Annual Under 15 Boys' Tournament

As part of Winter Tournament Week, the annual Under 15 Tournament comprises sixteen teams from secondary schools (on an invitational basis) who compete in a Cup and Plate section for the Rex Kerr Trophy.

Annual Under 16 Boys' Tournament

Every year in the third term school holidays, the Council holds New Zealand's premier tournament for Under 16 players, comprising teams from all member Provincial Unions, competing in two divisions for the Don Broughton Shield, the Saracens Cup and the Manaaki Tangata Trophy.

Annual Under 18 Boys' Competition

Every year in September, the Council holds a competition for Under 18 teams from member Provincial Unions, competing for the TrustBank Central Secondary Schools Shield first competed for in the 1990's.

Annual Under 19 Tournament

This competition comprises teams from Wellington, Hawkes Bay and Manawatu, and a Hurricanes Heartland Team (comprising players from the Council's member Heartland Provincial Unions), competing for the Central Region Shield on a home and away basis.

Annual Under 20 Heartland Development Series

Comprising teams from the regions Heartland Provincial Unions, the Heartland Development Series is held annually over two weeks, with teams competing for the Hurricanes Under 20 Cup.

Girls' Rugby Development Programmes

Every year, with the support of New Zealand Rugby, the Council provides Development Days, an Under 15 Tournament and an Under 18 Development Camp for young women within the Hurricanes Region.

Annual Hurricanes Sevens Tournament

The best secondary school Sevens players in the region (in Boys and Girls divisions) compete for the Hurricanes Secondary Schools Sevens Cup, hosted by Wairarapa-Bush.

Council Welcomes Karaka Cafe As 2020 Programme Sponsor

Wellington’s Karaka Café have generously agreed to support teenage rugby in the Hurricanes region in 2020, by sponsoring the Council’s 2020 programmes. A sponsor of the Council’s Under 19 Tournament for a number of seasons, Karaka Café has this year increased their support of youth rugby in the region, given the challenges created by COVID-19 and its financial impact on New Zealand sport.

Paul Retimanu, who owns Karaka Cafe with his wife, Keri, says they want their cafe to always have a strong Maori flavour so the menu has te reo translations, with traditional ingredients such as horopito and kawakawa playing a big part in the cafe's cuisine.

But perhaps the greatest Maori influence at Karaka Cafe is the concept of “manaakitanga” - aroha, hospitality, generosity and mutual respect – which are all values which form part of the Hurricanes rugby culture and traditions, at all levels of the game.


Karaka Café can be found at the Te Wharewaka o Poneke Conference Centre, Taranaki Wharf, Wellington. It occupies a prime spot, opening to Frank Kitts Lagoon on one side and Odlins Square on the other. Paul and Keri welcome your support of Karaka Cafe and will ensure your visit is both enjoyable and tastefully memorable, in all respects.

(Published : 14/07/20)



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