Paul Henare

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Paul Henare
Melbourne United
Personal information
Born (1979-03-04) 4 March 1979 (age 40)
Napier, New Zealand
NationalityNew Zealand
Listed height182 cm (6 ft 0 in)
Listed weight83 kg (183 lb)
Career information
High schoolNapier Boys' (Napier, New Zealand)
CollegeUtah Valley (1999–2000)
Playing career1995–2014
PositionPoint guard
Career history
As player:
1995–1997Hawke's Bay Hawks
1998–2001Auckland Stars
2002–2008Hawke's Bay Hawks
2002–2003OKK Beograd
2003–2011New Zealand Breakers
2006Banvit B.K.
2009Christchurch Cougars
2010Hawke's Bay Hawks
2014Southland Sharks
As coach:
2011–2012Hawke's Bay Hawks
2013–2015Southland Sharks
2013–2016New Zealand Breakers (asst.)
2015–presentNew Zealand Tall Blacks
2016–2018New Zealand Breakers
2018–presentMelbourne United (asst.)
2019–Wellington Saints
Career highlights and awards
As player:
  • ANBL champion (2011)
  • 3× NZNBL champion (1999, 2000, 2006)
  • NZNBL All-Star (2001)
  • NZNBL assist champion (2001, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2009)

As coach:

Paul Donald Henare (born 4 March 1979) is a New Zealand former professional basketball player.

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 FR 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.

In 2009, Henare won his fifth Dave Taylor Trophy while playing for the Christchurch Cougars. The award is given to the season's assist champion, and with his fifth in 2009, he moved two clear of the next best in Kenny McFadden who won the award three times.[1]

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.[2]

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.[3] On 3 June 2013, Henare extended his contract with the Southland Sharks until 2015.[4]

On 2 June 2013, Henare was named an assistant coach of the New Zealand Breakers.[5]

On 30 May 2014, Henare came out of retirement to be the temporary player/coach of the Southland Sharks after multiple players were suspended.[6]

On 16 March 2015, Henare was appointed the head coach of the New Zealand Tall Blacks.[7]

Following the 2015–16 NBL season, Henare was appointed the head coach of the New Zealand Breakers. He stepped down from the role in March 2018.[8][9] In July 2018, he was appointed head coach of the Wellington Saints for the 2019 season.[10] In October 2018, he joined Melbourne United as an assistant coach for the remainder of the 2018–19 season.[11]


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