| World Bowls 08 | Asia Pacific 07 | Champion of Champions 06 | Champion of Champions 05 |
Latest News

T

"It’s All Happening” – World Bowls
“It’s all happening,” were the words of the World Bowls Championships, Ken Wilson-Pyne, as he up-dated the build-up to the start of World Bowls in Christchurch in January.

The New Zealand bowling season is now in full swing and the Black Jacks, as the New Zealand men’s and women’s teams are now known, have already played their first lead-up test against a strong South African line-up.

As both teams found out, the local greens are in superb shape for so early in the season, because of kindly winter conditions and a mild Spring. The four test series was played on four different greens – three of which will host World Bowls and all players were full of praise for the condition of the surfaces.

“Grandstands are starting to be erected at Bowls Papanui and Fendalton and we will start erecting the grandstands at Burnside, which will host the finals, at the start of November,” Wilson-Pyne said.

With the teams already announced by the competing countries, Wilson-Pyne said the talent of the overseas and New Zealand teams are of the highest quality.

This was shown by the exceptional play by the Black Jacks and the likes of Colleen Webb, Lorna Trigwell and Gerry Baker from South Africa. New Zealand enjoyed a clean sweep of the men’s four tests, while the female Black Jacks dropped only one test against the world-class visitors, showing they are in good early season form. The South Africans, of course, gained valuable playing experience in New Zealand conditions and improved as each day progressed.

New Zealand will play Malaysia in a five test series, starting on October 29, and the Australians will contest the Trans-Tasman series in mid-December, all games being played on the World Bowls greens.

Make Your Bookings
Because January is a busy month for tourism in New Zealand, Mr Wilson-Pyne is urging all visitors for the World Bowls to make their accommodation bookings as early as possible. He said tickets are being sold to New Zealand and overseas fans and is expecting big crowds to attend

“If visitors haven’t yet made their bookings for tickets and accommodation, they should do so as soon as possible,” he urged.

Ticket sales have been steady, especially from overseas visitors since they became available, he said, urging New Zealand groups and individuals to make bookings as soon as possible to ensure entry. Bowls New Zealand has kept ticket prices at an affordable level to allow all bowls enthusiasts the chance to see the top international action world bowls has to offer.

“The most popular ticket at present is the season ticket which covers all 16 days of the tournament,” Wilson-Pyne said this week. “The cost is a very reasonable $100.00 for 16 days of international bowls with over 1,000 games to choose from eight world championship finals and the Opening and Closing Ceremonies.”

Ticket information is as follows
Season (including all finals) NZ $100.00
First half (12-19 January 2008 inclusive) NZ $60.00
Second half (20-27 January 2008 inclusive) NZ $60.00

Daily entry (Section play days) NZ $10.00 per person per day
Daily entry (Finals' days) NZ $20.00 per person per day
Booking, service and postage fee NZ $5.00 per ticket

All prices include the Government Goods and Services Tax.

Tickets have been available from Bowls Events NZ, PO Box 31-002. Ilam, Christchurch, New Zealand since July and online bookings has just become available through the Bowls NZ and World Bowls websites. New Zealand has experienced difficulty with the internet recently. If you have ordered tickets during the period 16 - 22 August then please re-order to kenwp@bowlsevents.co.nz

E-mailing info@worldbowls2008.com. Phone (03) 357 49 39. Fax (03) 357 4938

For more information on inclusive packages, accommodation and day tours, visit Southern World at
www.southern-world.com/worldbowls2008 or email bowls@southern-world.com

More Than World Bowls in Christchurch
F
or all bowlers and supporters attending World Bowls, there’s plenty to do in Christchurch in January, away from the greens.

For music lovers, one of the biggest international groups in rock music, Bon Jovi, is giving a one-off concert in Christchurch on January 27 at the city’s main sports arena, AMI Stadium. Arriving from concerts in Japan and Australia, the band will head immediately after the South Island show to play at half-time show of the American Football Super Bowl early February.

For racing fans, the main harness track in Christchurch, Addington, will be hosting a special bowlers meeting on January 25. Addington is the home of the New Zealand Cup meeting – the biggest trotting event in New Zealand - and most of the country’s top horses will be on display.

Christchurch is a city full of action and entertainment and an annual feature is the World Busker’s Festival – a week of fabulous acts which attracts the world’s best street entertainers and cabaret artists. There’s something for every taste during this fabulous week, which coincides with World Bowls – what better timing could you ask for !

 

 28 September 2007

 


Marina Called Up

Experienced campaigner Marina Khan has received an eleventh hour call up into the Black Jacks and will take her place alongside sister Jan at the World Bowling Championships in Christchurch in January. An unlucky omission in the original team, Khan comes in to replace Wendy Jensen, who has withdrawn for personal reasons.

For Khan, it’s a huge relief to be recalled, as she has spent seven years building up for the world championships. “That’s why it was so disappointing to miss out on the original selection but I’m just glad to be in the team,” she said.

