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Welcome to the website of Pétanque Wellington. On these pages you will find information regarding the game of Pétanque, also known as Boules or French Bowls, within the lower North Island of New Zealand.

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WBS Open Triples

17 January 2017

The entry form for the WBS Open Triples (25-26 February 2017) at Masterton is now available.

Kapiti Open Doubles

16 January 2017

Thirty-six teams have entered the Kapiti Open Doubles this weekend (21-22 January).

WPA Regional Triples Championship

15 January 2017

The entry form for the WPA Regional Triples Championship (18-19 February 2017) at Horowhenua is now available.

Khandallah Mixed Doubles

11 January 2017

Players in the Khandallah Mixed Doubles.

The largest entry since 2010 saw eighteen teams take part in the Khandallah Mixed Doubles. After 3 rounds of qualifying, three teams Barbara Nicholls & Brian Smith, Kathy Gatford & Tony Gatford and Alan Cameron & Trish Smart were undefeated.

They were joined in the Trophy section by defending champions Kath Alison & Michael Rocks who qualified fourth on points differential.

Barbara & Brian and Kathy & Tony both won their semi-finals and so faced off for the Mixed Doubles title. In a close match, Barabara & Brian prevailled 13-11.

The Plate section was won by Wayne Green & Betty Jackson over Jack & Linda Gazzard. The Bowl was claimed by Moises Burgos & Colleen Horton who beat Ian Bailey & Pauline Foxall.

Paul Bonsey & Lynley Watt beat Brian Frampton & Lynne Shepherd to win the Cup, and the Spoon was won by Adrienne & Dave Gwerder who beat John Clarke & Betty Wilmshurst.

Final Results

Claude and friends Photos from the Khandallah Mixed Doubles

Otaki New Year Mêlée

13 January 2017

A full field being greeted by Club Captain Ted Burr.

Blessed with magnificent weather, a field of sixty-four players took part in the annual New Year Mêlée at the Otaki Pétanque club.

A great day was had by all to kick off the New Year.

Ted Burr and Doc Murray.

The top 5 players were:

  1. Doc Murray (Upper Hutt)
  2. Alan Cameron (Manawatu)
  3. Don Thompson (Manawatu)
  4. Pete Hamilton (Wanganui East)
  5. Shirley Fraser (Otaki

Congratulations to all the winners, and thanks to everyone who took part.

Report and photos: Ann Hogg.

Upper Hutt Swiss Doubles

11 January 2017

The entry form for the Upper Hutt Swiss Doubles (Sunday, 12 March 2017) is now available.

New Pétanque Rules

4 January 2017

The FIPJP Congress in Madagascar approved the adoption of new Rules from 1 January 2017.

PNZ has published a New Zealand version which incorporates the Interpretations issued last year.

The appropriate pages under Umpiring will be updated shortly. In the meantime a copy of the NZ Rules and Interpretations (1Mb) is available for download.


  1. The weight of the cochonnet must be between 10 and 18 grams.
  2. The team winning the toss or the previous end will have only one attempt to throw a valid jack (instead of 3). If the throw is not valid, the opponent must place (not throw) it at a valid position on the piste.
  3. If a player picks up the circle when there are boules still to be played, the circle is replaced but only the opponents are allowed to play their boules (if any).
  4. If a player picks up their boules from the playing area while their partner(s) have boules remaining, they will not be allowed to play them.
  5. Flattening/sweeping the ground in front of a boule to be shot is explicitly prohibited (with penalties).
  6. A yellow card for exceeding the time limit will be imposed on all the players of the offending team. If one of these players has already been given a yellow card, they will be penalised by disqualification of the boule played or to be played.

WPA Open Triples

24 December 2016

The video of the 2016 WPA Open Triples final is now on the Wellington Pétanque YouTube channel.

Representative Team

15 December 2016

Four WPA members have been named in the NZ Senior team to take part in the 2017 Trans-Tasman match in Adelaide (18-19 March).

Kapiti Open Doubles Shooting Competition

14 December 2016

In conjunction with the Kapiti Open Doubles, a Shooting Competition (Tir de Précision) will be held. Qualification sessions will be run on Friday afternoon and after play on Saturday, with the final held on Sunday.

There will be the opportunity to have a go outside the qualification sessions.

Haines Cup match

14 December 2016

Hawke's Bay beat Wellington 33-15 in the annual match played at the Manawatu Pétanque club to regain the Haines Cup. (Result)

WPA Open Triples

14 December 2016

WPA Open Triples prizes.

Fourteen teams took part in WPA Open Triples at Manawatu on Saturday. In the morning there were 4 rounds of 50 minute games (plus 1 end). The top 4 teams went through into the Trophy knockout. The next 4 teams went into the Plate and the third 4 went into the Bowl.

The bottom two teams played off for the chocolates (Cadbury Favourites).

In the Trophy final, Dene Futcher, Pete Hamilton and Michael Rocks beat Sharon Cannon, Steve Frampton and Graeme Morris 13-6.

The Plate final was won by Yvonne Futcher, Sheryl McFadgen and Kevin Fadgen 13-8 over Grant Bray, Annick Le Guen and Brett Maguire.

Sheryl Parslow, Christine Strichen and Claire Wilson beat David Corley, Noeline Corley and Marc Khull 13-9 to win the Bowl.

The chocolates were won by Ian Bailey, Alan Cameron and David Smart who beat Kevin Bryan, Christine Daykin and Judith Smith.

Final results

Jacques Cochonnet Trophy Challenge

27 Novemmber 2016

Hataitai’s second defence of the Jacques Cochonnet Trophy was away to Otaki. After the first round Hataitai led 2-1, only for Otaki to win all the second round games to take a 4-2 lead.

With Otaki winning the third round Singles to claim the Trophy, the remaining games were not played due to the poor weather.

Otaki’s first defence will be at home to Wanganui East.

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Representative Team

25 November 2016

A record eight WPA members have been named in the NZ Open team to take part in the 2017 Trans-Tasman match in Adelaide (18-19 March). This is the two more than six selected in 2014.

Wanganui East Open Triples

21 November 2016

The video of the 2016 Wanganui East Open Triples final is now on the Wellington Pétanque YouTube channel.

NZ International Open Triples

31 October 2016

The entry form for the NZ International Open Triples (4-5 February 2017) in Auckland is now available.

Note: The separate Women’s Doubles will not be held in 2017. All teams will compete in a single Triples event.

NZ Masters Games

14 October 2016

NZ Masters Games Pétanque logo

The 28th NZ Masters Games will be held in Whanganui from 3-12 February 2017.

There are two Pétanque events on offer. A social competition (4-5 February) and a competitive competition the following weekend (11-12 February).

Further details