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.
|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:
- 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.
|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:
- 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.
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!