About Tauihi Basketball Aotearoa
History was made in 2022 with the G.J. Gardner Tauihi Basketball Aotearoa League inaugural season. The league is made up of five regional teams, the Northern Kāhu, Whai Basketball, Tokomanawa Queens, Mainland Pouākai and Southern Hoiho.
All games are broadcast live on SKY Sport. Showcasing SKY Sport Tall Ferns, international stars and rising young Kiwis – Professional women’s basketball is here to stay.
Tauihi means “to soar” in Te Reo Māori.
The Whai Women's team finished 3rd in the competition in 2023.
In both of the first two seasons the Whai had the defensive player of the year on the team. In 2022 the award was won by Nikki Greene, while this year Mikayla Cowling won the prestigious award.
Teenage sensation Pahlyss Hokianga won Youth Player of the Year as well as Rapid League MVP.
In total 6 Whai players who took the court in 2023 are still in high school, showing the great pathway Whai provides for local up and coming players.