Badminton New Zealand has today announced it has cancelled the Barfoot & Thompson New Zealand Badminton Open, scheduled for 22-27 November, 2022 at Eventfinda Stadium in Auckland. This decision is a result of ongoing Covid complexities which continue to impact the viability of the event for both players and fans.
While the decision to cancel the Open will be disappointing for the badminton community, Badminton New Zealand are buoyed by the recent announcement that the New Zealand Open has been confirmed within the HSBC BWF World Tour from 2023-26. Badminton New Zealand CEO Stephen Nelson is excited by the long-term commitment from Badminton World Federation to continue their support for the New Zealand Open.
“The Barfoot & Thompson New Zealand Open is an important event for badminton within New Zealand and we’re incredibly excited to bring this outstanding event back for our fans in 2023.”
Badminton New Zealand are working closely with Badminton World Federation as they finalise the 2023 calendar and look forward to shortly announcing the dates for the 2023 event.
Due to the cancellation of the Open, Badminton Manawatū are also announcing the cancellation of the Manawatū International that was due to follow the World Tour 300 Event. Manawatū International Event Director James Veitch was disappointed to lose the International in 2022.
"An international badminton tournament in the Manawatū had the entire region excited, and Badminton Manawatū are deeply disappointed to announce its cancellation. We are already working with Badminton Oceania and Badminton New Zealand to explore options for hosting this tournament in 2023, so watch this space over the coming months."
In the meantime, Badminton New Zealand encourages the entire community to support the North Harbour International, which marks the return of international badminton to our shores in October.
Badminton New Zealand in partnership with YONEX are excited to announce the launch of the Shuttle Time Gift Your Gear initiative.
Gift Your Gear seeks to improve the accessibility of badminton by redistributing pre-loved gear to young people throughout Aotearoa. Running throughout March, eighteen of our Associations have signed up to the initiative, with schools and junior clubs across the motu set to benefit.
Badminton New Zealand Community Manager, Sam Paterson notes his excitement “I’m really looking forward to seeing our community come together to grow the sport with collection points from Whangārei to the deep south. Like most players, I’ve hoarded plenty of extra gear over the years, so look forward to dropping these in to the Hastings collection point.”
How do you participate in the Gift Your Gear initiative?
- Search the dark corners of your racquet bag and wardrobe for all of your pre-loved badminton gear.
- Drop it off to one of the collection points listed below.
- It's that simple!
So New Zealand, it's time to Gift Your Gear and give the gift of badminton!
The BARFOOT & THOMPSON New Zealand Badminton League hits the heart of Auckland at the prestigious SKYCITY Theatre on Tuesday 6th and Wednesday 7th April. Auckland fans will have the chance to marvel in a unique and theatrical badminton experience, never previously delivered in New Zealand before! Entry is free for spectators and this will be a great opportunity for fans to see the best badminton talent in the country on stage over the two nights.
On Tuesday night, the top-of-the-table TIGER BROKERS Tigers take on the STARSHIP Rockets. Having tussled it out in a Golden Game in Round 1, the Rockets will no doubt be seeking to better their performances with MVP front runner, Alyssa Tagle, leading the charge. With an impressive 8 from 9 wins, Tagle has been a key member to the team’s 3v3 line-up, with the Rockets yet to be defeated in a 3v3 match! Tagle’s mixed partner, Dylan Soedjasa is a true rocket, thriving under pressure and armed with a booming smash – he’s one to keep an eye out for in the doubles!
TIGER BROKERS Tigers will not make it easy for the Rockets, with young gun, Jack Wang asserting his dominance on the doubles and mixed court. Consistent strong performances and a Match Night MVP under his belt, Wang is no doubt a great asset to accompany Tigers’ star Edward Lau as their team battles to remain on top of the league leader board.
Wednesday night won’t disappoint with the PLENTY BAY Whales & Mighty JAZZ Apples colliding on court. After opening the season with a stellar upset, Whales’ Singles specialist Andy Rouse will be looking to cement his mark as he meets the infamous Oscar Guo. Guo will be looking to avenge his Round 1 performance, as his cracking attack and experience will make for a thrilling Men’s Singles clash.
All teams have everything to play for as the league leader board tightens and the intensity will be heightened as the players adjust to competing the totally unique SKYCITY Theatre venue. The theatre is surrounded by some of the city's best restaurants, Federal Street right on the doorstep offering the perfect location for a pre-badminton meal or a post-badminton night cap.
Entry is free so be sure to grab a few friends to join a stellar few nights of badminton in the heart of Auckland. Doors open from 6:30pm, with action taking to the court from 7pm.
SKYCITY THEATRE, 78 Victoria Street West, Auckland CBD
Parking is available underneath the theatre, with the lifts bringing you directly to the theatre foyer. There are always available taxis in the precinct or you can choose from the many public transport options.