the game of basketball? Both my parents played and my best friend asked me to join her team What schools did you attend and what were your achievements and highlights? High School – Massey High School CollegeContinue reading “New Zealand Hoops – Q&A With Chevannah Paalvast”

New Zealand Hoops – Q&A With Megan Compain

What is your full name and where are you from? Megan Compain from Whanganui, New Zealand. Why did you choose the game of basketball?  I was a gymnast till 13 but got too tall, played netball but got too bored, wanted to bounce the ball and shoot all the time so chose basketball 😊 Also myContinue reading “New Zealand Hoops – Q&A With Megan Compain”

New Zealand Hoops – Q&A With Sam Timmins

What is your full name and where are you from? My Full names Samuel Alexander William Timmins, I’m from Dunedin. Why did you choose the game of basketball?  Initially just went to hang out with my mates but ended up enjoying it way more than rugby and eventually dropped everything else for it. What schoolsContinue reading “New Zealand Hoops – Q&A With Sam Timmins”

New Zealand Hoops – Q&A With Ashleigh Karaitiana

What is your full name and where are you from? My name is Ashleigh Dante Katuku Karaitiana and I was born in Hamilton, NZ. My parents are from Hastings & Danniverke. I moved to Sydney, Australia at the age of 6, and currently reside in Brisbane, Australia. Why did you choose the game of basketball? Continue reading “New Zealand Hoops – Q&A With Ashleigh Karaitiana”

New Zealand Hoops – Q&A With Akiene-Tera Reed

What is your full name and where are you from?  My name is Akiene-Tera Reed and I am from Tauranga Moana (Ngati Ranginui / Ngai Te Rangi) and New Orleans, USA. Why did you choose the game of basketball?  I played multiple sports growing up and I chose basketball because it was the sport thatContinue reading “New Zealand Hoops – Q&A With Akiene-Tera Reed”

New Zealand Hoops – Q&A With Benoit Hayman

What is your full name and where are you from? Benoit Hayman from Dunedin, New Zealand Why did you choose the game of basketball?  I began playing in primary school, following my friends into the sport and have enjoyed playing ever since What schools did you attend and what were your achievements and highlights? OpohoContinue reading “New Zealand Hoops – Q&A With Benoit Hayman”

New Zealand Hoops – Rise Mobile App Review

RISE is an mobile app for all sports players at all levels – The app focuses on helping athletes constantly improve on all aspects of their craft. EB Sports Development are launching Basketball on the RISE app in the very near future – The app features other sports such as Baseball, Softball, Football and Volleyball.Continue reading “New Zealand Hoops – Rise Mobile App Review”

New Zealand Hoops – Q&A With Arielle Williams-Mackey

What is your full name and where are you from? He uri au nō Te Poho o Rāwiri Marae Nō te hapū o Ngāti Oneone Nō te iwi o Te Aitanga a Hauiti, nō Ngāti Porou whānui anō hoki  Ko au tēnei, ko Arielle Lenadean Maharata Williams-Mackey  Why did you choose the game of basketball? Continue reading “New Zealand Hoops – Q&A With Arielle Williams-Mackey”

New Zealand Hoops – Q&A With Jackson Stubbins

What is your full name and where are you from? Jackson Stubbins from Lower Hutt. Why did you choose the game of basketball? Grew up watching my sisters play basketball and would always go to their trainings because my mum was the coach and just fell in love with the sport.  What schools did you attend, andContinue reading “New Zealand Hoops – Q&A With Jackson Stubbins”

New Zealand Hoops – Q&A With Amy West

What is your full name and where are you from? Amy Olivia West, I’m originally from England but moved to Palmerston North when I was 5. Why did you choose the game of basketball?  I didn’t start playing basketball till I was 15, I had always played many other sports but basketball was never onContinue reading “New Zealand Hoops – Q&A With Amy West”

Lincoln University Scholarships – Q&A with Head Coach Tyla Harrison-Hunt

Tyla Harrison-Hunt is the current Head Coach of the program at Lincoln University where hoops and study collide. In this article he talks on the opportunities on being a student athlete in New Zealand. What is your full name and role at LU? He uri tenei no ngai Tahu, no Ngāti Porou, no Te AtiawaContinue reading “Lincoln University Scholarships – Q&A with Head Coach Tyla Harrison-Hunt”

