Supporting a vaccinated bowling community
12 November 2021

Bowls New Zealand recently notified all bowling centres and bowling clubs, they are supporting a vaccinated bowls community in 2022. 

Their position is:

  • to encourage all bowling clubs to support members to be vaccinated against Covid-19, so we can reduce the risk of exposure and transmission of Covid-19.
  • it is important we provide our club members (and visitors) a safe community.
  • in support of a vaccinated bowls community this summer, Bowls New Zealand will only use bowling club facilities for 2022 National Events that require a vaccination certificate for club entry – so, those attending should be aware they require entrants to be vaccinated and host clubs to require a vaccination certificate.

With the health and well-being of our bowls community being top of mind, Auckland Bowls Board fully supports a vaccinated bowls community.  Therefore, we will be following the same approach as Bowls New Zealand.  Auckland Bowls will only use bowling club facilities for Auckland Centre events that require a vaccination certificate for club entry and our host clubs to require a vaccination certificate. 

While it is up to each club to decide its own vaccination policy, we encourage clubs to be vaccinated.  Under the Covid-19 Protection Framework, the added layer of protection will provide more bowling and hospitality opportunities to your members and to your community.

We attach for your use, Bowls NZ-Vaccination Certificate Policy template.

Please also note our approach is based on the information currently available from the Government.  Auckland Bowls, Bowls New Zealand (and you as a bowling club) should reserve the right to restate its position as we learn and understand more about how New Zealand manages the fight against Covid-19 in our communities and workplaces.  It may be that our/your position on vaccination certificates is reviewed in three, six, 12, or 24 months.

Feel free to contact General Manager David Ball if you wish to discuss this matter further.

Auckland Bowls Board