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The Bowls NZ Quiz is now closed, 987 people took the quiz and out of them,  congratulations to the following people who scored 10/10 and entered into the draw to win this signed blackjacks shirt!

1.Scott Evans
2.Liam Hill
3.Kendall Goodwin
4.Glenda Bishop
5.Barb Thomason
6.Lloyd Belliss
7.Tanya Haywood
8.Chris LeLievre
9.Gary Cotter
10.Donna Scott
11.Marshall Stokes
12.Tania Woodham
13.David Johnston
14.Sarah Ibbotson
15.Lisa Mundell
16.Pam Mulford
17.Cloverfield Inch

The winner will be announced in a video at 5pm tomorrow, Friday the 3rd of April. 

Good Luck!

2 days ago

Bowls NZ

Greens Maintenance Update:

Like you, Bowls New Zealand and the Bowls New Zealand Greenkeepers Association are concerned about the need to maintain the natural bowling greens at hundreds of bowling clubs around the country.

We are presently working with Sport NZ and MBIE (Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment) with the aim of having a workable solution advised to us in the very near future. We will advise all clubs of the outcome of our discussions with Sport NZ / MBIE as soon as we have their response.

Stay safe.

Kia Kaha New Zealand
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Cricket fields have been mowed in my area

Thanks Bowls NZ.

Thanks bowls NZ. Good work. Will be good to have the greens good to go as soon as clubs open back up. Instead of more time fixing them for play. Will wait to hear more. And to all the bowls greenkeepers across the country who spend more time at the club then at home!!!.. (that’s all off us!! ) lol! Wish you all well and good luck when back on the greensπŸ˜€

A single green keeper should be able to work alone The cost of repairing a green after fours weeks of Negligence is more than the regular upkeep Stupid to stop green keepers from working

Mark Arrandale


Thanks Bowls NZ. I noticed the council were still doing lawns including trimming edges on my walk this morning.

Robyn Adams for jeff

Stay at home

Perhaps can have a look at Bowls South Africa as an example.

Are they going to put any greenkepper in jail for doing a one man job to keep things going. Our green is seeding like mad so we are not going to lose this oppertunity.

Think Club President should be able to delegate 1 person to upkeep the club plenty of soapy hot water on contact points before and after work easy..

Roger Gutberlet. One person locked inside the bowling complex is not a threat to the community. It is more dangerous going to the supermarket. The greens must be maintained.

Common sense should prevail on this one green keepers should be allowed to work on their greens provided they work alone

Back off MBIE bureaucrats ! Let top class greenkeepers like Jamey Ferris do their job without all the crap you dish up in those ivory towers in Wellington !

If people's priorities are maintaining greens then NZ is doomed.

like wise at Hillcrest and Claudelands(Hamilton) lots of seed on greensand they are needing a mow right now.

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Great Bowler πŸ˜‰

In his day he was the best bowler in the world.

The reason I started playing outdoor bowls and driving they way I do. Bart.


Elliot Mason how smooth is that drive?

Incredible player.

A real NZ legend.....does anyone have any footage of Millie Khan that can be shared?

Callum Brown Kieran Alexander think we should start throwing them harder πŸ€”

Matthieu Lennan

Great post from Bowls NZ! Anyone interested to see this full match between Peter Bellis & Geoff Oakley in 1983, please go to: &

Watching this footage has shown me just how much I modeled my delivery on him albeit left handed

Imagine sitting that close when Ryan Bester Drives but great Footage πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘

So good to watch . Thankyou

Judy Saroglia

The Great Arnold O'Brian marking.

Aaron Teys

Played against him at the opening of the Stokes Valley Astro green in 4s ask him sometime we took an 8 of him and his team on one end

I managed to beat him at the nationals in the singles in dunedin at St Claire hell of a nice guy a true gentleman and competitor

More Jack High games please. PB a true champion n gentleman.

Top man legend of the sport real gentleman

Those r great memories

Justin Cribbin Mitchell Styles

He was my hero when I first started playing.

I'm sure one of those commentators is Ian Cleland. Who was an Aussie rules umpire/commentator as well.

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Attention Greenkeepers:

Currently, greenkeeping at bowling clubs is considered a non-essential service.
This means you should have prepared your greens for the four week lockdown period.
Bowls NZ is currently working with Sport NZ and the Ministry of Health on the ability of a greenkeeper to maintain a green during this (or an extended) period. Once we are made aware of the outcome of this decision, we will advise accordingly.

