Basketball New Zealand (BBNZ), in conjunction with GJ Gardner Homes and Sky Sport, have today announced the name and direction of the new-look women’s national basketball league for 2022.
The league will officially be named GJ Gardner Homes Tauihi Basketball Aotearoa. Tauihi means “to soar” in Te Reo Māori – a theme which Leagues GM, Huw Beynon says will echo the spirit of the new league and its players.
“Tauihi will be a league that exists to elevate the status of women’s basketball, to help take it to the next level in Aotearoa and beyond,” says Beynon.
“It will be a unique competition which epitomises basketball’s uplifting energy, and which inspires the next generation of young kiwi women to aim higher, both on and off the court.
“And as a product for fans, it will deliver a high level of professional women’s basketball action – featuring an exciting mix of homegrown and overseas talent – which will also help grow and develop our next generation of Tall Ferns.”
BBNZ board member and former Tall Fern / WNBA player, Megan Compain says that this new league is a major turning point for women’s basketball in New Zealand.
“This commitment and investment in the women’s game is ground-breaking in that it creates an aspirational pathway for kiwi women to come home and play in a quality, local competition,” says Compain.
“The fact we’re paying our female athletes at the same level as the men’s leagues shows that we’re taking this seriously, which in turn will help attract the best talent to play in this league – it’s a game-changer.
“It’s a fantastic signal in that our female athletes will be making the type of money that allows them to play professionally and to invest in themselves more to become better basketball players; and it signals to fans that this is a top product and worth watching.”
Public Ticket Release:
Thursday 11th August – 9am
August 26-27, Trafalgar Centre, Nelson
Friday August 26 – Semi Final 1 (6pm, 1v4) & Semi Final 2 (8pm, 2v4)
Saturday August 27 – Grand Final (6pm)
Adult – $10
Adult plus 1 child (17 & under) – $10
Child – $5