24 March 2023 • Announcement

Children’s Mid Winter Forum and AGM

3 February 2023 • Announcement

Like a Girl – Run Jump Throw

31 January 2023 • Announcement

Board Member vacancy

16 November 2022 • Announcement


23 September 2022 • Announcement

Marcia Petley, MNZM

12 September 2022 • Announcement

2022-2023 Track & Field Summer Handbook

8 September 2022 • Announcement

2022-2023 Children’s Summer Handbook

5 September 2022 • Announcement

Athletics NZ Awards

5 September 2022 • Announcement

2022 NZ Road Champs – Results of the WBOP Team

2 September 2022 • Announcement

Athletics WBOP Officials Training Courses 2022

1 September 2022 • Announcement

Track Officials Training Day – 18th September

4 May 2022 • Announcement

Board announcement

28 February 2022 • Announcement

IPs U16/U18 2022 – week 6

21 February 2022 • Announcement

IPs U16/U18 2022 – week 5

11 February 2022 • Announcement

IPs U16/U18 2022 – week 4

1 February 2022 • Announcement

IPs U16/U18 2022 – week 3

25 January 2022 • Announcement

IPs U16/U18 2022 – week 2

18 January 2022 • Announcement

IPs U16/U18 2022 started last weekend

11 January 2022 • Announcement

WBOP Children’s Champs

9 November 2021 • Announcement

Officials training days cancelled

23 September 2021 • Uncategorized

Board Member Vacancy

27 August 2021 • Announcement

Officials Training Days

5 August 2021 • Announcement

Officials Training Days – Whakatane

20 May 2021 • Announcement

Retirement of Ray Young

14 May 2021 • Announcement

Secondary Schools Cross Country Information

13 April 2021 • Announcement

Participant voice survey

6 April 2021 • Announcement

WBOP team for North Island Secondary Schools

25 March 2021 • Announcement

North Island Secondary Schools entry

9 November 2020 • Uncategorized

Athletics NZ AGM Awards

2 November 2020 • Announcement

Waikato- Bay of Plenty Team for NZ Road Race

18 August 2020 • General

Officials Course

6 March 2020 • Announcement

2020 Road and Cross Country Handbook

17 February 2020 • Announcement

Porritt Classic

16 November 2022 • Announcement


SPECIAL presentations were made to long-serving officials Douglas and Ashley Taylor and Jeannette Vedder-Price at an afternoon tea held last Friday 11 November to thank and celebrate their huge contribution to our sport on their retirement. They were presented with certificates to mark their contributions.

Jeannette Vedder-Price, better known as Mrs Porritt Stadium, has been a stalwart for the Centre, maintaining equipment and facilities at Porritt Stadium for many years. I am sure many of us thought that she slept there as there never seemed to be anything on at the track without Jeannette’s presence. Her enthusiasm for the never-ending list of tasks is hard to match.  Hawks and Athletics WBOP appreciate the work that you put into the sport.

Thank you, Jeannette, for the many hours of work you dedicated to the sport.

Douglas and  Ashley Taylor have just about done everything possible in the athletics sphere. Both started as athletes, at first with Hamilton High School, and the sport was very lucky when they decided to become involved as officials. Keeping a watchful eye on the Centre’s finances is another sphere Ashley in particular, has been involved in.

Douglas’ main contribution to the Centre officiating scene was becoming the photo finish guru when the Centre installed the photo finish equipment in 1999. He operated this until the end of 2020. He has assisted with photo finish at many tracks around the country and overseas.

Ashley has been involved with Centre, national and international competitions for many years, in a variety of roles. His first international role was at the 1974 Christchurch Commonwealth Games, where he organised the officials. As a result of that he proposed that a national official’s scheme be implemented in New Zealand, later becoming the Chairman of the National Technical Officials Committee. Ashley progressed through the system, becoming an International Technical Official, with his last appointment being in 2002.

Both Douglas and Ashley have held office as President of Athletics NZ and have received many awards for their involvement – Centre, National and International. The highlight for Ashley was the Halberg Lifetime Achievement Award in 2015- a much deserved reward for many years of service.

Thank you, Douglas and Ashley, for your many years of service.

Heather O’Hagan presented the certificates of recognition to Ashley and Douglas.