Khan will join the rest of the team when they meet in Christchurch on October 5, prior to the South African test the following week. She has been playing indoors in her home province of Waikato during the winter and feels she will go into the test series against South Africa, Malaysia and Australia during the next two months, with the same preparation as her team-mates.

“I phoned my dad as soon as I heard and he was so excited,” Marina, the daughter of one of New Zealand’s most famous players, the late Millie, said.

Coach Dave Edwards said that, while it was a travesty for Jensen, he was very happy to be able to call up a reserve with such a wealth of international experience. Marina Khan won a pairs bronze medal with sister Jan at the Melbourne Commonwealth Games and won bronze in the triples and gold in the fours at this year’s Asia-Pacific Games, again with Jan skipping both.

Marina then played in the three-test series against Ireland in March, being unbeaten in the triples and fours. She will lead in the triples and fours at the World Championships

 10 September 2007

 



124 days to go.
Welcome to our 5th newsletter.

Just a reminder to visit our website for all your accommodation and sightseeing requirements -
click here for link to our website.January is a busy time in New Zealand, demand on accommodation will be high. To avoid disappointment please do not hesitate to contact us for your accommodation and touring requirements. Tickets and all transfers are all included with our accommodation packages, please contact us if you have any questions or wish to make a booking - bowls@southern-world.com

Featured sightseeing tour -

Arthur's Pass/ Tranz Alpine Day Tours
Booking Code: CHC-18

We invite you to join us on a tour of discovery, featuring spectacular scenery. From Christchurch travel by road to Springfield at the foothills of the Southern Alps. At Springfield, board the world famous TranzAlpine train to travel through the Southern Alps to Arthurs Pass viewing the alpine scenery through panoramic windows. The TranzAlpine is renowned as one of the top ten train journeys in the world. From Arthurs Pass we tour by road over the snow-capped Southern Alps in the Arthurs Pass National Park and on to the Otira Gorge making a photo stop. Visit the old village of Otira before returning to Arthurs Pass for lunch at the Chalet Restaurant. After lunch explore the village and some of the many walks. The return journey to Christchurch is by road stopping for an exhilarating jet boat ride through the spectacular gorges of the Waimakariri River. Following the jet boating, a visit will be made to a farm for late afternoon tea, followed by a sheep shearing and sheep mustering demonstration.

Itinerary
Travel by road through the rural pastoral scenes of the Canterbury Plains
At Springfield, board the TranzAlpine train to travel through the Southern Alps to Arthurs Pass
Continue your tour by road into the snow-capped Southern Alps, the breathtaking beauty of the Otira Gorge and the magnificent photo opportunities at viaduct lookout and Otira
Lunch at the Chalet Restaurant Arthurs Pass (optional)
Following lunch there will be time to explore the picturesque village of Arthurs Pass and one of the many bush walks
The return journey to Christchurch is by road through Arthurs Pass National Park and the high alpine passes
Enjoy an exhilarating jetboat ride through the spectacular gorges of the Waimakariri River (optional)
Sheep farm visit with late afternoon tea, sheep shearing and sheep mustering demonstration

* Cost NZD325.00 per person BOOK THIS TOUR BEFORE 30 OCT AND RECEIVE A 10% DISCOUNT (NZD292.50 per person if booked before 30 Oct)
* Includes train, lunch, jetboat and farm tour.
* Duration, depart 7.30am, returns 5.30pm
* Please contact Southern World New Zealand for further information or to book.

World Bowls Countries Confirmed
All countries have been confirmed for the World Bowls Championships in Christchurch in January, event manager Ken Wilson-Pine has said.

The only change from the original entries was the withdrawal of the Zimbabwe women’s side, which has been replaced by another nation from the African continent, Namibia, he said.

Ticket sales
Ticket sales have been steady, especially from overseas visitors since they became available, he said, urging New Zealand groups and individuals to make bookings as soon as possible to ensure entry. Bowls New Zealand has kept ticket prices at a level to allow all bowls enthusiasts the chance to see the top international action world bowls has to offer.

Ticket information is as follows:-

Season (including all finals)
NZ $100.00

First half (12-19 January 2008 inclusive)
NZ $60.00

Second half (20-27 January 2008 inclusive)
NZ $60.00

Daily entry (Section play days)
NZ $10.00 per person per day

Daily entry (Finals' days)
NZ $20.00 per person per day

Booking, service and postage fee
NZ $5.00 per ticket

All prices include the Government Goods and Services Tax.

Tickets have been available from Bowls Events NZ, PO Box 31-002. Ilam, Christchurch, New Zealand since July and more information is available through the World Bowls 2008 website (www.worldbowls2008.com) .

New Zealand has experienced difficulty with the internet recently. If you have ordered tickets during the period 16 - 22 August then please re-order to kenwp@bowlsevents.co.nz

E-mail info@worldbowls2008.com. Phone (03) 357 49 39. Fax (03) 357 4938



Star Irish Men's World Bowls 2008 Team
Ireland has named a star-ladened men's team to compete in the World Bowls Championships in Christchurch in January, with all five members having won gold medals at either World Championships or Commonwealth Games.
The Irish men's team is rich with talent and experience, with four of the team Martin McHugh, Jonathon Ross, Jeremy Henry and Neil Booth - having been in Christchurch for the test series against New Zealand in March/April.
Add World fours gold medalist Jim Baker, and it's easy to see why Ireland will be one of the favoured men's teams at the championships.
Men
Singles: Martin McHugh.
Pairs:    Jim Baker (lead), McHugh (skip).
Triples:  Jonathon Ross (lead), Jeremy Henry, Neil Booth (skip).
Fours:   Ross (lead), Baker, Henry, Booth (skip).

