Championing the best of rural sports


Rural New Zealanders have always been competitive, and they’ve turned everyday farm jobs like shearing and fencing into highly competitive sports, as well as providing some of the country’s top athletes in more traditional sports. The Norwood NZ Rural Sports Awards honour the best of our rural athletes, and now is the time for rural… View Article

Ford Ranger unveiled as naming rights sponsor of the New Zealand Rural Games


In its sixth year, the New Zealand Rural Games Trust are proud to announce Ford Ranger as the new naming rights sponsor. The 2020 Ford Ranger New Zealand Rural Games will be held on 14-15 March in The Square in Palmerston North. New Zealand Rural Games Trust Chair Margaret Kouvelis made the announcement in The… View Article

Rural sports attract another record crowd and will be broadcast on Three


More than 30,000 people attended the Hilux New Zealand Rural Games in Palmerston North over the weekend. A Rural Games special one-hour programme, hosted by Mark Leishman and Nickson Clark, will play on THREE at 4pm on Saturday, 16 March 2019. It will be replayed at 5pm on THREE+1. The programme will then be repeated… View Article

Glittering night for rural sports stars at Norwood Rural Sports Awards


The New Zealand rural sports community gathered at Awapuni in Palmerston North to honour their best and brightest. The winners of the Norwood New Zealand Rural Sports Awards were announced at a gala dinner this evening, on the eve of the Hilux New Zealand Rural Games. The Awards recognise both high-performance athletes and the people… View Article

World record attempts, sporting stars, Trillian Trek & more free events for children


The 5th Annual Hilux New Zealand Rural Games offering is heavily focused on free events for children, with a growing array of activities, and our popular events have been bolstered to reduce wait times. Held in The Square, Palmerston North, the Games are New Zealand’s premier celebration of rural sports, attracting more than 200 athletes… View Article

Array of sporting and social media stars to hit Palmerston North


Sporting and social media stars will descend on Palmerston North for the Norwood NZ Rural Sports Awards and attend the Hilux New Zealand Rural Games. Held in The Square in Palmerston North on the 9th and 10th of March, the Games are New Zealand’s premier celebration of rural sports, attracting more than 200 athletes from… View Article

Mad cap cars to crash the Rural Games and donate to Palmerston North schools and groups


Sunday afternoon at the Hilux New Zealand Rural Games will be spectacular as the Trillian Trek arrives in town with 35 mad cap vehicles in tow. Held in The Square in Palmerston North on the 9th and 10th of March – the Games are New Zealand’s premier celebration of rural sports attracting more than 200… View Article

Bucket list fishing trip with Matt Watson up for grabs


Matt Watson New Zealand’s world-famous extreme fisherman and Toyota’s Hilux ambassador will be attending the Hilux New Zealand Rural Games. The Rural Games are held in The Square in Palmerston North on the 9th and 10th of March – the Games are New Zealand’s premier celebration of rural sports attracting more than 200 athletes from… View Article

Finalists announced for New Zealand’s premier celebration of rural sports


The finalists have been decided for the Norwood NZ Rural Sports Awards for 2019 on Friday 8 March in Palmerston North. The finalists are leaders in both traditional rural sports like shearing, fencing, wool handling and dog trials, and newer sports like gumboot throwing, cowboy action shooting and tree climbing. “The range of rural sports… View Article

Kiwi sporting legend honoured with new Rural Sports Award


It’s time for rural sports organisations to get their nominations in for the prestigious annual Norwood NZ Rural Sports Awards. The Awards celebrate the cream of New Zealand’s rural sportspeople and will be presented at a gala function on Friday 8 March 2019, as part of the Hilux New Zealand Rural Games celebration in Palmerston… View Article