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Welcome to the website of Pétanque Wellington. On these pages you will find information regarding the game of Pétanque, also known as Boules or French Bowls, within the lower North Island of New Zealand.

Please take some time to browse through the site and we welcome your feedback (webmaster@petanque.org.nz).


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Manawatu Troublesome Triples

26 August 2015

Sixteen teams took part in the Manawatu Troublesome Triples. Dave Gatchell, Pete Hamilton and Cheryl Parslow went through undefeated to claim first place. Final results

Wanganui East Open Triples

24 August 2015

The entry form for the Wanganui East Open Triples (21-22 November) is now available.

Chanticleer Cup

23 August 2015

The Wellington Development team has beaten their Auckland counterparts to regain the Chanticleer Cup. More details to come.

Around the Clubs

23 August 2015


Get to Know Pétanque 1

Manawatu Pétanque recently hosted Sport Manawatu staff on a typical cold, windy and rainy Friday afternoon in a Get to Know Pétanque Time.

Get to Know Pétanque Time 2

Ann was aghast as the children who took over from the parents could get their boules closer to the cochonnet after a few throws.

WPA Committee Meeting

21 August 2015

The next WPA Committee meeting will be held at the Silverstream Pétanque Club on Saturday, 12 September 2015. The start time is 10:00 am.

Please send any items of general business to me as soon as possible.

Michael Rocks
Acting Secretary

Manawatu Troublesome Triples

21 August 2015

Reminder that entries for the Manawatu Troublesome Triples (Saturday, 29 August) close on Monday, 24 August. Twelve teams have entered so far.

New Video

19 August 2015

Video from the 2015 Hawke's Bay Autumn Triples final played at the HBLTS Pétanque club, Napier.

Jacques Cochonnet Trophy match

17 August 2015

Wanganui East wasted no time in putting the Jacques Cochonnet trophy on the line. Just six days after their successful challenge, Wanganui East faced Horowhenua at home.

Sadly, Horowhenua's journey was in vain as they went down 2-7. Result

Wanganui East's second defence is at home to Hataitai. Remaining draw

Pétanque in the News

17 August 2015

Christine Strichen, Sharon Cannon and Claire Wilson make the Wanganui Chronicle.

WPA Regional Singles Championship

14 August 2015

The entry form for the WPA Regional Singles Championship (19-20 September) at Horowhenua is now available.

Auckland Representative Team

13 August 2015

The Auckland Development team to play against Wellington for the Chanticleer Cup has been announced.

National Representative process

9 August 2015

Interested in playing Pétanque for New Zealand? Find out what is involved. Representation policy (284kB) and Registration form (80kB)

New Video

5 August 2015

Video from the 2015 Trans Tasman match played at the Pyrenees Pétanque club, Avoca, Victoria.

The game is from Round 2 and features Kapiti's Annick Le Guen.

Women's World Championship Fundraising

29 July 2015

Entries received for the Bonus Lotto draw Fundraiser. The first draw starts this weekend.

New Zealand International Open

26 July 2015

The twentieth edition of the NZ International Open will be held at the Herne Bay Pétanque club over Auckland Anniversary weekend (30-31 January 2016).

The tournament comprises two events: the Open Triples and a Women's Doubles. Participants come from Australia, New Caledonia and Tahiti. Some years have also included players from England and France.

All players in NZ, whether national champion or novice club player, should attend the Open at least once in their playing careers. For any player with ambitions to play on the international stage, then the Open should be considered mandatory.

With a prize fund of $8,000 there are quite a few reasons to consider taking part in 2016. As an added incentive, the winning team in the 2015 Wellington Open Triples will have their entry paid to the NZ Open Triples.

Tournament flyer

In 2013 Allan Fletcher, Charles Peni and Richard Swaney became the first NZ team to win the Open Triples. Thankfully the game was captured on video as it remains one of the best games of petanque played in NZ.

Kapiti Midwinter Mêlée

26 July 2015

At a recent forum which allowed members to put forward ideas, thoughts and concerns, the subject of a three game competition was raised. There were members who felt that they were unable to enter into some competitions because of the number of games they had to play.

At the last committee meeting, the idea was discussed, along with the topic of the usual annual midwinter celebration.

Simple solution. Combine a three game melee with a pot luck mid winter lunch to follow.

Our club captain, Brian Frampton organised the tournament which was held on 16 July. The weather was kind to us although very cold and the tournament started on time, with due ceremony and I have to say, with much laughter.

The competition was fierce, with cries of anguish and of glee. The pomp and ceremony was absent, how could there be any with people attired in gumboots, woolly hats and various garments to ward off the cold wind.

After the three games were played, we all moved into the clubhouse to sample the bounty that each member had provided. It was a great spread, catering to everyone's digestive system.

Kapiti Midwinter Mêlée winners

The winners of the first three game melee were:

  1. Ian Calder
  2. Graham Hooper
  3. Tony Gatford

And a handsome trio they are, too.

Nigel Hopkins, BeachFM, receiving the WPA Media Award

Once the accolades were over, Jo Maxwell, our club President, introduced our guest, Nigel Hopkins, the morning host for our local radio station, BeachFM.

Nigel has been a champion of our local sports clubs, including Kapiti Pétanque club.

In recognition of this, he was presented with the WPA's 2014-15 Media Award certificate.

Marlene Barker
Kapiti Pétanque

WPA Committee Meeting

19 July 2015

The draft minutes from the WPA Committee meeting held at the Otaki Pétanque club on Saturday, 11 July 2015.

Hawke's Bay Classic Doubles

5 June 2015

The entry form for the Hawke's Bay Classic Doubles (5-6 September) is now available.