Chooks News 1 Mar 2024

Good afternoon Tukapa supporters, this week I take a week off writing the newsletter and have asked our New Club captain to give you all an update about the upcoming season and to introduce himself. See you all next week for another Chooks news update

Club Captain Report

Welcome to the 2024 season, a change of the guard this year with Daniel Green stepping down as Club Captain and seeing another Daniel (that’s me) take over the role from a great club man in Greeny who has done some great work and left big shoes to fill, whilst I won’t be able to fill the boots Greeny fills on the field with our mighty Senior 3rds I am sure the Club Captain’s shoes I will get into and serve the club with pride & passion along the way.

Many of you will know me from my time as Premier Manager for the last 5 seasons 2019-2023, what some won’t know is that I have a much deeper background with the club & also rugby than just sitting in that role for 5 seasons, I held the position of Team Manager for our Bs 2016-2017, managed Taranaki Development Squad 2018 & 2019 along with management roles with Taranaki Maori also and more recently continue to be on the board of the Tukapa also. Whilst I never got to run on the field as a player I have as much passion for our great club and bleed blue & white just as much as a player does. The club also runs deep in my family with my wife Kerry having played netball in her younger years for Tukapa as well as my youngest son played all his junior rugby for our club also, and hopefully once his time at high school is done he will return to the club as a player, so Tukapa is in my blood.

So with that little introduction being said onto some rugby and where the club is going for 2024, I can tell you that this year should see all of our men’s teams fitter than ever as our Prems management team have had a “Chooks Spartans Challenge” running for the last few weeks which has seen players from across all the squads get involved in this challenge to up the players fitness but also challenged the likes of Coaches, Club Chairman & myself to participate as well. This challenge has set the bar for many of our players which I am sure will see great physical & mental strength added to squads.

2024 will see our newly formed Tukapa Women’s team take to the Women’s competition and after many conversations I’ve had with Coach Plims it is apparent that the coaching team for our women’s squad is dedicated to seeing our Tukapa Women stand with pride in the Blue & White but also get out and enjoy this great game. Look out for the stand-alone facilities for our women turning up at the club in the coming weeks, along with our women taking to the field in the Blue & White

As I sit and write out this for our newsletter after a visit from Scotty asking me for a report we are planning to meet at the club to start to prepare a job list for our upcoming Blue & White Working Bee to get our club ready for the season ahead, and many hands make light work so please stay tuned for the date of our working bee and come lend a hand and help get the Chook-House ready for what I am sure will be a jam-packed season of rugby, friendship, banter & fun.

Well for now best I get back to my day job, don’t be a stranger at the club the doors are always open and the beer is always cold. I look forward to catching up with many of you either on gamedays, at the club, or just wherever I pop up which seems to be many places, always hear for a yarn about anything club-related you want to chat about or want to raise with the board.

Bleeding Blue & White Always
Dan J – Club Captain

Preseason Roundup

Tukapa Lawn Bowls Day

The first big social event for the club will be our Tukapa Lawn Bowls Day held at Vogletown Bowling Club on 10th March. This is a fun day and we want all players, supporters, and friends of Tukapa to be involved in. Teams will be playing for the Komene Cup for the first time. Come and join our Chooks spartan fitness challenge for a fun day of lawn bowls. Our motto this year is all-inclusive to achieve excellence. So be part of this great event - we want all supporters, players, and friends of Tukapa to come and play. Entries to Scotty before Wednesday 28th of Feb by txt 021317331, email scott@lifestylebuilding.co.nz, or message Tukapa's Facebook page.

Club Membership

Along with the increase in living costs, we have also had to put our season memberships up to keep our club ticking, these are now due and can be paid through the links below or over the bar on a Thursday, Friday, or Saturday.

Division 1:$120
Division 2:$3,000 team fee
Colts:$120 (or $60 if first year in Colts Grade)
Juniors:$40 1 child in the family/$70 for 2/$90 for 3 or more in the family
Non-Playing Members
(Social Membership):

All memberships may include a partner for an extra $10 per annum which will entitle them to a member’s card and season passes.

Signup buttons below:

Junior Rugby 2024

Junior rugby registrations are now open. If you are keen to sign your kids up, click the link below.

The season kicks off Saturday 4th May and runs to middle of term 3.

If you have any questions, the best place to ask them is on the Tukapa Junior Rugby Facebook page.



Gladstone Road
New Plymouth, 4310

P.O Box

PO Box 389
Taranaki Mail Centre
New Plymouth 4340




Scott Siffleet
021 317 331

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