Information on Joining Netball

PO Box 82-073 Highland Park.  Ph 09 534 7571.  Email:

So You want to play netball........  2020
Howick Pakuranga Netball Centre is situated at 451 Pakuranga Highway and is one of the many sports clubs at Lloyd Elsmore Park. HPNC organises and runs netball for the community. We are affiliated to Netball Northern Zone (home of the Mystics) and Netball New Zealand (go the Silver Ferns). HPNC has 20 affiliated clubs who range in size from 1 to 26 teams.
Howick Pakuranga Netball Centre offers netball programmes for all ages and abilities. Junior netball is played in the year group you are at school; the Saturday competition begins when players are in Year 5. Girls at Secondary School can play in the College grades at HPNC or for the older more confident players they may play in the Senior grades on Saturdays during the winter season.

NNZ Future Ferns Junior Netball Programme

NNZ has restructured junior netball to grow with the players using a modified court size, pole height and ball size. The session consists of skill training in a fun learning environment followed by a modified game to ensure that all players get to participate. All balls, bibs and equipment will be provided by HPNC weekly and handed back at the end of the session. All coaches are encouraged to umpire/coach the game. There is no whistle. Coaches can move on the court alongside the players, coaching and supporting both teams. Leniency will be applied to all umpiring rules. This will be covered at the junior netball workshop.

Year 1 and 2 (4 a Side)

These players will only use 1/3 of a court from sideline to sideline. The netball pole height is 2.1m or hand held hoops at each sideline. The players can wear bibs turned inside out with no positions. Teams are allowed to use rolling substitutions to ensure equal playing time. Players can be swapped at any time during the game. Anyone can shoot. After a goal is scored, the non scoring team will start back at the middle. These players will use modified rules allowing more leniency. Games are 2 x 12 minute halves changing ends at half time.

Year 3 & 4 (5 a Side)

These teams will play 2/3 of the court using modified poles of 2.6m at each end. The playing positions are 2 x D’s (Defence – allowed in their own goal circle and up to half way) 1 x C (Centre - allowed in both thirds but not in the shooting circles) 2 x A’s (Attacks – allowed in their own goal circle and up to halfway). Teams are allowed rolling substitutions to ensure equal playing time. Once a goal is scored, the non scoring team will start back at the middle. These players will use modified rules allowing more leniency. Games are 4 x 8 minute quarters changing ends at half time.

Future Ferns Competition - See the Future Ferns Tab

Year 5 / 6 / 7 / 8        Saturday mornings, May – August (trials and practices are held from early Term 1). Contact a club for more details

Players join a club at the beginning of the year. Clubs advertise in the local paper and on our web-site Click here as to when they are having trials to make up their teams. Ask around – your friends, relations or neighbours may belong to a club already and can point you in the right direction. Once the club has selected their teams practices are generally held once a week until the season ends (Early September).

Club College Grades

We have two competitions for college age players. Saturday competition – club based ie players join a club. Teams are graded as to their ability and will play against similar ability teams. Games are played Saturday afternoons May – September. 

Club Senior and Premier Grades

Played on Saturday afternoons we have grades for Premier to Senior C to cater for all ages and levels of play for ladies. Players will need to join a club.

Secondary School

This competition is played on Wednesday afternoons from 4:15 p.m to 6:05 p.m.Check the Secondary schools tab.

Mid - Week Ladies

Contact the Centre for more information.


All teams need coaches to bring together a group of players. It is a great way to be involved with your children and their friends or with a group of players. We offer a range of workshops from beginning to proficient. Check the Coaches tab for more information.


The Centre offers classes for parents, players and interested people who want to learn to umpire or simply learn the rules. Check the Umpires Tab.

Representative Teams

Clubs will nominate and/or players can be selected to trial in Year 7 / 8 / 9, U15 /17 /19 teams. Teams play in  tournaments May – July. 

Other programmes

HPNC offers further programmes to encourage a love of netball. These include specialist coaching sessions for players wishing to learn more, school holiday programmes, our Academy for representative and talent identified players.

Please refer to our web site for information about our Centre (coaching, umpiring included) and affiliated Clubs Click here