Booth, Baker and Ross were members of the winning four at the last World Championships in Scotland, McHugh tops his impressive list of achievements with a Commonwealth Games gold medal and Henry was the 2000 World singles champion when the championships were held in South Africa.


   
NZ Team for World Bowls Championships

The New Zealand bowls selectors have “focused on results” in naming their men’s and women’s teams to compete in the World Bowls Championships in Christchurch in January.

Naming the team earlier than originally planned to allow for the teams to prepare extensively in the coming months, national coach Dave Edwards said yesterday that “we’ve nailed it.”

The teams were chosen after the most extensive international programme ever faced by New Zealand bowlers, with the selectors having used a rotational policy to study all likely candidates in tests this year against Canada, Australia, Ireland and Scotland, as well as hosting the Asia Pacific Championships. In all, 18 players were used, from which two teams of five bowlers have been selected.  The teams are -

Men
Singles: Ali Forsyth (Nelson)
Pairs:    Russell Meyer (Sydney), lead, Gary Lawson (Canterbury), skip.
Triples:  Andrew Todd (Sydney), lead, Forsyth, Richard Girvan (Sydney), skip.
Fours:  Todd, lead, Girvan, Meyer, Lawson, skip.

Women

Singles: Val Smith (Nelson).
Pairs:    Smith, lead, Jo Edwards (Canterbury), skip.
Triples:  Wendy Jensen (Auckland), lead, Jan Khan (Canterbury), Sharon Sims (Palmerston North), skip.
Fours:   Jensen, lead, Khan, Sims, Edwards, skip.

“All these players have agreed to spend extensive periods in Christchurch between now and the championships, so that we can prepare together,” Edwards said. “With the preparation that we will be putting in place, these players are going to produce medals.”

“An important part of the pre-World championships preparations will be tests against South Africa (early October), Malaysia (October/November) and Australia in the Trans-Tasman series in mid-December,” Edwards said. This will give us a superb build-up with the Trans-Tasman series being an ideal dress rehearsal before the championships begin in January.”

There will strong support from within the bowls community for the inclusion of experienced campaigners, Meyer and Lawson in the men’s team, and Jensen in the women’s combination, who were all brought into reckoning late in the rotational tests. Jensen and Meyer only played in the test against Scotland although Jensen later played in Australia in the World Teams Cup, adding to her claims for selection with good showings as the women secured a silver medal at Tweed Heads.


July Bowls Newsletter

187 days to go.

Welcome to our 4th newsletter.

Remember to visit our website for all your accommodation and sightseeing requirements - click here for link to our website.

January is a busy time in New Zealand, demand on accommodation will be high. To avoid disappointment please do not hesitate to contact us for your accommodation and touring requirements.

Tickets and all transfers are all included with our accommodation packages, please contact us if you have any questions or wish to make a booking - bowls@southern-world.com

Featured sightseeing tour.
Arthurs Pass/ Tranz Alpine Day Tour
Booking Code: CHC-18
We invite you to join us on a tour of discovery, featuring spectacular scenery. From Christchurch travel by road to Springfield at the foothills of the Southern Alps. At Springfield, board the world famous TranzAlpine train to travel through the Southern Alps to Arthurs Pass viewing the alpine scenery through panoramic windows. The TranzAlpine is renowned as one of the top ten train journeys in the world. From Arthurs Pass we tour by road over the snow-capped Southern Alps in the Arthurs Pass National Park and on to the Otira Gorge making a photo stop. Visit the old village of Otira before returning to Arthurs Pass for lunch at the Chalet Restaurant. After lunch explore the village and some of the many walks. The return journey to Christchurch is by road stopping for an exhilarating jet boat ride through the spectacular gorges of the Waimakariri River. Following the jet boating, a visit will be made to a farm for late afternoon tea, followed by a sheep shearing and sheep mustering demonstration.
* Cost NZD325.00 per person (including Tranzalpine train, lunch, jetboat and farm visit).
* Duration, depart 7.30am, returns 5.30pm
* Please contact Southern World New Zealand for further information or to book.

Please click here for the link to our website and other sightseeing options

Featured accommodation.
Chateau on the Park
189 Deans Ave
3.5 star
3 minutes drive from city (10 minute walk through Hagley Park), 10 minutes drive from airport
Christchurch's only resort style hotel set in 5 acres of beautifully landscaped gardens with 193 guest rooms offering quality hotel accommodation. This central Christchurch hotel is located between Hagley Park and the beautiful historic home and gardens of Mona Vale and is just a short stroll though the park to Christchurch city centre. A complimentary shuttle is provided to the city centre, railway station and nearby shopping centres. The hotel's Deluxe twin Rooms with 2 double beds are decorated in garden colours of rust, tan and blues. The bathrooms are large and feature a full-size bath/shower.

