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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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PNZ Committee Election

11 July 2018

The new PNZ Committee members are:

The new Managers (formerly Directors) are:

Hawke’s Bay Classic Doubles

10 July 2018

The entry form for the 22nd Hawke’s Bay Classic Doubles (1-2 September 2018) at Napier City is now available.

Tournament Director workshop

10 July 2018

Michael Rocks is running a Tournament Director workshop at the Kapiti Clubrooms on Saturday, 4 August 2018. The start time is 9:30 am, with an anticipated finish time of 12:30 pm.

The workshop will cover the material in the PNZ How to Run a Tournament booklet (2005 edition), plus the Swiss system.

To register for the workshop, please contact Michael at workshop@petanque.org.nz or 021-73-0011.

Same Club Doubles

10 July 2018

The entry form for the Same Club Doubles at Horowhenua on Saturday, 11 August 2018 is now available.

Oceania Championship - Women’s Triples Semi-final

7 July 2018

The video of the 2017 Oceania Championship Women’s Triples semi-final match at Christchurch between NZ A (Sharon Cannon, Christine Strichen and Claire Wilson) and NZ B (Marilyn Bunce, Annick Le Guen and Kathleen Wallace) is on the Wellington Pétanque YouTube channel.

WPA Tournament Formats

6 July 2018

The Tournament Sub-committee have published a discussion paper on the WPA Tournament structure (28kB) for 2018-19.

Feedback closes on 31 July, so if you support the status quo or would prefer a change, please send in your comments to one of the addresses in the paper.

WPA Committee Meeting

4 July 2018

The Agenda for the WPA Committee Meeting on Sunday, 15 July 2018 at Kāpiti is now available.

Premier Pétanque Triples

1 July 2018

The entry form for the Premier Pétanque Triples on Saturday, 21 July 2018 is now available.

Wanganui East Open Triples

24 June 2018

The Wanganui East Open Triples has been renamed the Pete Hamilton Memorial Triples. The Triples will be held 17-18 November 2018.

WPA Annual General Meeting

17 June 2018

Some highlights from the Annual General Meeting held at Horowhenua. The minutes will be sent out in due course.

The next WPA Committee meeting will be held on Sunday, 15 July at Kapiti.

Wanganui East Mêlée

16 June 2018

The entry form for the Wanganui East Mêlée on Sunday, 19 August 2018 is now available.

Masterton Bastille Day Mêlée

16 June 2018

The entry form for the Masterton Bastille Day Mêlée on Saturday, 14 July 2018 is now available.

Representative teams

12 June 2018

The Auckland and Wellington Development teams to contest the Chanticleer Cup have been announced. The match will take place at the Herne Bay Pétanque club, Auckland, on 25-26 August 2018. More »

Jacques Cochonnet Trophy Challenge

12 June 2018

Otaki with Jacques

Otaki’s first defence of the Jacques Cochonnet Trophy was away at Horowhenua. They started slowly, winning just the Doubles game in the first round to trail 1-2.

In the second round, Otaki won all three games to lead 4-2. In the final round, Horowhenua picked up the Singles and Triples, but fell just short as Otaki won the Doubles to claim the match 5-4.

Otaki’s next defence is at home to Naenae.

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Boules to You Trophy

10 June 2018

Upper Hutt & Masterton teams

On Wednesday, 30 May 2018 the Upper Hutt Pétanque Club played our traditional challenge against the Masterton Club for the Boules To You trophy.

Four teams from each club played four rounds of doubles. After the third round the score was six games each.

In the last round, Upper Hutt managed to win three of the games and therefore won the trophy by nine games to seven.

Upper Hutt players with the Boules To You trophy

This proved very satisfying as Upper Hutt has not had their name on the trophy for quite a number of years. A good day was had by all.

Report: Colleen Horton

Oceania Championship - Women’s Triples Final

4 June 2018

The video of the 2017 Oceania Championship Women’s Triples final at Christchurch between New Zealand and Tahiti is on the Wellington Pétanque YouTube channel.

WPA Annual General Meeting

2 June 2018

The Agenda for the 2018 Annual General Meeting to be held at the Horowhenua Pétanque club on Saturday, 16 June starting at 1:00 pm.

Kapiti Open Doubles

27 May 2018

The video of the 2018 Kapiti Open Doubles final is now on the Wellington Pétanque YouTube channel.