New Zealand Hoops – Q&A With Everard Bartlett

What is your full name and where are you from? Everard Bartlett from Flaxmere. Why did you choose the wonderful game of basketball?  MJ, My dad use to order all the MJ & NBA highlight tapes. Would run home from school to watch them and then go outside and practice their moves. What schools didContinue reading “New Zealand Hoops – Q&A With Everard Bartlett”

New Zealand Hoops – Q&A With Kane Keil

What is your full name and where are you from? Kane Keil, Auckland, New Zealand Why did you choose basketball?  It was the sport that sat with me at a young age and just never stopped loving it. What schools did you attend?  St. Peters college AKL Auckland grammar (yr12-13) 2 years at Barstow communityContinue reading “New Zealand Hoops – Q&A With Kane Keil”

New Zealand Hoops – Q&A With Jacinta Beckley

What is your full name and where are you from?  Jacinta Beckley, and I am from Paraparaumu, Wellington.  Why did you choose the game of basketball?   My Mum played basketball so my first ever experience playing was with her in her women’s team and then I started getting into it in High School.  What schoolsContinue reading “New Zealand Hoops – Q&A With Jacinta Beckley”

New Zealand Hoops – Q&A With Tayla Dalton

What is your full name and where are you from? My name is Tayla Mary Dalton and I am from the North Shore of Auckland, New Zealand.  Why did you choose the game of basketball?  Growing up I played every sport under the sun, from surf life saving, to touch rugby and tennis. I do believeContinue reading “New Zealand Hoops – Q&A With Tayla Dalton”

New Zealand Hoops – Q&A With Brooke Blair

What is your full name and where are you from? Brooke Blair from Auckland, New Zealand Why did you choose the game of basketball? My Mum and older sisters played so I just ended up playing too and fell in love with the game at a young age.  What schools did you attend? and what wereContinue reading “New Zealand Hoops – Q&A With Brooke Blair”

New Zealand Hoops – Q&A With Stella Beck

What is your full name and where are you from? Stella Beck, from Wellington NZ Why did you choose the game of basketball?  For me it was the most fun sport to play so I stuck with it.   What schools did you attend? and what were your achievements and highlights? Hutt Valley High School –Continue reading “New Zealand Hoops – Q&A With Stella Beck”

New Zealand Hoops – Q&A With Kayla Manurirangi

What is your full name and where are you from? Kayla Miriama Manurirangi. I currently live in Taranaki, but was born in Gore. Why did you choose the game of basketball?  Well, I like art and sports, and for me basketball was the perfect combination of both. I could express my creativity through the skills I learnt dribbling/shooting/comboContinue reading “New Zealand Hoops – Q&A With Kayla Manurirangi”

New Zealand Hoops – Q&A with Oliver Hayward

What is your full name and where are you from? My name is Oliver Hayward, and I was born and raised in Auckland!  Why did you choose the game of basketball? I decided when I was about 13 that basketball was the route I was completely ready to go down! I loved the environment, fromContinue reading “New Zealand Hoops – Q&A with Oliver Hayward”

New Zealand Hoops – Q&A with Darci Finnigan

What is your full name and where are you from? Darci Amelia Finnigan. I was born in Chelsea U.K but moved to Auckland, New Zealand when I was 2.  Why did you choose the game of basketball? Throughout primary and high school I was very sporty and played almost every sport you could think ofContinue reading “New Zealand Hoops – Q&A with Darci Finnigan”

New Zealand Hoops – Q&A With Ashleigh Kelman-Poto

What is your full name and where are you from? Ashleigh Kelman-Poto and I’m from Auckland, New Zealand   What is your current profession and how long have you been doing it?  I was playing in the harbour breeze, but currently working as an admin for Harcourts JK realty, I’ve been here for about a year.Continue reading “New Zealand Hoops – Q&A With Ashleigh Kelman-Poto”

New Zealand Hoops – Q&A With Katelin Noyer

What is your full name and where are you from? My name is Katelin Noyer and I am from Auckland, New Zealand What is your current profession and how long have you been doing it? I am currently working at Swish Factory and have been working there since after lockdown. I also worked at SwishContinue reading “New Zealand Hoops – Q&A With Katelin Noyer”

