The 59th ISPS Handa Halberg Awards will take place on Wednesday 23 February at Spark Arena, Auckland.


59th ISPS Handa Halberg Awards Update

28 January 2022

The Halberg Foundation has today announced a revised event format for the 59th ISPS Handa Halberg Awards. The live ceremony will still take place on Wednesday 23 February at Spark Arena but adhering to government guidelines for events at Red.  The ceremony will also be broadcast live on Sky Sport and free to air on Prime TV.

Created by Olympic gold medallist Sir Murray Halberg (ONZ) in 1963 to honour and celebrate sporting excellence, the Awards are the major fundraiser for the Halberg Foundation - the charity he founded which aims to support physically disabled young New Zealanders to be active in sport and recreation.

The live event will appear different under the new guidelines – with the 100 guests limit (a reduction of 90%) consisting mainly of Awards finalists and presenters.   All guests and staff will require a Vaccine Pass to access the venue and wear a mask.

With uncertainty around how long the country will be at Red the Halberg Foundation made the decision after careful consideration to ensure the athletes can be honoured for their outstanding achievements over the past two years.

Unfortunately, the revised event will mean the Halberg Foundation is unable to host any ticket buyers at the event.  As previously outlined all existing ticketholders will be eligible for a refund, or a credit for next year’s awards.

The Halberg team is now focussed on adjusting the event to adhere with ‘Red’ requirements. We are also exploring ways to ensure we can continue our important fundraising activities, a vital aspect of the Awards. This will include an online auction of sporting memorabilia and experiences. Donations to support Halberg’s important work can also be made at

“The athletes deserve to have their outstanding achievements recognised and it’s important for both them, their supporters and New Zealanders to celebrate – albeit in a different way - after the unprecedented challenges over the last two years, “ says Shelley McMeeken, Halberg Foundation Chief Executive.

“The Halberg Foundation extend its gratitude to everyone who had already purchased tickets and to our valued partners who have assisted in this revised event.”

As planned, the Awards ceremony will be broadcast live on Sky Sport and free to air on Prime with closed captions.

The 59th ISPS Handa Halberg Awards ceremony will celebrate outstanding New Zealand sporting achievements from 1 December 2019 to 30 November 2021 - a two-year period reflecting the impact of COVID-19 on global sporting competitions.

Eight awards will be presented during the ceremony including the supreme Halberg Award – the country’s highest accolade for sporting excellence. Go to to see the full list of finalists.