Murrayfield Open Triples

22 May 2018

Lee, Sharon & Maurice

Twenty-six teams took part in the ninth Murrayfield Open Triples at Otaki. Thankfully, the forecast showers stayed away, so everyone was able to enjoy the games without the hassle of rain.

Maurice Belz, Sharon Cannon and Lee Taffard were the only team to go through undefeated. Second place was claimed by Kathy Gatford, Tony Gatford and Lynne Shepherd.

The other prize winners were: Carleen Fitzgerald, Jo Anne Hayward and Barbara Nicholls; Anne Grant, Simon Grant and Robin Mann; and Graeme Millard, Linda Millard and Doc Murray.

Final Results | Previous Winners

Notice of Annual General Meeting

13 May 2018

Notice is hereby given that the Annual General Meeting of the Wellington Pétanque Association (Incorporated) will be held at 1:00 pm on Saturday, 16 June 2018 at the Horowhenua Pétanque Club, Western Park, Tiro Tiro Road, Levin.

Business to be transacted will include:

  1. President’s report for the year ended 30 April 2018
  2. Presentation of the financial statements for the year ended 30 April 2018
  3. Approval of affiliation fees
  4. Election of President, Secretary and Treasurer
  5. Presentation of Subcommittee reports
  6. Life Membership


Any Club or member wishing to have a remit or motion presented to the AGM should submit it to the Secretary as soon as possible, and by 26 May 2018 at the latest.

A further notice advising the details of any remits/motions will be sent to Clubs two weeks in advance of the AGM.

Officer Nominations

The closing date for nominations is 26 May 2018. Position descriptions President (190kB), Secretary (189kB) and Treasurer (189kB).

Jacques Cochonnet Trophy Challenge

10 May 2018

The Jacques Cochonnet Challenge Trophy has moved on once more. Hataitai, fresh from their victory over Kapiti, lost their first defence away at Otaki 2-7.

Otaki’s first defence is away at neighbours, Horowhenua.

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PNZ National Triples Championship

5 May 2018

The video of the 2018 PNZ National Triples Championship final at Manawatu is now on the Wellington Pétanque YouTube channel.

WPA Regional Women’s Singles Championship

5 May 2018

Thirty players took part in the Regional Women’s Singles Championship at Horowhenua. Two players who had registered withdrew due to illness. This was the largest entry since 2006.

After the morning qualifying rounds, three players Annick Le Guen, Claire Bradburn and Claire Wilson were undefeated with four wins.

In the afternoon, the top eight qualifiers went into the Trophy section, the next eight went into the Plate section, the next eight into the Bowl and the final six went into the Bowl Consolation.

In the Trophy final, 2013 champion Annick Le Guen beat first-time finalist Ngaire Erikson 13-9.

The Plate final was won by Trish Biddle-Amoroa over Barbara Nicholls. The Bowl was won by Michelle Maxwell from Lee-Ann Bartrum. The Bowl Consolation was won by Judy Tyree from Debby Butler.

Final results

WPA Regional Triples Championship

29 April 2018

The video of the 2018 WPA Regional Triples Championship final at Manawatu is now on the Wellington Pétanque YouTube channel.

Pete Hamilton

27 April 2018

Pete Hamilton
Wanganui East Pétanque club

It is with great sadness that the Wanganui East Pétanque Club advise that their club mate and friend Pete Hamilton passed away last night.

Pete will be remembered for his presence, humour and prowess on the piste. He was so passionate about pétanque and he was a great club mate and we will miss him so much.

Messages of condolence can be sent to:
Christine Strichen
5 St. Helens Place
Wanganui 4501
and these will be passed on to the family.

Pete’s family have advised that there will be a time of remembrance for Pete on Wednesday, 2 May at 2:00pm at the Wanganui East Club, 101 Wakefield Street, Wanganui East.

Pete’s palmar├Ęs included:

  • WPA Winter Doubles (2008)
  • Kapiti Open Doubles (2009, 2013)
  • Hawke’s Bay Summer Doubles (2010)
  • National Senior Doubles Championship (2011)
  • WPA Champion of Champions Doubles (2011)
  • National Singles Championship (2012)
  • Horowhenua Midwinter Triples (2013)
  • Murrayfield Open Triples (2014)
  • WPA Regional Triples Championship (2016)
  • Hawke’s Bay Autumn Triples (2016)
  • WPA Regional Doubles Championship (2016)
  • WPA Open Triples (2016)
  • Wellington Regional Representative (2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013)
  • New Zealand National Representative (2010, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2016, 2017)

Photo credit: Liz Rocks