Badminton New Zealand

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Badminton New Zealand is the badminton organisation in New Zealand which was established in 1927 under the stewardship of Archdeacon Ralph Creed Meredith of Whanganui, one of its first champions.,[1] and became a founding member of Badminton World Federation (then known as International Badminton Federation) in 1934. It was incorporated on 26 May 1938 and responsible for promotion and development of badminton in New Zealand.

Badminton New Zealand has 27 regional member associations and also organises the New Zealand Open badminton tournament.

In an attempt to attract publicity, and thus sponsorship, players and fans, Badminton New Zealand chose "Black Cocks" as a nickname for their national teams, an association to the sport's shuttlecock and the custom of naming teams in reference to the All Blacks. Badminton NZ did get more publicity, and there was sponsorship interest from condom companies. The IBF opposed the name, and it has been dropped officially.[2]


  1. ^ "PERSONAL ITEMS". Retrieved 2011-02-19. 
  2. ^ Lester Haines (15 September 2005). "NZ finds Black Cocks hard to swallow". The Register. Archived from the original on 15 June 2006. Retrieved 2006-06-04. 

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