Some of the country’s top snooker players will gather at the Warkworth RSA later this month to play in a ranking tournament to raise money for the Tribute to NZ Heroes Association.
Normally, 11 tournaments are held around NZ each year, but this is the first time Warkworth has been chosen as a venue.
The tournament will start with a social evening on Friday March 22, followed by play on March 23 and 24.
Association chairman Lester Putze says Rodney MP Mark Mitchell has been a loyal supporter of the tournament, which raises funds for the Mental Health Foundation.
“In recognition of that support, we thought we’d bring the tournament to Warkworth,” Lester says.
Each tournament recognises a recipient of the Victoria Cross – the highest award for gallantry that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces.
The Warkworth tournament will honour (Alfred) Clive Hulme VC, who received the decoration for his actions during the Battle of Cretein in 1941.
Lester says there is some hope that Mr Hulme’s daughter Anita will attend the Warkworth event, as well as possibly the association’s Patron and former Chief Ombudsman, Dame Beverley Wakeham.
Along with around 28 ranked snooker players, there will be a number of celebrity players including Mr Mitchell.