The Hawke Cup is the major competition for New Zealand's District Associations. To win the Hawke Cup, challengers must beat the holders on their home ground.
There are four Hawke Cup regional zones:
- Zone One: Hamilton, Northland, Counties-Manukau, Bay of Plenty, Poverty Bay and Waikato Valley
- Zone Two: Hawke’s Bay, Wairarapa, Wanganui, Horowhenua Kapiti, Manawatu and Taranaki
- Zone Three: Canterbury Country, Marlborough, Nelson, Buller
- Zone Four: Otago Country, North Otago, Southland, South Canterbury and Mid Canterbury
A full round robin tournament is played within each zone, with games played over two days. Each zone's winner gets a three-day Hawke Cup Challenge as part of the challenge series against the current holders on a rotational basis. If the current Hawke Cup holders finish top of their zone then the team finishing in second place qualifies for the challenge series.
The team with the Hawke Cup at the end of the challenge series holds it for the winter. To win the Hawke Cup a challenger must beat the holder outright or win on the first innings on the holder's home ground.
District Association Contact Information
For more information about the Hawke Cup tournament in your region, get in touch with your District Association.
Hawke Cup 2015/16 Challenge Dates
Zone 3 Challenge January 29-31 Canterbury Country vs Zone 3 Winner (Buller) at Mainpower Oval, Rangiora
Zone 4 Challenge February 12-14 Buller vs Zone 4 Winner (North Otago) at Craddock Park, Westport, Buller
Zone 2 Challenge February 26-18 Holder vs Zone 2 Winner Venue TBC
Zone 1 Challenge March 11-13 Holder vs Zone 1 Winner Venue TBC