About Nania

The Northern Axemen's North Island Association serves affiliated clubs within the South Auckland, Coromandel, Waikato, King Country, Bay of Plenty, East Cape and Central Plateau regions of the central North Island of New Zealand.

There are 12 registered meetings in our region and 75 registered axemen and women and considerably more volunteers who help and support the sport.

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Our People 2019-20

President George Richards  
Secretary/Treasurer Darcell Apelu admin@nania.org.nz
Snr Vice President David McDonald  
Jnr Vice President Terrence Hohneck  
Executive N McDonald  
  Kyle Lemon  
  Margaret Honey  
  Charles Hall  
  Kylea Heaton  
  Chris Lord (Jnr)  
  Mark Beattie  
  Norm Cherry  

Other Organisational Roles

Life Members Ruth Douglas (passed)
  Cliff Honey (passed)
  Dave Hawkins
  Brian Trow
  Rex Spencer (passed)
  Daphne Ussher

NANIA Officials

Official Starters G. Richards, B. Nairn, W. Barham, A. Haswell, T. Hohneck, L. Trow, K. Burgess, P. Honey, Marjorie Steiner, G. Lane, M. Graham, B. Cavey, N McDonald, M. Raynel and Chris Lord (Jnr)
Referees T Hohneck (Senior) D, Hohneck, J. McKenzie, L. Trow, G. Richards, C. Symons, D. Lane, K. Burgess, K. Lemon, A. Haswell, J. Wynyard, R. Pollock, R. Fergusson, N. Bowen, N. McDonald, J. Whitehead, C. Lord (Jnr)
Handicappers D. Ussher, A Haswell, R. Trow, M. Honey, M. Vaioleti, M Sergeant
Senior Handicapper M Honey
Handicap Panel Neville Bowen (Cnvr), Darcell Apelu, David McDonald
Nania Selectors T Hohneck(Cnvr), N Cherry, C Hall
Jnr Selectors D McDonald (Cnvr), C Hall
Axemen's Representatives George Richards, Kyle Lemon (Cnvr), Nathan McDonald, D Apelu

Getting Involved

Joining a Club

Woodchopping is an exciting sport to be involved in and people get involved for different reasons. Some are highly competitive and are there to be the become champions. Some people are there to keep fit and have fun. whatever reason there is room for new members and competitors and clubs are always looking for new blood. On our Events Page are the list of meetings to be held in the current year. If you live near one of these shows then contact the event secretary to be put in touch with someone in your area who can help you get started.

Even if you don't become a competitive axeman or axewoman, the comeraderie of the club and being involved in an heritage sport can be pretty speciial. There is always room and opportunity for new people to help prepare for and run a meeting.


The axes and saws used in competition can’t be bought at your local hardware store. They are all specially made for competition. New racing axes are upwards of $500, and a new crosscut saws are over $1500. When starting out you will often be leant an axe by your coach or mentor but it won't be long before you will want to purchase your own. Tuatahi Axes are made here in New Zealand. You don't need many axes unless you are going to be highly competitive and chopping a variety of woods around the world. Some axemen only have two for competition; A good axe for hardwood and another for soft or medium wood.

Registration Costs

Each club will have their own membership structure and fees. Within the NANIA Region, registration as an axeman or woman comes through the Regional Sports Organisation. A portion of this fee is passed on the the National Body and is a small contribution to administration.

The table below sets out the registration fees in NANIA.

Restricted Junior $10.00 Under 16 competitor who has not won prize money in any open event. (Juniors who have won money in open events pay full registration.)
Full Registration $60.00 Member competes in open events.
(includes Axemens News )

Jacks and Jills


A member who compete in sawing events only

Day Permit $20.00 Only one may be issued each season, the cost of the Day Permit will be deducted from the subsequent payment of the full registration.
Performance Book $5.50 Each Handicap record books for wood chopping, sawing, and tree felling
Late Audit Fee 10.00 Performance Books must be sent to Performance Book Auditor by the 31st May each year, to avoid a late audit fee
Axemen’s News $5.00 Annual publication of the New Zealand Axemen’s Association (included in full registration)