Rugby clubs recipients of Bunnings Rugby Assist

Rotoiti Sports & Community Association is one of the five successful clubs to receive $30,000 of Bunnings products and materials. Photo: Rotoiti Sports & Community Association Facebook.;

The Rotoiti and Whakātane Marist rugby clubs have been named as Bunnings Rugby Assist recipients.


Repairs to flood damage, leaking roofs and upgraded bathrooms for women’s players are among the benefits 20 community rugby clubs across the country will receive after being selected as the inaugural recipients of Bunnings Rugby Assist.


Bunnings Rugby Assist will see the successful clubs receive a share of $300,000 worth of Bunnings Warehouse products and materials to put towards improving their facilities.

Five clubs have been selected to receive support to the value of $30,000 and another 15 will receive support to the value of $10,000 thanks to Bunnings Warehouse, who have partnered with New Zealand Rugby - NZR - as the naming rights sponsor for the National Provincial Championship, Farah Palmer Cup and Heartland Championship.

Rotoiti Sports & Community Association is one of the five successful clubs to receive $30,000 of Bunnings products and materials with the club posting on their Facebook page to share the news with their supporters.

"We applied with a focus to fix our roof on top of the sheds and to fix the second story of our club with some new panels, spouting, trim and paint. With just over 500 clubs in Aotearoa, our committee thought we would have a crack at it and we are absolutely stoked to let the whānau know that we received a phone call last week to inform us that Rotoiti Sports & Community Club had won one of the top prizes."

New Zealand Rugby General Manager Community Rugby, Steve Lancaster, says the response to Bunnings Rugby Assist has been very positive with a third of New Zealand rugby clubs applying.

“Grassroots rugby plays a vital role in the game we love, it's fundamental to keeping the game strong. We’re thrilled to have Bunnings Warehouse in our corner, providing some extra support to club rugby in the form of Bunnings Rugby Assist," says Steve.

“Selecting the successful clubs was especially difficult not just because of the quantity, but all the clubs that entered were really worthy applicants. We’re looking forward to seeing how the successful clubs bring their projects to life."


Bunnings is a leading retailer of home and lifestyle products for consumer and commercial customers in New Zealand. They are a major supplier to project builders, commercial tradespeople and the housing industry. Bunnings employs more than 4,900 team members in New Zealand and in FY20 participated in more than 5,200 community activities, helping to raise and contribute more than $1.1 million dollars for local community groups.

“The passion and dedication shown by the club volunteers and communities who applied for Bunnings Rugby Assist is really encouraging," says NZ Bunnings director Ben Camire. "They share our goal of helping to build grassroots rugby, which is at the heart of every community in this country.

“Bunnings has a longstanding commitment to making a meaningful contribution to the wider community, so we are really excited to be able to make a positive difference to grassroots rugby through Bunnings Rugby Assist.”

Bunnings Rugby Assist ambassador and All Blacks legend Stephen Donald says he is looking forward to seeing the positive impact of the program on local rugby clubs and their communities.

“The support I’ve experienced and witnessed from local club rugby is so important to the players and keeps the sport thriving. It’s crucial for the next generation of rugby legends that we support grassroots rugby.”

Rugby clubs who missed out in 2021 will have another chance to apply for the Bunnings Rugby Assist in 2022 with the application process to be announced in due course.

Fund recipients:


Te Papapa Onehunga Rugby​


Manukau Rovers


Bay of Plenty

Rotoiti Sports & Community Club


Marist Whakātane Rugby Club



Westport Rugby Football Club​



Cheviot Rugby Club





Maramarua Rugby Club


Papakura Rugby Football Club Inc​


East Coast

Tokararangi Sports Club Inc.


Hawke's Bay

CHB Rugby & Sports Club



Levin College Old Boys RFC​



Dannevirke Sports Club Inc​


Mid Canterbury

Ashburton Celtic Rugby Club



Onerahi Rugby Football Club Inc​



Alhambra Union Rugby Club


Green Island Rugby Football Club



Star Rugby Club Invercargill Inc



Pirongia Rugby & Sports Club​



Wanganui Pirates Rugby Football​


Bunnings Rugby Assist is part of New Zealand Rugby and Bunnings Warehouse three-year deal to sponsor domestic competitions and support community rugby across the country. Bunnings Warehouse is the primary partner and naming rights sponsor of the Bunnings National Provincial Championship, Farah Palmer Cup presented by Bunnings, Bunnings Heartland Championships and Super Rugby Under 20s Championship presented by Bunnings.


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