Welcome to Bowls New Zealand
Bowls New Zealand is the national governing body of lawn bowls, working with over 500 clubs around the country and committed to the practice and development of lawn bowls throughout New Zealand.
Bowls is a sport steeped in history and community, with many bowling clubs being over 100 years old and playing a huge part in community development as social hubs.
However it is also a sport which is moving forwards. Bowls New Zealand supplies leadership, administration and governance that will assist the progression, and increase popularity of the sport.
Established in 1996 when the New Zealand Bowls Association and the Women’s Bowls Association were separate, the first job was to amalgamate both and create one single governing body.
This was a huge task for any association bringing men and women together to share in the enjoyment of the sport.
Through perseverance and dedication we now see successful Mixed Pairs tournaments and a combined National Championships.
We at Bowls New Zealand have the vision to be the best bowling country, something which all of our participants, athletes, coaches, staff, funders, sponsors and supporters are helping us to achieve.
Bowls New Zealand is committed to the mission; “Bowls is enjoyable, entertaining and accessible to all New Zealanders now and into the future” and holds strong values of enjoyment, growth, sharing, honour and success.
With a strong traditional base, casual players who turn out for a roll up, more youth involved than ever before and world class athletes, bowls is continually challenging the stereotype.
“Bowls is enjoyable, entertaining and accessible to all New Zealanders now and into the future.” Bowls New Zealand