Information and Resources

For any queries about Greens, and Greenkeeping in Manawatu contact the Greenkeepers Association. The Association meets on the 1st Monday of every alternate month. The Annual General Meeting is in June. Most meetings are held at Palmerston North Bowling Club.

President: David Robertson
Ph. 06 358 4646

Secretary/Treasurer: Gerry Firth
Ph. 06 354 5030

Groover with Operator: – $186.00 per green
Coring Machine: – $130.00 per green
Coring Machinery with Operator: – $186.00 per green
Drilling Machine – $98.00 per green
Verticut – $26.50 per green
N.B.  Travelling will be an extra charge

Any Greenkeeper can be nominated for a Bowls NZ Merit or Long Service Award.

These awards are to be presented to a greenkeeper for his or her work in the areas of research, implementation of new turf management techniques and/or management of a green to a very high standard over a number of years etc. To receive a Certificate of Merit the greenkeeper would have to be nominated by a local Greenkeeping Association including a CV and supporting references. The work that the greenkeeper is being nominated for must be relevant and useful to a number of clubs. You can also nominate your Greenkeeper for Greenkeeper of the Year.



Bowls NZ works closely with the New Zealand Sports Turf Institute (NZSTI). They are New Zealand’s only full service sports turf consultancy group specialising in research, training and advice relating to design and management of natural and artificial sports surfaces.

The Level 3 Bowls Development Programme provides an essential foundation in the knowledge and skills necessary to economically, safely and consistently produce high quality bowling green surfaces The programme is New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) recognised and typically takes 12 -15 months to complete the 48 credits required. The learning is delivered via a series of regionally based training days/workshops, study guide and on-line learning, and on-the-job training.

For further information about the Bowls Development Programme including course fees and training dates for your region, please contact the Palmerston North office of NZ Sports Turf: Ph: 06 356 8090

For more information, have a look at the New Zealand Sports Turf Institute:


Bowls NZ Greenkeeping Contacts