Annual Event Awards

UTSNZ have a number of awards that are presented both annually and at each event to recognise outstanding performance and results.

UTSNZ Overall National Tertiary Champion 

Awarded to the university with the greatest combined championship points total of each calendar year. The announcement and presentation of 'the Shield' to the UTSNZ Overall University Champion is made at last calendar event of the year.

Shield fast facts:

  • Unveiled in 1923, the Shield (pictured) has existed for 95 years.
  • The first winner was the University of Otago and they went on to hold the Shield aloft 35 times, more than any other university in New Zealand.
  • The University of Auckland has won it 15 times, the University of Canterbury 14 and Victoria University of Wellington ten. The University of Waikato and Massey University have secured bragging rights a few times (three and two respectively) and AUT has won it once over a near century of Shield competition.
  • Since UTSNZ was established in late 2015, the inter-tertiary competition has moved from being one big “Easter tournie” to a series of individual championship events with a focus on top-level sporting performance. The University of Auckland has been victorious every year since the rebirth.
  • Currently New Zealand's eight universities and where able, other tertiary institutions, are able to compete in sport including rowing, 3x3 basketball, futsal, table tennis, badminton, hockey, volleyball, ultimate frisbee, 5x5 basketball and netball to vie for Shield points.

UTSNZ National Tertiary Championship Teams 

Perpetual trophies for all UTSNZ sporting competitions are awarded to the winning teams of each National Tertiary Championship event. Perpetual trophies are awarded at the event prize giving straight after the last game/round has been completed.

UTSNZ National Tertiary Championship Medals

Championship Medals are awarded at all UTSNZ national sporting events and championships to individual athletes and/or teams placing in the top three. 

UTSNZ Tournament Teams 

For some UTSNZ National Tertiary Championship events a tournament team may be selected. Selections recognise outstanding performance during the championship. The announcement of Tournament Teams is made at the medal ceremony on  completion of the competition. Where specified these teams may have the opportunity to represent New Zealand at World University Championships and/or other selection events.

NZ University National Blues Awards

Historically, the former university sport entity University Sport New Zealand,
acknowledged and celebrated the commitment and achievements of university students in their chosen sporting endeavor through the National Blues Awards.

The "Blue" was a prestigious award for excellence in sport and recognised national excellence through to world champions. A sporting "Blue" was something that students were extremely proud to receive and something that could be used in job applications and resumes to show commitment and dedication. 

Currently NZ universities continue to run their own regional Blues Awards and more information on these (including criteria) can be found by contacting the specific University directly. National level Blues Awards ceased in 2011. University and Tertiary Sport NZ, established in 2016, has however now taken over ownership and the IP associated with the national level awards and a full review of the former programme will be completed as part of the UTSNZ 2018 - 2020 Strategic Plan.  

Further information on any reinstatement of the National Blues Awards will be communicated if and as developed.