Costs –
18 nights
Share twin NZD2424.00
Single NZD4069.00

10 nights
Share twin NZD1400.00
Single NZD2314.00

7 nights
Share twin NZD984.00
Single NZD1623.00

All costs are per person (room only basis) and include GST (New Zealand Goods and Service tax)

If you require any further information please contact us - bowls@southern-world.com.

Please click here for the link to our website and other accommodation options

Coach Confident The Best Have Been Chosen
“I think we’ve nailed it.” These were the positive words of national coach and men’s selector Dave Edwards, expressing that he’s sure the respective selection panels had picked the top five men and women to represent New Zealand at the World Bowls Championships in Christchurch in January.

The selectors “focused on results” in naming their men’s and women’s teams, Edwards said on announcing the sides earlier than originally planned to allow for the teams to prepare extensively in the coming months.

The teams were chosen after the most extensive international programme ever faced by New Zealand bowlers, with the selectors having used a rotational policy to study all likely candidates in tests this year against Canada, Australia, Ireland and Scotland, as well as hosting the Asia Pacific Championships. In all, 18 players were used, from which two teams of five bowlers have been selected.

The teams are:
Men
Singles: Ali Forsyth (Nelson)
Pairs: Russell Meyer (Sydney), lead, Gary Lawson (Canterbury), skip.
Triples: Andrew Todd (Sydney), lead, Forsyth, Richard Girvan (Sydney), skip.
Fours: Todd, lead, Girvan,Meyer, Lawson, skip.

Women
Singles: Val Smith (Nelson).
Pairs: Smith, lead, Jo Edwards (Canterbury), skip.
Triples: Wendy Jensen (Auckland), lead, Jan Khan (Canterbury), Sharon Sims (Palmerston North), skip.
Fours: Jensen, lead, Khan, Sims, Edwards, skip.

“All these players have agreed to spend extensive periods in Christchurch between now and the championships, so that we can prepare together,” Edwards said. “With the preparation that we will be putting in place, these players are going to produce medals.”

“An important part of the pre-World championships preparations will be tests against South Africa (early October), Malaysia (October/November) and Australia in the Trans-Tasman series in mid-December,” Edwards said. “This will give us a superb build-up with the Trans-Tasman series being an ideal dress rehearsal before the championships begin in January.”

There will be strong support from within the bowls community for the inclusion of experienced campaigners, Meyer and Lawson in the men’s team, and Jensen in the women’s combination, who were all brought into reckoning late in the rotational tests. Jensen and Meyer only played in the test against Scotland although Jensen later played in Australia in the World Teams Cup, adding to her claims for selection with good showings as the women secured a silver medal at Tweed Heads.

Things to know about travelling to New Zealand
A Few Facts:

Population: Around 4 million people live in our country, which is roughly the size of California, Britain or Japan.

Time Zone: New Zealand is 12 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time. Daylight Saving Time (an advance of 1 hour per day) is observed from early October to late March.

Electricity: 220 - 240 volts AC is the standard. Outlets for 110 volts for electric razors are usually supplied in hotels.

Tipping: New Zealanders do not depend on tips or gratuities for their income, and tips are not expected for normal service. However, tipping in appreciation of extra-special service is at the discretion of the visitor.

Goods and Services Tax: A government tax (currently 12.5%) is applied to all goods and services supplied in New Zealand.

BANKING: Banks are open from 9.30am to 4.30pm Monday to Friday. Automated Teller Machines (ATM) are widely available at banks, along main shopping streets and in malls. International credit cards and ATM cards will work as long as they have a four-digit PIN encoded. Check with your bank before leaving home.

CURRENCY: New Zealand's unit of currency is the New Zealand dollar (NZ$), comprising coins with values of 10, 20 and 50 cents and $1 & $2, and notes with values of $5, $10, $20, $50 and $100. There is no restriction on the amount of foreign currency that can be brought in or taken out of New Zealand. However, every person who carries more than NZ$10,000 in cash in or out of New Zealand is required to complete a Border Cash Report. Foreign currency can easily be exchanged at banks, some hotels and Bureau de Change kiosks, which are found at international airports and most city centers. All major credit cards can be used in New Zealand. Travellers' Cheques are accepted at hotels, banks and some stores.

AGRICULTURE RESTRICTIONS AND QUARANTINE: New Zealand's agricultural industries are free of many insect pests and plant and animal diseases common elsewhere in the world. We put a lot of effort at ports and airports into minimising the risk of these being introduced. When you depart for New Zealand you should leave prohibited items behind. Visit the MAF Quarantine website: http://www.quarantine.co.nz/quarantine/travellers/quarantine.html. Details of restricted items can be found at http://www.quarantine.co.nz/quarantine/travellers/faq.html

CUSTOMS: Comprehensive advice re New Zealand Customs is available at: http://www.customs.govt.nz/TRAVHOME/Advice1.htm

DEPARTURE TAX: NZ$25 has to be paid at the airport when you leave New Zealand. Please note that this tax is not included in your ticket price. A special airport levy fee of NZ$5.00 is to be paid by all passengers departing Rotorua Airport. (These fees are subject to change at any time).

