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The Tamaki Lightning has a proud history, from its inception in 1999 under the "Gridiron New Zealand" banner, to the seniors championship season in 2005, through to the recent club rejuvenation. A detailed story of our club can be found here.



The Lightning have a long history of bringing in international players to boost the squad and help with coaching. We have typically recruited international players from the United States of America and Europe, but are always looking abroad for players or coaches with experience and passion for the sport! A summary of our past international recruits can be found here.


The Campbell - Palalagi Shield is contested on an annual basis between the South Auckland Raiders and Tamaki Lightning. The Raiders vs Lightning games are typically hard fought and close encounteres with the Tamaki Lightning winning the inaugural game in 2012/2013.


The Tamaki Lightning Honours Board is currently under progress. We are looking to incorporate the major club contributions, award winners and NZ representatives into this board.



Club History

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