It’s bigger than the State of Origin, the RWC Final and even a Taniwharau and Turangawaewae league game - that’s right - Tainui Games 2020 is back, bigger and better than ever!  

Whaingaroa Games: Sat 15 - Sun 16 February 2020

Turangawaewae Marae Games: Sun 16 February 2020

Hopuhopu Main Games: Sat 22 – Sun 23 February 2020

Registrations are now open for all sports teams, from every Te Whakakitenga o Waikato Marae, who would like to participate in the upcoming Tainui Games 2020 MAURIA TE AROHA – SPREAD THE LOVE.

To register your team or individual for the various sporting activities, you must contact your Marae sport coordinator, if you do not know who this person is, contact your Marae Chairperson or Secretary. 

Places are filling fast, so if you haven't already, make sure to confirm your team with your Marae Games coordinator ASAP, and get that information through to our sports coordinator.

Key Contacts and Information

Read through the Rules and Information material thoroughly, and if you have further SPORT related queries, please contact the Tainui Games 2020 sports coordinator Joeanne Hill-Moana or 027 582 8711.

To find out if your Marae or Team is eligible toplease contact Pania Paekau on or 0800TAINUI. 

For general Tainui Games related inquiries please contact Event Manager, Hinga Whiu on or 0800TAINUI.

For commercial stall holding inquiries please contact Tangiora Raumati on or 0800TAINUI.

For exhibitor inquiries in our Exhibition Centre please contact Justeena Leaf on

We are also offering 25% off all Waikato-Tainui clothing, take a look here

This is a backup option for you to keep in mind as we know it can get busy to do specialised uniform orders at that time of the year. We can’t guarantee we will have all the sizes you need, but the earlier you request your order, the better the chances.

For any whaanau wanting banners, corflutes or paper products for the march and marae set up, you will receive a special rate by stating the following:

  • Marae Name
  • For use at Tainui Games 2020

Please contact Jo at Print House on

If you have further questions please contact our Communications Manager, Amomai Pihama on or 0800 TAINUI.



We will have hydration stations set up for to fill your bottles, bring your own bottles or purchase one of our new water sacks and bottles from Te Hiwa. Please note, there will be NO single use plastics of any kind on sale at The Games, this includes water bottles.


We will have Para Kore kaimahi on site throughout The Games. They will be assisting us in keeping our grounds mauri ora throughout.

You can also do your bit, make sure you put the right para in the right bin 

He aha teenei kaupapa a Para Kore? What is Para Kore?

Para Kore means Zero Waste. Humans are the only species on the planet that don't live by zero waste principles. The natural world does not create waste. Everything at the end of its life, whether it's a plant or animal, becomes part of another system.

Zero Waste is a call to action that aims to end the current take, make, and dispose mentality of human society.


We will be launching the new funky and functional clothing line ‘Kia Tupu, Kia Hua, Kia Puawai’ at the Hopuhopu Tainui Games 2020. Come and visit us at Te Hiwa (the Waikato-Tainui caravan) during the games to get your new steeze, and online from then on through our shopify site online at

Here’s a taste of what we’ve got coming...

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We’ve got an awesome line up of kaiwaiata and entertainers taking the Main Stage during the Hopuhopu weekend of Tainui Games. Headline acts include the acoustic melodies of the Harmonic Resonators, the soulful harmonies of Toorea hit group Te Kakano, Reggae greats Three Houses Down and much more.  Check out the full programme here (


This year we have a full backing band ready to tautoko you burst out in song and bust out your moves in the Tainui Games 2020  Best Song Comp!

There’s some neat prizes up for grabs in the following categories:

  • Best vocal (individual, duo or trio)
  • Best entertainment (individual, duo or trio)
  • Cutest kaiwaiata

To register, email us here ( and tell us your song choice, and how many singers will be up on stage. No muck arounds whaanau, only register if you know you can make it on the day!

Entertainment Programme