New Zealand Hoops – Q&A With Dillon Boucher

What is your full name and where are you from? Dillon Boucher – Born in New Plymouth and lived in a small town called Bell Block and moved to Papatoetoe when I was 14 and then moved to the Albany about 10 years ago. What is your current profession and how long have you been doingContinue reading “New Zealand Hoops – Q&A With Dillon Boucher”

New Zealand Hoops – Q&A With Mary Goulding

What is your full name and where are you from?  Mary Goulding from North Canterbury (Rangiora, NZ) Why did you choose the wonderful game of basketball?  Because of the enjoyment I get from playing, the friendships I make, the basketball community and the sense of family. I love the competitive environment and also love knowing thereContinue reading “New Zealand Hoops – Q&A With Mary Goulding”

New Zealand Hoops – Q&A with Gemma Stowers

What is your full name and where are you from? Kia Ora Ko Owairaka te maunga Ko Waitematā te awa Nō Ahiterairia ahau Ko Stowers tōku whānau Ko Gemma tōku ingoa Please tell us your story Gemma 😁 I remember my Dad playing in a social league at Jordan Rec many years ago, watching myContinue reading “New Zealand Hoops – Q&A with Gemma Stowers”

New Zealand Hoops – Q&A With Zoe Richards

What is your full name and where are you from? My Name is Zoe Richards, I was born in Auckland and then moved to Dunedin when I was 4 years old. Why did you choose the wonderful game of basketball? Mum and Dad encouraged my twin sister and I to play different sports but IContinue reading “New Zealand Hoops – Q&A With Zoe Richards”

New Zealand Hoops – Q&A With Helen Richardson

What is your full name and where are you from? Helen Richardson, I grew up in Nelson and have lived in Christchurch, Palmerston North and now Tauranga is home. What is your profession and how long have you been doing it? I’m lucky to be employed in the sports industry for the past 14 years.Continue reading “New Zealand Hoops – Q&A With Helen Richardson”

New Zealand Hoops – Q&A With Tiarna Clarke

What is your full name and where are you from? Tiarna Clarke and I’m from Auckland, New Zealand.  Why did you choose the amazing game of basketball?  I originally chose basketball because I grew up going to my brothers basketball games as a kid and so then I built an interest in the game fromContinue reading “New Zealand Hoops – Q&A With Tiarna Clarke”

New Zealand Hoops – Q&A With Brent Matehaere

What is your full name and where are you from? Brent Matehaere, I grew up in Hamilton, attended St John’s College ’87.  I attended Otago University completing a B.PhEd, PG Dip Secondary School Teaching and then a B.Arts in Te Reo Māori What is your current profession and how long have you been doing it?Continue reading “New Zealand Hoops – Q&A With Brent Matehaere”

New Zealand Hoops – Q&A With Joshua Paurini

What is your full name and do you have any nicknames? Joshua James Paurini or Jp/Jpo for short What is your current involvement with basketball? Currently I am the Assistant Coach of the Taranaki Steelformers Airs in the 2020 NBL Showdown currently being played up in Auckland Why did you choose the game of basketball?Continue reading “New Zealand Hoops – Q&A With Joshua Paurini”

New Zealand Hoops – Q&A With Melony Wealleans

What is your full name and where are you from? Melony Wealleans from Wanganui.  I’ve lived in Wellington for all my adult years, but it was Wanganui that introduced me to basketball and helped me love the sport. Why did you choose refereeing? I was a part of the era when you refereed and didContinue reading “New Zealand Hoops – Q&A With Melony Wealleans”

New Zealand Hoops – Q&A With Justine Reed

What is your full name and where are you from? My full name is Justine Reed (nee Tuhakaraina) and I am from Tauranga (Ngati Ranginui/ Ngai Te Rangi). I also whakapapa to Aitutaki through my grandmother. What is your profession and how long have you been doing it? I am a Chartered Accountant and currentlyContinue reading “New Zealand Hoops – Q&A With Justine Reed”

New Zealand Hoops – Q&A With Jenna Kensington

What is your full name and where are you from? Jenna Kensington from Opunake, Taranaki. What team do you play for? I play for the Taranaki Thunder. What is your current profession and how long have you been doing it? I work in Human Resources at Taranaki District Health Board and have been there almostContinue reading “New Zealand Hoops – Q&A With Jenna Kensington”