Basketball New Zealand Life Member, Justin Toebes has been awarded a New Year Honours Award for his services to basketball. Justin’s involvement with basketball spans over 40 years. He first played basketball during his final year at Wellington College and has been involved ever since. In 1994 he was voted onto the Wellington Basketball Association (WBA) Executive and from 1995 became WBA President for 10 years. Following this he continued on the WBA Executive as a committee member until 2012.
When the WBA headquarters (Newtown Stadium) burnt down Justin started the campaign for a new stadium. This eventually resulted in the Wellington City Council’s 12 court stadium now known as the ASB Sports Centre. He attended every council and planning meeting until after the stadium was constructed in 2010 and was heavily involved in many aspects of the planning, funding and construction.
Justin has been involved with the Wellington Saints as a part owner and he has extensive governance experience serving on the National Basketball League, Basketball New Zealand and FIBA Oceania Boards. Justin has also served as the Basketball New Zealand President.
Justin continues to give back to the basketball community whether it’s sponsoring numerous basketball activities and players across the region or providing legal support services, all of which are voluntary, humbly and willingly offered for the benefit of our game and its people.
We congratulate Justin on his achievement and thank him for his continued support of the game. For more on Justin’s New Year Honours Award please click here.
First played basketball during his final year at Wellington College
Played socially for the Toko Tavern Globetrotters in Stratford, Taranaki
Returned to Wellington and played socially in the old Central League and WBA Leagues for clubs such as Seatoun, Centrals and Morehu.
Voted onto the Wellington Basketball Assoc. (WBA) Executive for the first time.
WBA President. When became President the WBA was in financial difficulty due to the cost of the new court and lease for the Southwest Stadium.
Steered the association back into the black.
WBA headquarters, Newtown Stadium, burnt down and Justin started the campaign for a new stadium.This eventually resulted in the Wellington City
Council’s (WCC) 12 court Kilbirnie Sports Stadium. Along with Barry Chalmers he attended every WCC council meeting and planning meeting
until after the stadium construction started in 2010. He negotiated with the Council on everything from getting the stadium on the WCC long-
term plan, to funding, number of courts (originally it was to be 8 and Justin convinced them to go with 12, to the construction of the playing
surface, to WBA offices at the stadium.
Continued on the WBA Executive as a Committee member.
Became involved with the Saints NBL Team.
Part owner of the Saints NBL Team
On Saints Board
NBL Board Player Representative for 5 years
On Basketball New Zealand (BBNZ) Board
BBNZ Vice-President. Drafted a new Constitution & successfully worked for the return of the NBL as part of BBNZ.
BBNZ representative on the FIBA Oceania Board.
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