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Basketball Manawatu helps provide support and training opportunities for people interested in helping referee.

We need referees for all of our competitions; from brand new mini-ball (Year Zero to Four) players, right up to our more senior association members.

We have several dedicated volunteers who look after our referees, and can walk them through the different stages of development for our officials:

Life Member – Willie Bryant, has overall mentoring role of our Referee programme.

If you are interested in becoming a referee and would like to be involved this year, 2023, please see our flyer (click here) and come along to our 2023 Winter League meeting that we shall be holding in the very near future.  We would love to see you there.  Already a qualified referee?  We want to see you too!  Food and drink will be provided.

Prior to attending our meeting, please could you click on the link here to register!


Check out our flash new Referees Shirts that all officials will be wearing going forward.

These tops were purchased with the grateful assistance of Grassroots Trust Central


There are some great Referee articles ( have some really good stuff) that you will be able to relate no matter what sport and role within it you play.

Here’s just a couple: –

16 Unwritten Rules of Officiating

Every official knows the importance of the rules of the game. Regardless of sport, there are some unwritten rules you should follow as well.

6 Things You Never Say to a Coach

You will say all kinds of things when you’re having a conversation, conference, discussion, talk, debate or heated exchange with a coach. But are there some comments that should never come out of your mouth?

6 Qualities That Get You Respect

What are the characteristics that make up those special officials who get universal respect from partners and coaches alike? Your reputation matters.

The Three Types of Officials

It may sound elementary, but for the most part there are three types of officials: rulebook attorneys, freelancers and a combination of both.

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.

Our Collaborators

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