HEALTH AND MEDICAL INSURANCE: New Zealand is a country without snakes or dangerous wild animals, making it safe for visitors to enjoy outdoor activities. New Zealand's public and private medical/hospital facilities provide a high standard of treatment and service but it is important to note these services are not free, except as a result of an accident. We strongly advise you to arrange your own health insurance. Visitors bringing in a quantity of medication are advised to have a doctor's certificate to avoid possible problems with Customs. Doctor's prescriptions are needed to obtain certain drugs in New Zealand.

PASSPORTS: All visitors to New Zealand must carry a passport that is valid for at least 3 months beyond the date you intend to leave the country.

VISA WAIVERS: Currently travelers from more than 50 countries do not require a Visitor's Visa for stays less than 3 months. You do require a passport with 3 months validity, an onward or return airline ticket and sufficient money to support yourself during your stay – a minimum of NZD$1000.00 per month. To find out if your country qualifies for a visa waiver, check out: http://www.immigration.govt.nz/visit/ or contact the nearest New Zealand Embassy.

WEATHER: Christchurch has warm summers, maximum temperatures in summer are typically in the 27o-33o celsius (80.6-91.4 fahrenheit) range. The average temperature for January is 17o celsius (62.6 fahrenheit) During the month of January the sun rises at approx 6am and sets at approx 9pm.





Accommodation

Many teams have secured their accommodation either through Southern World New Zealand or by making their own arrangements. There are however a number of teams that have neither contacted Southern World nor, to our knowledge, made any accommodation bookings. Please be aware that as January is New Zealand’s annual holiday month accommodation can be tight at this time of the year unless bookings are made early. This is especially so in the earlier part of the tournament. Southern World staff will do their best to find you accommodation if you tell them your requirements and limitations.

Contact John Coutts –  jcoutts@southern-world.com

Golf at Russley Golf Club

Russley Golf Club, one of Christchurch’s premier championship golf courses has put together a package for players and supporters including hire of clubs, trundler and green fees. Any interested players or supporters can take advantage of this offer by producing tournament ID obtainable from the Tournament Office.
 
Host Clubs

Several Christchurch and nearby country bowling clubs have offered to act as host clubs to visiting teams during the tournament. The host club would offer practice facilities to their guest team, be a base during the tournament, would offer some Kiwi hospitality, and provide a liaison person(s) to assist with questions about Christchurch and just give assistance if and when required.

Some countries have arranged their host clubs already. Rather than just pairing up all other teams with a host club we need to know whether or not your team wishes to have a host club. I would be grateful if you could reply to me at kenwp@bowlsevents.co.nz  so that we can allocate a host club to those teams that wish to participate. If I do not hear from you by August 1st I will assume that you wish to remain independent.

New Zealand National Championships 2007/2008

Christchurch will also host the New Zealand National Championships from 28th December 2007 to 9th January 2008. This is a major sporting event in the New Zealand sporting calendar usually attracting close to 2,000 players in men’s and women’s singles, pairs and fours. The Championships are open to all affiliated players. Information and an entry form can be found on Bowls New Zealand’s website www.bowlsnz.co.nz

Sections, Venues, Greens, Rinks and Draw

Sections for each discipline have been on the website for some time. Click here to view the draw.

Those who regularly check the website would have seen the grids which allocate each section to their section play venues and greens. These grids will allow managers, coaches and players to plot their daily movements and transport requirements. Each section is colour coded to make navigation of the page easier.

The next step is to place the actual draw on the site and this will happen very soon. A click on any box in the grid will bring up the draw, rinks to play on and results schedule for that particular section. Keep in touch with the website!

All post-section play will be at Burnside, the headquarters club.

Team Clothing

There have been some queries about playing uniforms. We will not be providing playing gear for teams. The expectation is that countries will play in their national colours.

There cannot be any branding on team clothing which conflicts with the tournament's major sponsors/funders. These sponsors/funders are - Henselite, Dorchester Finance, Tourism New Zealand, New Zealand Community Trust (gaming machine revenue distributor), Christchurch City Council and New Zealand Breweries.

For further explanation of these sponsors products/services please refer to the Sponsors’ page. Click on the appropriate logos for further information. All sponsors are represented with the exception of NZ Breweries which produces wines, beers, spirits, mixersand some soft drinks.

Tickets

Tickets for family, supporters and spectators will be soon available from the Bowls Events office or from Bowls New Zealand www.bowlsnz.co.nz  Prices and details of how they can be purchased are also on the website. Click on here to view ticketing information.

Questions?

If you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact me at

kenwp@bowlsevents.co.nzor fax +64 3 357 4938 or mail PO Box 31-002, Ilam, Christchurch, New Zealand.

