Refereeing with North Harbour Rugby

Every weekend during the North Harbour rugby season about 10,000 players take the field to enjoy our game. We appoint referees to most of these games however some junior and secondary school games do not get an official referee.

We always need referees at every level of the game. So if you aspire to go to the very top level of international rugby or simply enjoy the Saturday, it all starts with North Harbour Referees’ Association.

Whatever your ability, age, experience or aspirations, refereeing can cater for you.

Our training evenings commence in March and run through until the end of August. They are held each Monday in the Referees’ Lounge, Level II, at QBE Stadium. Evenings include discussion groups, lectures, guest speakers and practical exercises. Many referees come along to discuss how their game went with their peers and coaches.


While many take up the whistle to get on a rugby field on a Saturday, keeping fit and helping people enjoy their recreation, many others see refereeing as an opportunity to develop their decision-making, enhance their management skills and even realise a dream of being a test match referee.


There are many benefits from refereeing:

  • Remain regularly fit and involved in rugby, without taking the knocks.
  • Become more knowledgeable in the game and understand those calls on TV.
  • Opportunities to travel to other provinces and overseas to referee.
  • Contribute something to the community and sport.
  • Meet new people and enjoy subsidized social activities.
  • Free entry to Mitre 10 Cup home games.
  • Potential to referee representative rugby at a range of grades through to international.


Starting is easy…. All our new referees have their own class and tutors who provide weekly education and practical workshops.

What do you need:  All you need is a love of the game and a pair of boots! You will be provided with everything else including a whistle, law book, gear bag, flags and field kit.

Referee coaches come along to your game and provide valuable advice on what to look for and what to do in any given situation.


Start enjoying refereeing with junior club rugby on a Saturday morning, then with guidance and experience soon commence officiating secondary school rugby. With regular training and coaching you could then be refereeing championship club rugby   … how far and how fast is largely determined by your effort and skill development.


If this sounds like a new career in rugby for you, contact

Rugby Education Officer: Paul Greenstreet, 021 585238

NH Rugby Referees’ Association secretary: Tony Ellis,  021 965 870

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