The Hawkes Bay Heat American Football Club was founded in June 2018 and is affiliated with the governing national body for American Football in New Zealand, The New Zealand American Football Federation (NZAFF). The Heat are the only official American Football club in Hawkes Bay and are currently the NZAFF Wellington Invitational Flag Football Champions and were silver medalists in New Zealand's inaugural Flag Football National Championship, and the most recent Club National Championship.


We hold casual pick up Flag Football games on Sunday afternoons at Cornwall Park in Hastings during the Summer. Anyone is welcome to come along and play.


The Hawkes Bay Heat have experience facilitating Flag Football at Karamu High School in Hastings as well as running some PE lessons at Lindisfarne College. See the Schools tab for more information on our High School programs.

Our aim is to build Flag Football into an accessible sport for the people of Hawkes Bay, with the long term goal of introducing contact Football to the region.


There are many exciting opportunities for playing, coaching and officiating American Football, both locally, nationally and internationally. If you want to learn more about how to get involved, please get in touch. We’d love to hear from you.