At present we are enjoying a cold but quite sunny winter – in single figure degrees. The greens look great and the ski season is gearing up. We are looking forward to summer and a wonderful World Bowls 2008.

Kind regards
Ken Wilson-Pyne
General Manager
Bowls Events New Zealand Ltd.
 

With now less than 8 months before the opening ceremony for the 2008 World Bowls Championships in Christchurch, New Zealand, the countdown is on to "The pinnacle of bowls....the trip of a life time".

Accommodation packages are available now on our web site - click here

Remember our packages include tickets to matches played during your stay and return transfers from your accommodation to the bowling clubs as well as airport arrival and departure transfers.

Book a accommodation package from our web site and pay deposit before 30 June 2007 to receive a complimentary half day Christchurch sightseeing tour

Following the 2008 World Bowls Championships why not join one of our exclusive departure tours departing Christchurch 28 January 2008. We have a 10 days South Island only tour and a 15 day North and South Island tour. These tours will be escorted by local bowlers and will visit a number of bowling clubs around New Zealand. These tours are open to individuals and also groups/clubs. Contact us for further information. For itinerary details click here

Featured sightseeing tours. While in Christchurch we suggest you take the opportunity to enjoy one of our half or full day sightseeing tours such as -

The Lord Of The Rings Edoras Tour -
Booking Code: CHC-26
Depart Christchurch and journey to the remote and beautiful Mt Potts high country station, home of Mt Sunday; see how this peaceful mountain was transformed into Edoras, the capital city of the Rohan people in the Lord of the Rings trilogy. Immerse yourself in the natural, unspoilt beauty of this breathtaking area with it's sparkling clear lakes, glistening blue rivers and fresh, crisp mountain air.
This amazing day includes 4WD access onto Mt Sunday/Edoras itself, a delicious champagne picnic lunch, full running commentary from our friendly and knowledgeable kiwi tour guides and spectacular scenery you will never forget.
You don't have to be a Lord of the Rings fan to enjoy this amazing day out!
* Cost NZD215.00 per person.
* Duration, depart 9.00am, returns 5.30pm
* Please contact Southern World New Zealand for further information or to book.

Tamaki Heritage Village - A World First Encounter. Tamaki Heritage Experiences Old Christchurch Town & Maori Pa. An exciting new concept for the interactive visitor to New Zealand. Now, for the first time ever, the opportunity for visitors to discover for themselves the very essence of New Zealand’s culture and heritage. By simply following in the footsteps of our ancestors enables the intrepid traveler a pilgrimage of our living stories that unite people and land into a remarkable love affair. Old Christchurch Town and Maori Pa. A night experience of two cultures meeting and fusing into one, where visitors see the struggles of two cultures coming to terms with each other and paving a way forward for generations to live together.

Experience a slice of New Zealand with a reality difference. The only place in New Zealand where you play in a part of our history in over 20 acres of open-air theatre involving two villages and a cast of many.

Upon arrival at the Pa site we are greeted in the traditional manner as if we were long lost relations. Join the decedents of those who forged our history in blood, sweat and tears. Journey back in time to the early 1800's where the traditions of ancient Maori values clashed with those of early pioneering settlers and colonialism. This re-enactment is a first for New Zealand. From the lagoon crossing, pre European Maori Village, tribal conflict and warfare, colonial Village interaction, old era tram ride through time. A living history of how two cultures come to terms with one another. At the conclusion of the evening's experience join us in the dining hall to a combination banquet of traditional Hangi (food cooked on hot rocks in earthen oven) and early settlers feast.
* Cost NZD135.00 per person (includes return transfers ex your accommodation)
* Duration approx 5.30pm to 10.30 pm
* Please contact Southern World New Zealand for further information or to book.

Aussies Set The Bench Mark
By Ken Nicholson

Australia looms as the biggest threat to New Zealand being a successful host at January’s World Bowls Championships in Christchurch, according to Kiwi coach, Dave Edwards.

Edwards said Australia had “set the benchmark” during his team’s extensive build-up towards the World Championships, during which the Kiwis competed successfully in the Asia-Pacific Games and then faced a string of test series against Canada, Australia, Ireland and Scotland.

New Zealand had little trouble in disposing of Scotland – the reigning World team’s gold medalists, a very strong Irish team and Canada but got whitewashed in both the men’s and women’s tests by the irrepressible Okkers in the annual Trans-Tasman series in March.

“The Australians were the form team we faced – they definitely set the benchmark for the coming World Champs,” Edwards said.

“They have come on in leaps and bounds since they set up their High Performance programme. They were very impressive in the Trans-Tasman and obviously have great depth,” he said.

In fact, the 2007 Australians were superb in Christchurch and totally embarrassed a very good New Zealand team which couldn’t overcome the first day onslaught in the three test series. And this was an Australian men’s line-up without multi-medal winner Kelvin Kerkow, who had withdrawn from World Championship contention before the Trans-Tasman team had been picked, and world rated Mark Casey.

“When you consider how strong the Australians were,” Edwards said, the others (Canada, Scotland and Ireland and probably the other UK countries) have certainly fallen behind the eight ball.”

