Tertiary sport events Ngā kaupapa hākinakina kura wānanga

Compete against other New Zealand students in your favourite sport, including virtual sports.

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Massey University sends teams to compete in different National Tertiary Championship and Tertiary Challenge events throughout the year. These student sports tournaments include 15 physical sports and 4 virtual sports.

Tertiary sport events take place around New Zealand throughout the year. National or regional sporting organisations run most of the competitions for their own sports. The independent University and Tertiary Sports New Zealand (UTSNZ) oversees the tournaments. The venues and dates usually change every year.

You don’t need to be an elite athlete to take part. And if you’re selected, you can compete in more than one sport.

National Tertiary Championships

Each year, New Zealand universities and some other tertiary institutions take part in the National Tertiary Championships. The institutions compete for the UTSNZ Tertiary Shield.

Each team that competes earns points for their institution. At the end of the year, the institution with the most points across all of the National Tertiary Championship events becomes the Tertiary Sport Champion. The Tertiary Sport Champion wins the UTSNZ Tertiary Shield.

You can register to take part in as many events as you like. See the table for sports, dates, team type and locations of sporting events in the 2021 National Tertiary Championships.

Table showing sporting events in the 2021 National Tertiary Championships
Sport Type of team Dates Location
Rowing Men's team and women's team 2 to 3 April Lake Ruataniwha, Twizel
Futsal Men's team and women's team 15 to 18 April CET Arena, Palmerston North
Basketball 3 x 3 Men's team and women's team 23 to 24 April ASB Sports Centre, Wellington
Volleyball Men's team and women's team 17 to 18 July Pioneer Stadium, Christchurch
Badminton Mixed team 31 July to 1 August AUT North, Auckland
Ultimate Mixed team 28 to 29 August Hamilton
Basketball Men's team and women's team 17 to 19 September AUT North Shore, Auckland
Netball Women's team 25 to 26 September Auckland Netball Centre

Tertiary Challenge events

University and Tertiary Sport New Zealand (UTSNZ) supports challenge events across the country. Challenges are:

  • physical
  • online or virtual.

You can register to take part in as many events as you like.

Some challenge events are part of larger sporting competitions. In 2021, the Badminton Challenge Event takes place at the same venue and on the same dates as the National Tertiary Championships. But the challenge and the championships stay as separate competitions.

See the table for sports, dates, team type and locations of sporting events in the 2021 Tertiary Challenge events.

Table for sports, dates, team type and locations of sporting events in the 2021 Tertiary Challenge events
Sport Type of team Dates Location Part of larger event
Swimming – open water Men's team and women's team 16 to 17 January Lake Taupo Part of Epic Swim
Beach volleyball Men's team and women's team 22 January Ruakaka, Northland Part of NZ Beach Championships
Football Men's team and women's team 19 to 21 March Massey University, Palmerston North
Swimming – pool Men's team and women's team 5 to 10 April AUT Millennium, Auckland Part of NZ Open Championships
Hockey fives Men's team and women's team 7 to 9 April Palmerston North
Badminton Mixed-gender team 31 July to 1 Aug Hamilton

Some challenge events are not physical – they are online or virtual. In 2021, the virtual challenges are:

  • esports
  • virtual rowing
  • virtual athletics
  • virtual swimming.

How to apply

Fill in an application form to take part in the competitions. You don't need to be an elite athlete to apply, just enthusiastic and committed.

Apply to play sport for Massey

To take part in a virtual challenge event, you usually sign up through social media. Follow us on our Facebook page so you can register to play when applications open.

Find out what’s going on

Follow Team Massey on Facebook to stay in the know about upcoming selection deadlines and tournaments, plus all the results. We also bring you highlights of the action as it happens!

Follow Team Massey @MasseySports on Facebook

Check out the results for previous years

Staff contact

Massey University Sport Coordinator Chris Sharrock

Phone

+64 6 356 9099 extension 83871

Location

Recreation and Sports Centre Manawatū

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