1936 New Zealand rugby league season
The 1936 New Zealand rugby league season was the 29th season of rugby league that had been played in New Zealand.
New Zealand lost two Test matches against Great Britain. New Zealand included; Jack Hemi, Len Scott, George Tittleton, Tommy Trevarthan, Lou Brown, Arthur Kay, Roy Powell, Bill McNeight, Billy Glynn, Jim Calder, Joe Cootes, Frank Pickrang, Steve Watene (c), Claude Dempsey and Ted Mincham.
Great Britain opened the tour by defeating Auckland 22-16 at Carlaw Park. Auckland included; Claude Dempsey, R.Bright, Wally Tittleton, captain Lou Brown, W.Stockley, Arthur Kay, Roy Powell, Angus Gault, Jack Satherley, Bill Breed, Steve Watene, Frank Pickrang and Harold Tetley.
Northern Union Cup
Auckland played Wellington on King's Birthday weekend. Auckland were coached by Bert Cooke and included John Anderson, captain Harold Tetley, Lou Hutt, Wally Tittleton, Claude Dempsey, Arthur Kay, Brian Riley, Ted Mincham and Roy Powell.
Steve Watene played for Manukau, after being one of the driving forces behind the clubs admittance into the Auckland Rugby League's first division. Other players included Jack Hemi (from the Wairarapa), Jack Brodrick (also from the Wairarapa), Angus Gault (from Waitomo), Tommy Trevarthan (from the Otago Rugby Union), Rangi and Tom Chase (from Taihape) and Frank Pickrang (from the King Country). The team was largely made up of Māori players, a result of Watene's scouting trip to North Island Māori settlements in off-season.