About Us

Learn about who we are and our goals

Who are we?

Whutupōro Rīki Whaikaha o Aotearoa  (PDRLNZ) was launched in New Zealand in 2015. In July 2017 we became an Incorporated Society and since then we've hosted the inaugural PDRL International tournament - the Auckland PDRL Nines - we've created history at the Commonwealth Championships in Brisbane with a world first PDRL international test series in February 2018 against Australia and the Commonwealth All Stars. This was followed in October by the 2018 Rugby League Emerging Nations PDRL tri series in Sydney Australia. 

2019 saw the launch of our first home competition the Campbell Cup named after the great Phil Campbell who was a great asset to Whutupōro Rīki Whaikaha o Aotearoa  (PDRLNZ) and a strong supporter of our athletes. We aim to ensure more of our Whaikaha (Physically Disabled) community get onboard and come with us as we grow the great game. Whutupōro Rīki Whaikaha o Aotearoa  (PDRLNZ) is a not for profit and needs support to help improve the life's of Whaikaha  (Physically Disabled) in New Zealand

Our Vision

We Normalize Physical Disability

Vision

Champion Diversity, Inclusiveness and Acceptance of Whaikaha (Physically Disabled) by developing Whutupōro Rīki Whaikaha o Aotearoa -  (Physical Disability Rugby League in New Zealand) into an organized sustainable institution so that it can foster, regulate, organize and manage PDRL competitions and other activities throughout New Zealand for the benefit of Whaikaha. 
Rugby League is our chosen vehicle, but our motivation is much more than the game. Whutupōro Rīki Whaikaha o Aotearoa - (PDRLNZ) was created to provide a vehicle to engage Whaikaha players and provide them the opportunity to grow through Rugby League in New Zealand.

Goals

Our Biggest Goals

Our immediate goal was to start a local competition,
The Campbell Cup. Now our sights are on participating at the Rugby League World Cup in October 2022 and beyond.

Grow our player base

Find, inspire and encourage the next generation of Whaikaha (Physically Disabled) to become involved in PDRL. Encourage participation for Whaikaha helping provide a sustainable diverse lifestyle that maximises potential and highlights the health, well-being, confidence, and self-development benefits that come from playing Rugby League.

Grow more than just the game

Engage & network with the wider NZ Government & Rugby League community to listen, learn, support and collaborate on ways that include and promote  Whaikaha (Physically Disabled) in Rugby League.  Foster, regulate, organise and manage PDRL competitions and other activities throughout New Zealand for Whaikaha. Build a sponsor and support base that allows us to deliver our goals.

Recognition

Strive for Government, commercial and public recognition of  Whutupōro Rīki Whaikaha o Aotearoa (Physically Disabled Rugby League) to a point where we normalise disability, champion diversity, inclusiveness and acceptance of Whaikaha  in sport & society.

Compete

Develop Whutupōro Rīki Whaikaha o Aotearoa (Physical Disability Rugby League  New Zealand) into an organized sustainable institution so that it can be played regularly domestically and internationally.
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