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Considering they would be working alone and wear appropriate PPE anyways I would think the ability to mow and spray would be unaffected We are not locked inside our houses and going to mow a green completely by yourself does not put others at risk

Most of Auckland will still run the same as they always have 🀣

Debbie Gainfort

Just let grass grow and just get sheep's or cows into shorten green .πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜·πŸ€¬

The little guy in the wheel barrow can you confirm he is a certified handler? I understand he is 2,I,C to a greenkeeper

Could start early renovations... ... Not much happening now ..

Lovely little best friend

Michael Butler looks like your call went unnoticed

Stay home and stay safe Donald

At home I can mow my Lawn and do other chores. Our green keeper lives on site - so why can't he cut the lawn? I can see the difficulty if the green keeper needs to travel (both from a Bowls and Golf perspective) same as me not being able to travel to the bach to cut the lawn, but living on site - what difference does it make (both from a Bowls and Golf perspective)

Great we need to attend to our greens especially now its renovation time as nearly all of can work on our own during theses difficult times

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Watch the whole match here:

Te Sierra Manu this guy!

Gee thanks this is great . I've been watching some of the old ones in YouTube ...


he was also an extremely talented indoor bowler

Way to go K.G.Still has the spark but body not so good!!!!

Simon Cannington πŸ˜‚

Ken Gash is a legend πŸ‘

Kiwis own Rob Parrella!!!

He must have bloody exhausted by the end of the day!!

Craig Tinker is this you

Jacob Inch

What a fantastic athlete running like a sprinter

David Kneepkens cuz I'm sure you were faster

Jared Ford

Ryan Towns is this Dale Mcwhinney Shillington?πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

I seen Brett Wilkie do this once πŸ˜‚

Dave Callon Nigel Thompson what a character this dude is

Nick Kemp

Olivia Buckingham this is going to be me in a few months tomeπŸ˜‚πŸ’ͺ🏾

Nath Savino is that you?

Dean Gilshnan

Mike Hargraves reminds me of you back in the day hurling the eurekas down the centre line

Don Morgan

Lewys after a midweek game πŸ˜‚

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Darren Broome

Tony Cockerill

Emma Hanley

Thank you to the entire team at Bowls NZ for such proactive communication. It is appreciated...

Elliot Mason

Wednesday bowls was on today in Dunedin

Thanks Bowls NZ.

Well done mark great leadership

Thanks Mark. Appreciate your guidance.

Congratulations You’ve done a fantastic job communicating to our community

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4 weeks ago

Bowls NZ

What a great Summerset Retirement Villages National Fours we had over the weekend!

If you've missed some of our broadcasting, or want to relive some golden moments, check out the links below:

Women's Final (Sandra Keith vs Wendy Green):

Women's Semi (Debbie White vs Sandra Keith):

Men's Final (Gary Lawson vs Mike Kernaghan):

Men's Last 16 Match (Andrew Kelly vs Shannon McIlroy:

Thanks to Sky Sport Next and the New Zealand Sport Collective for helping to make these broadcasts possible.
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Great bowling thank you for the chance to be able to watch it

Really enjoyed the coverage of the National bowls at the mt. Thankyou.

4 weeks ago

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Well done Judy, still bowling well x

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Any1 else having it freeze alot?

Absolutely diabolical coverage.Picture and commentary keep freezing .

Yes, very annoying

Yip not good

Typical!! All about the men. Well done girls , pity about the no photo

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Any chance of regular updates from the men’s semis please??

Go Sandra!

Well done guys

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Update on scores from the other games would be great is someone could provide them

Congratulations Sandra Tayla Clare & Selina Awesome WIN πŸ˜‰

Worst coverage ever .

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Seriously, guys, the updates both here and the website need to be quicker.. Still nothing regarding the 3.30pm games??!!

The printing of the charts is so small ..Might as well not be there

thaks for streaming live.Its been great to be able to watch the games. Some great bowls. Well done Sandra,Tayla,Selina, and Claire on 2 top games to complete the win.

1 month ago

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Nice looking green

Yay Cheryl πŸ˜‚

1 month ago

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Can anyone tell me where im playing saturday and time..bruce lourie team

Any plans to live stream?

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