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 2023 National Tertiary Championships.
|Sport||Type of team||Dates||Location|
|Rowing||Men's team and women's team||7 to 8 April||Ashburton|
|Basketball 3 x 3||Men's team and women's team||13 to 14 May||Auckland|
|Volleyball||Men's team and women's team||8 to 9 July||Auckland|
|Badminton||Mixed team||29 to 30 April||Wellington|
|Ultimate||Mixed team||2 to 3 September||Wellington|
|Futsal||Men's team and women's team||24 to 27 August||Palmerston North|
|Basketball||Men's team and women's team||15 to 17 September||Christchurch|
|Netball||Women's team||23 to 24 September||Wellington|
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
Massey University Sport Coordinator Chris Sharrock
+64 6 356 9099 extension 83871
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Academy of Sport
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