Edwards said that Australia had followed the example of New Zealand’s trend-setting High Performance unit and, with more substantial funding than the Kiwis, had far exceeded the standards set by Ireland and Scotland, who followed them to Christchurch. This is high praise, for the Irish team contained three of the four players who won the fours gold at the last World Games and Scotland also contained several players of international repute.

In Christchurch, Nathan Rice was outstanding and he showed that he will be a major force, where-ever he plays in the Australian World’s team. As well, the youngster, Aron Sherriff, who has since been called into the senior line-up, showed what an exciting talent he is in the men’s development test. The women’s team headed by the best female player in the world at the moment, Karen Murphy, was equally impressive.

As host and playing on their own greens, New Zealand hopes to be a major contender in the men’s and women’s teams’ medal hunt but, on the form shown by the Green and Golds, the traditional ANZAC foe will always be the team to beat.


 


The World Bowls Championships 2008 will be held in Christchurch, New Zealand, in January 2008.
 
DATES
Practice Wednesday 9 January – Friday 11 January 2008
 
A timetable will be prepared to allow each side practice time at each venue club.
 
Competition Saturday 12 January – Sunday 27 January 2008
 
PLAYING TIMETABLE
12 January – Saturday Opening & Rounds 1 and 2
13 January - Sunday Rounds 3, 4 & 5
14 January - Monday Rounds 6 & 7
15 January - Tuesday Rounds 8 & 9
16 January - Wednesday Rounds 10 & 11
17 January – Thursday Quarter-Finals and Semi-Finals
18 January - Friday Final am, Final pm
19 January - Saturday Final am, Final pm
Men’s Pairs and Triples – Women’s Singles and Fours
_________________________________________________________
 
20 January - Sunday Rounds 1, 2 & 3
21 January - Monday Rounds 4 & 5
22 January - Tuesday Rounds 6 & 7
23 January - Wednesday Rounds 8 & 9
24 January - Thursday Rounds 10 & 11
25 January - Friday Quarter-Finals and Semi-Finals
26 January - Saturday Final am, Final pm
27 January - Sunday Final am, Final pm & Closing
Men’s Singles and Fours – Women’s Pairs and Triples
_________________________________________________________
FORMAT OF PLAY
  • Singles – 21 shots up
  • Pairs – 18 completed ends, fours bowls each player, played alternately
  • Triples – 18 completed ends, three bowls each player, played alternately
  • Fours – 18 completed ends, two bowls each player, played alternately
  • There will be a 3½ hour time limit on all section matches
  • A Side will consist of five players, a manager and/or a coach
  • Each discipline will be played in sections with Quarter-Finals, Semi- Finals and a Final.
  • First half: Men’s Pairs and Triples, Women’s Singles and Fours
  • Second half: Men’s Singles and Fours, Women’s Pairs and Triples
  • The Conditions of Play can be found by clicking here .
SIDE MEMBERS’ NAMES AND PROFILES
Side members’ and team officials’ names and profiles must be sent to Bowls Events New Zealand Ltd., attention Ken Wilson-Pyne, by 30 September 2007. A player/official profile sheet will be sent to each country for this purpose later. Please do not ask for extensions of time.
QUALIFIERS AND PLAYING SECTIONS
All qualifiers are now known. Sections for each discipline can be viewed by clicking here.

VENUES

Burnside Bowling Club – 330 Avonhead Road, Avonhead, Christchurch will be the Headquarters and the venue for some section play and all post section play as well as the Opening and Closing Ceremonies. Burnside has a three green complex.
 
Fendalton Bowling Club – Makora Street, Fendalton, Christchurch will be the venue for some of the section play. Fendalton has a two green complex in Fendalton Park.
 
Bowls Canterbury Dorchester Green – Makora Street, Fendalton, Christchurch will be the venue for some of the section play. The Dorchester Green in the past belonged to the Fendalton Bowling Club and is also in Fendalton Park.
 
Bowls Papanui – 181 Condell Avenue, Papanui, Christchurch will be the venue for some of the section play. Bowls Papanui has a two green complex in Edgar McIntosh Park.
OFFICIAL ACCOMMODATION OPTIONS FOR TEAMS
With a large number of local and overseas visitors expected in Christchurch for the World Bowls Championships there will be a high demand for accommodation.
Southern World New Zealand has pre-booked accommodation at a variety of properties in Christchurch.
 
Sides can be accommodated at the University of Canterbury Halls of Residence e.g. College House, hotels or motels.
 
College House for example is set in park-like grounds with extensive lawns and trees and provides single room accommodation for team members along with breakfast – evening meals can also be provided. College House is the perfect team environment with meeting rooms, television rooms (with DVD, videos and SKY), a full size billiard table, a games room and laundry with washing machines, dryers and irons. The Hall has plenty of off street parking and is equidistant to the three venue clubs. The other Halls are of similar standard. Flats and other options are also available within the Halls.
 
