Bank of New Zealand (BNZ) is proud to announce a new naming rights partnership with the Northern Kāhu women’s basketball team. The team will now be known as the BNZ Northern Kāhu.
Speaking about the partnership, CEO Dan Huggins says BNZ is thrilled to be supporting the growth of basketball in New Zealand and backing a team as dynamic and exciting as the Northern Kāhu.
The team is named after the kāhu, New Zealand’s only hawk. Known for its chief-like qualities, the kāhu symbolises mana, empowerment, and guidance – qualities that reflect BNZ’s commitment to helping New Zealanders find a way to a better future.
“This partnership aligns with our focus on growing the long-term social, cultural, and financial wellbeing of New Zealanders,” Huggins says. “Sport is a powerful vehicle for bringing communities together, supporting physical and mental health and teaching valuable skills like teamwork, commitment and perseverance.”
“As the fastest-growing sport in New Zealand and with minimal barriers to entry, basketball is both accessible and inclusive. It’s a sport that reflects the diversity of our communities and provides an equitable platform for anyone to play.”
This is reflected in its current position as the second most played sport in secondary schools, behind netball, and fast on track to become New Zealand’s most popular school sport.
Despite its growing popularity, basketball is still underfunded in New Zealand. BNZ sees an opportunity to fill this gap and support the sport that is capturing the hearts of Kiwis across the country.
“By partnering with the Northern Kāhu, we’re not just supporting a team – we’re investing in the future of basketball in Aotearoa and the positive impact it has in our communities,” Huggins says.
The partnership is one of several announcements BNZ will make this year in support of basketball and community initiatives.