Paul Henare

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Paul Henare
No. 32 – Southland Sharks
Position Point guard
League NBL
Personal information
Born (1979-03-04) 4 March 1979 (age 35)
Napier, Hawke's Bay
Nationality New Zealand
Listed height 182 cm
Listed weight 83 kg
Career information
High school Napier Boys' High School
College Utah Valley (1999–2000)
Pro career 1995–present
Career history
As player:
1995–1997 Hawke's Bay Hawks
1998–2001 Auckland Stars
2002–2008 Hawke's Bay Hawks
2002–2003 OKK Beograd
2003–2011 New Zealand Breakers
2006 Banvit B.K.
2009 Christchurch Cougars
2010 Hawke's Bay Hawks
2014–present Southland Sharks
As coach:
2011–2012 Hawke's Bay Hawks
2013–present Southland Sharks
2013–present New Zealand Breakers (asst.)
Career highlights and awards

As player:

  • 2x NZNBL champion (1999, 2000)
  • NZNBL All-Star (2001)
  • ANBL champion (2011)

As coach:

  • NZNBL champion (2013)

Paul Donald Henare (born 4 March 1979) is a New Zealand professional basketball player who is currently the player/coach of the Southland Sharks of the New Zealand National Basketball League.

Henare attended Napier Boys' High School and Utah Valley State College. He was part of the Tall Blacks team multiple times and competed for NZ at the U/16, U/18 and U/20 junior levels. He won two New Zealand NBL championships with the Auckland Stars in 1999 and 2000 and competed in the New Zealand NBL All-Star Game in 2001.

Henare competed for New Zealand at the 2001 Goodwill Games in Brisbane and the 2003 FIBA Oceania Championship. He has also competed professionally in Yugoslavia in 2002–03 with OKK Beograd.

He was a part of the inaugural New Zealand Breakers team in 2003 and was a New Zealand Breakers co-captain for the 2004–05 season, before becoming the full-time captain for the 2005–06 season. He also played for the Hawke's Bay Hawks of the New Zealand NBL and Bandırma Banvit of the Turkish Basketball League.

Henare retired from professional basketball at the end of the 2010–11 season. He was honoured by becoming the first Breakers player to have his number (32) retired.[1]

Henare coached the Hawke's Bay Hawks during the 2011 and 2012 NBL seasons. He signed to coach the Southland Sharks for the 2013 and 2014 NBL seasons.[2] On 3 June 2013, Henare extended his contract with the Southland Sharks until 2015.[3]

On 2 June 2013, Henare was named as one of the New Zealand Breakers assistant coaches for 2013–14.[4]

On 30 May 2014, Henare came out of retirement to be the temporary player/coach of the Southland Sharks after multiple players were suspended.[5] On 1 June 2014, he made his return, recording 4 points, 2 rebounds, 2 assists and 1 steal in a 101-86 win over the Taranaki Mountainairs.[6]


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