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Our Team





Mike Ryan, General Manager





Coming directly to Basketball Manawatū from 20 years employment with Special Olympics New Zealand, where he was an integral member of the Senior Management Team; Mike has brought a wealth of knowledge in the Event Management and working within the sports sector, especially around working with passionate volunteers. This is Mike’s third year with the Basketball Manawatū programme in the top leadership role.

When he is not doing basketball things, you will find Mike watching or supporting his children and/or grandchildren playing sport; or just hanging out & doing stuff with them.

Mike understands the life skills we learn from being involved in sport (playing, coaching or officiating), which is why he is so passionate about sport; and sport for all.

According to Mike “Sport is a tool that can change peoples lives”, so we need to embrace it and get off the couch and let’s play.

Mike’s contact details: – 027 215-2210  and you can email him anytime at






Tess Petley, Competitions and Events Coordinator





Born and raised just an hour up the road in Whanganui, Tess has been involved in basketball in some capacity as a player, manager, coach, administrator and committee member for the past 35 years.

Raising three basketball mad boys has kept her involved in the game and afforded her the opportunity to support them all alongside her partner, Terry, on their basketball journey, whilst forging her own.

Tess loves basketball, but her passion is young people so being on the floor coordinating competitions and events is a role she enjoys daily!  She is a keen supporter of tamariki and rangatahi in our community and aims to provide opportunities for them to grow and improve.

Her experience and background is in Youth Work and Development, Teaching, Business and Management.

You will find her at the CET office just inside Arena 4, hours are varied due to the timings of our events and competitions.


Tess’s contact details: – 027 2299622  and you can email her anytime at



New Board Elected at 2023/2024 AGM & Papers Presented at the AGM

Read about our Basketball Manawatu newly elected executive board who will lead us into the future

Looking to our Future

Exciting times ahead for our game

Be a Great Supporter - Let Them Play

Basketball Manawatu in association with BBNZ have introduced an innovative programme to keep every one safe while enjoying the game

Latest News

Read all of the current Press Releases and BBNZ Newsletters

Good Sports Guide for Coaches

A guide for coaches to support them to create quality experiences for the children they coach.

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