After sports became more widely broadcast on television, attendance at games dropped somewhat. Nonetheless, in the 21st century sports remained an integral part of New Zealand culture.

Discover how the side originally called New Zealand Maori came to be known as the NZ Natives. The New Zealand Native rugby team visited Britain in 1888–89. Sports are a big thing in New Zealand, from Rugby Union to Netball, New Zealanders get right behind their sports teams. This has became a common feature of New Zealand sports uniforms. Natives' Rugby Tour, 1888-89.

National sports teams began to tour overseas in the late 1800s. There is also evidence that participation declined in favour of sedentary leisure activities such as watching television and films, gaming and using the internet. The history of New Zealand dates back approximately 700 years to when it was discovered and settled by Polynesians, who developed a distinct Māori culture.Like other Pacific cultures, Māori society was centred on kinship links and connection with the land but, unlike them, it was adapted to a cool, temperate environment rather than a warm, tropical one. Whether you choose to participate or spectate, New Zealand is a sports mad country and you can lap it all up. Sports lovers rejoice - New Zealand offers a raft of activities for energetic bodies and minds! It raised interest in Māori culture overseas, and was the first team to use a silver fern on a black background. Rebel Sport will also become the official online retail store of Cricket Australia. In 1888, the country's pioneering national sports team toured Britain, playing their first game of rugby on 3 October. Post-war celebrations included the triumphant tour of the New Zealand Army Kiwis, who delighted British crowds with their exhilarating rugby. This was a false dawn: rugby’s new style was set by the unsuccessful 1949 tour of South Africa, which led to an emphasis on forward domination that was to blight the sport and have wider social consequences. Sports of New Zealand - Information, images and useful links about sports played in New Zealand. [8] Briscoe Group has previously owned the naming rights to the New Zealand segment of the Super 14 rugby union competition, which was branded the Rebel Sport Super 14 .