Halberg regional sports festivals announced

06 May 2022


28 April 2022 


Three regional events to be held in October for physically disabled young Kiwis 

The Halberg Foundation is pleased to announce a series of three regional two-day sports festivals in Christchurch, Auckland and Palmerston North this October for young people aged 8-21 years with a physical or visual impairment. 

This is the first time the Halberg Foundation – Sir Murray Halberg’s charity which supports physically disabled young New Zealanders to be active in sport and recreation – will host the regional events.  The two-day festivals are an offshoot of the national Halberg Games which has been cancelled this year due to the impact of COVID-19 and will return in 2023. 

Athletes will represent their region at their local two-day event with a variety of sports on offer from beginner to competitive including; athletics, swimming, golf, football and archery with more to be confirmed. On-site accommodation, opening and closing events, regional camaraderie and festival activities will go side-by-side with the sporting action, making it a fun weekend for the whole whānau. 

Photo: Andrew Cornaga /

The first event ‘Halberg Games South’ will be held at Rangi Ruru Girls’ School in Christchurch on 1-2 October and is open to athletes representing; Tasman, Canterbury, South Canterbury, Otago, Southland and West Coast. 

The ‘Halberg Games North’ festival will take place on 8-9 October at King’s College in Auckland for athletes representing; Northland, Auckland, Waikato, Bay of Plenty and Gisborne. 

The final event will see athletes representing Taranaki, Manawatū, Hawke’s Bay and Wellington eligible to attend the ‘Halberg Games Central’ on 14-15 October at Palmerston North Boys’ High School in Palmerston North.  

Athletes competing at any of the three Halberg Games regional events will also be eligible to apply for either the ISPS Handa Talent Scholarships or the Sky Sport Emerging Athlete Grant. The grants will assist emerging athletes to progress their sporting journeys with funding for equipment, specialised coaching, and international travel. Applications will open after the Halberg Games regional events. 

Photo: Andrew Cornaga /

“The Halberg Games is a highlight on the calendar for the athletes and whānau who attend. We are delighted to still be able to provide an opportunity for young tamariki and rangatahi to connect and compete to help achieve their sporting goals at these regional events” says Halberg Foundation Chief Executive, Shelley McMeeken.  

For more information about your regional Halberg Games event please contact your local Halberg Adviser on 0800 HALBERG or go to 


Halberg Games regional events information: 

Halberg Games South 

Date: 1-2 October, 2022 

Location: Rangi Ruru Girls’ School, Christchurch 

Athletes representing: Tasman, Canterbury, South Canterbury, Otago, Southland, West Coast. 


Halberg Games North 

Date: 8-9 October 2022 

Location: King’s College, Auckland 

Athletes representing: Northland, Auckland, Waikato, Bay of Plenty, Gisborne. 


Halberg Games Central 

Date: 14-15 October 2022 

Location: Palmerston North Boys’ High School 

Athletes representing: Taranaki, Manawatu, Hawkes Bay, Wellington 




For further information, please contact: Ashleigh Benny on or 09 579 9931. 

About the Halberg Foundation 

The Halberg Foundation is a charity founded by Sir Murray Halberg ONZ MBE in 1963 which aims to support physically disabled New Zealanders to be active in sport and recreation. The core work of Halberg includes a team of regionally based Advisers who connect physically disabled young people to sport and recreation opportunities.  Advisers deliver an Inclusion Training course on adapting physical activity and assist clubs, schools and organisations to provide inclusive events and programmes. The Halberg Games – is an annual national three-day sports festival for physically disabled and vision impaired young people. 


Please see images attached from the 2021 Halberg Games: 

  • Athletics race at the Halberg Games 2021 
  • Tiana and Shane Gray from Team Manawatū at the 2021 Halberg Games