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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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Tournament Calendar

2 August 2015

With the start of the new season on 1 September, the links from the website have been updated. The current season link will point to the 2015-16 calendar, last season will point to the 2014-15 calendar, and next season will point to the 2016-17 season.

The 2013-14 calendar (previously last season) has been archived.

Women's World Championship Fundraising

29 July 2015

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

Manawatu Troublesome Triples

27 July 2015

The entry form for the Manawatu Troublesome Triples (Saturday, 29 August) is now available.

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.

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.

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

Women's World Championship Fundraising

23 July 2015

Don't forget the Women's World Championship Fundraiser Mêlée on 16 August 2015.

In addition Christine, Claire and Sharon are also running a Bonus Lotto draw for the month of August.

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.

Wellington Representative Team

13 July 2015

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

Manawatu Bastille Day + Hip-Op Plus Day

6 July 2015

Due to a lack of entries the Manawatu Hip-Op event has been cancelled.

Jacques Cochonnet Trophy match

27 June 2015

Kapiti's first defensive test of the Jacques Cochonnet Trophy was successfully completed at Otaki. Result

Kapiti's next defence is away to Upper Hutt. Remaining draw

Kapiti Memorial Mêlée

27 June 2015

Last weekend's rained off Kapiti Memorial Melee has been rescheduled to Sunday, 27 September 2015.

WBS Open Triples

22 June 2015

Video of the 2015 WBS Open Triples final played at Masterton has been added to Wellington Petanque YouTube channel.

Pétanque in the News

18 June 2015

Claire Wilson is featured in the Wairarapa Times Age.

Silverstream AGM Doubles

14 June 2015

Results from the Silverstream Doubles played prior to the WPA AGM on Saturday.

PNZ National Doubles Championship

14 June 2015

Video of the PNZ National Doubles Championship final played at the Kapiti Pétanque club on 2 November 2014 has been added to Wellington Pétanque YouTube channel.

WPA Regional Awards

13 June 2015

The Regional Award winners for 2014-15 were announced at the AGM. The full list of winners is:

Two special Awards were also announced.

Women's World Championship

9 June 2015

PNZ have announced the NZ team to participate in the Women's World Championship (4-8 November 2015) in Bangkok, Thailand.

Congratulations to Sharon Cannon, Christine Strichen and Claire Wilson. The coach is Michael Rocks.

Things to do in the Off-season

9 June 2015

With the reduction in activity over the winter months, what is the dedicated Pétanque fan to do?

Online you can watch videos from Pétanque Wellington , PetanqueTube, PetancaTV, Quarterback.

You can also simply type in Petanque Video and use your favourite Search engine.

For inspiration, you might like to consider Extreme Pétanque where there are no rules, just boules!

Masterton Midwinter Doubles

7 June 2015

Video of the Masterton Midwinter Doubles final played at Clareville last weekend has been added to Wellington Petanque YouTube channel.

Hawke's Bay Classic Doubles

5 June 2015

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