Chooks News 22 Mar 2024

Chairpersons Update

Here we are, finally, we get to see some rugby at the Chook House for the start of the 2024 season. The boys have been training well and are ready to take on a strong Poneke team. Be sure to come and check it out and sign up as a social member while you are here.

Last weekend we had an awesome turn out for our working bee, with a guess of around 40 people helping out. We managed to get rid of 12 cubic meters of S#*t and now the club looks a lot better without piles in every corner, so a big thank you to all the players and supporters who turned up to help out.

Pre Season

As most long serving members would know, the Poneke game is a long standing tradition that has been played for many years, and the Zemba cup is a very sought after cup that both clubs always want to hold.

Zemba Cup

The Zemba Cup, is contested between Tukapa and the Poneke Club (from Wellington) at Senior A level, and its origins go back to 1939 when Mick Zemba, a Wellington-based former Taranaki resident donated the trophy as a prize for what was then the new pre-season fixture between the two clubs. The interruption caused by WW2 meant it was only played for twice before resuming after the war on an annual basis. The Zemba Cup match was then played pretty much every season on an alternating home and away basis until 1992, usually at Easter Weekend before club rugby competitions got underway.

After the 1992 Centenary match (won at home by Tukapa 19-7), the match was played on only a handful of other occasions in the mid to late 1990’s before the fixture lapsed. It has been revived as a fixture spasmodically in recent decades. Until revived again recently, the final Zemba Cup match for many years was played at the Rugby Academy in Palmerston North on 17 March 2009. The discontinuation after 2009 was largely due to changes in the club rugby structure which saw club competition matches beginning in late March rather than late April, with the result that the pre-season window for traditional fixtures became a lot more constricted. Weekend work requirements as well as cost factors also played a part in pre-season away trips becoming a thing of the past.

As a result of Tukapa deciding to cease attending the Spillane Cup tournament, the Zemba Cup fixture was reinstated in 2019 when Tukapa once more hosted Poneke at Sanders Park, with Poneke running out the winners in a very close match. Last season Tukapa travelled to Wellington for the match but again Poneke prevailed in what was another close encounter.

For the record, the Zemba Cup has been contested on a total of 51 occasions, with Tukapa winning 21 matches and Poneke 30.

Tukapa Premier

You would have seen in the newsletter a couple of times our sponsor HTL with an offer to help out the club for every person that signs them up as their Broker for their kiwi saver. This is one of the best ways you can give back to our club, every person who signs up, Tukapa gets $100. So be sure to click the link or scan the QR code and get in the draw for a bar tab.

Sponsorship Update

Our next sponsors are new to the role but have been around our club for a few years with both of them pulling on the blue and white hoops to help our mighty b’s out, this year they are the naming rights sponsors of our Tukapa colts, I will let Dylan and Rayno tell you more about themselves and the services they offer.

Sponsor Profile: Motion Plumbing & Gas

Both of us have had the privilege to either manage or coach one of the teams at this amazing club. This year will be equally as rewarding for us to  sponsor the Colts team that will ultimately become the feeding engine for senior teams in years to come. Being a part of the “Chooks” culture has even set the tone on how we run our business till today. Tukapa is all about family and the community and so are we.  This is our turn to pay back to our Tukapa Whanau as we have enjoyed some serious support from you guys since starting our Motion venture together.

At Motion Plumbing and Gas we aim to leave every customer satisfied be it that you need some plumbing works, drain laying or gas works – we do them all.  All our work will be certified and we would gladly pop over for an obligation free quote or advice.

Follow us on Facebook or enquire online, we’d be happy to help.



Here’s to a very successful season to all our Tukapa teams!


Rayno & Dylan

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.

Looking forward to catching up with you all tomorrow at the Chook House.

Blue and White for Life
Scotty Siffleet



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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