A variety of hotel accommodation is available from budget to 4 star International hotels.
Most hotel accommodation is based around the central city allowing access to a large number of restaurants and bars, the Christchurch Casino and other entertainment.
Motels are all fully self contained and include cooking facilities (even kitchenettes or full kitchens) allowing side members to prepare their own meals. On request breakfast can also be provided. Units are available that can sleep up to 4 or more people (depending on bedding configuration).
 
For further information on side accommodation, any accommodation inquiries, costs and bookings please contact John Coutts at Southern World New Zealand. Tell John what you require – number of people, type of accommodation, specific requirements etc. etc. and SWNZ can organise all your accommodation wants and needs.
 
Official Accommodation is to be booked by, and paid for by national authorities directly with Southern World New Zealand – Bowls Events New Zealand’s accommodation and transport agent for the World Bowls Championships 2008.
 
John Coutts
PO Box 14030
Christchurch Airport
Fax +64 3 358 6899
HEADQUARTERS HOTEL FOR OFFICIALS NOT PART OF SIDES
  • The Official HQ Hotel for World Bowls officials and officials from participating countries who are not part of sides will be:
Copthorne Hotel Commodore
Christchurch Airport,
449 Memorial Avenue,
Christchurch.
  • Bookings for this hotel are being handled through the official travel agent for the event, Southern World New Zealand whose contact details are listed above.
  • If your country’s President or CEO/Secretary/Executive Officer is attending World Bowls 2008 please provide Bowls Events New Zealand with their name and contact details and whether they are to be accompanied by their partner or spouse. This information is required for accreditation purposes.
TRANSPORT
Airport transfers will be provided to and from the official accommodation as will daily transport between the official accommodation and the three venues.
 
A regular shuttle service between the three venues will also be provided for managers and coaches. Supporters will be able to use this service for a small charge/trip.
LUNCHES
These will be provided at the three venue clubs. If players have specific dietary requirements please let Bowls Events know.
WELCOME FUNCTION
The Christchurch City Council, Bowls Canterbury and Bowls New Zealand will host a cocktail party welcome function on Thursday, 10 January. Transport will be provided from and to the official accommodation establishments.
FAREWELL FUNCTION
A farewell function/dinner will be held at the conclusion of the event on the evening of Sunday, 27 January.
HOST CLUBS
Each country will be allocated a host club. Advantages of having a host club include practice facilities, a home base, a support group and a Kiwi connection. There is no compulsion to have a host club. Bowls Canterbury is organising the scheme and will contact each country to offer a host club.
NEW ZEALAND CHAMPIONSHIPS 2007/2008
The New Zealand Bowls Championships (both Men’s and Women’s) is a tournament open to all comers. This is a major event on New Zealand’s sporting calendar usually attracting over 1,200 entries. The 2007/2008 Championships tournament is to be held in Christchurch from 28 December 2007 to 8 January 2008.
 
The first half of the event is devoted to Singles and Pairs while Fours are played in the second half. It is expected that several countries will send their sides to play in this event. It affords a great opportunity to practise in NZ conditions against very competitive opposition with the prize of a New Zealand title at stake. In the 2006/2007 tournament, before the Asia Pacific Championship, the entire Malaysian squad competed with distinction with 20 year old Nor Fidrah Noh winning the Women’s Singles.
 
See www.bowlsnz.co.nz for details. Entry forms are posted on this website in August.
COSTS
  • Participating countries are responsible for and must cover the costs of:
  • International and any domestic airfares
  • Transport other than that provided by Bowls Events New Zealand (i.e. BENZ provides airport transfers to and from the official accommodation and daily transport between the playing venues and the official accommodation)
  • Evening meals
  • Accommodation and breakfast costs.
LOAN BOWLS
Please note that all bowls used in play must bear a 2008 or subsequent recognized test stamp (see Law 9.3).
The tournament organizers cannot provide bowls to individuals or sides. If loan bowls are required please deal directly with the appropriate suppliers and agents.
This should be done as soon as your sides’s requirements are known as freight transport can be difficult over the Christmas/holiday period.
Many suppliers now offer a commercial loan scheme where the buy-back deal in operation is effectively a hire fee.
UPDATES
TOURNAMENT ORGANISATION
Bowls NZ has established a limited liability company, Bowls Events New Zealand Ltd. which will be responsible for all operational aspects relating to the World Bowls Championships 2008. Contact details:
 
Ken Wilson-Pyne
General Manager
Bowls Events New Zealand Ltd.
PO Box 31-002,
Ilam
Christchurch
New Zealand
Fax: +64 3 357 4938
Phone: +64 3 357 4939
 
We look forward very much to hosting you in Christchurch in January 2008.
 
Kind regards
Ken Wilson-Pyne
General Manager
Bowls Events New Zealand Ltd.
 
28 March 2007
|  28 March  |  30 June   |  3 July  |  17 July  | 10 September  |  28 September   |  23 October  |
 
 
Top of Page
News  |  Venue Clubs  |  Dates  |  Tickets  |  Travel  |  Volunteers  |  Application Form  |  Sponsors  |  Merchandise  |
Countries  |  Sections  |  Conditions of Play  |  Practice  |  Draws  |  Results  |  Photos  |  History  |  Webmaster