Roller Derby

Roller derby is a contact sport played by two teams skating in the same direction around an oval shaped track. Teams have up to five players on the track at any one time during the game, which is made up of a series of short matchups called “jams”. During each jam one skater from each team will skate as the “jammer” for their team. The jammer’s job is to score points by lapping members of the opposing team. The rest of the skaters are called “blockers” and attempt to prevent the other team’s jammer from scoring points, while also trying to help their own jammer out. This creates a dynamic mix of split second action and careful strategy as offence and defence are played simultaneously by both teams. Moana Roller Derby follows WFTDA rules and gameplay.

Moana Roller Derby

Moana Roller Derby was originally founded as Mount Militia Derby Crew in June 2010 in Tauranga, New Zealand by a small but enthusiastic group. Due to word of mouth and a small reach of "We Want You" flyers it quickly grew momentum gathering members. In 2018 we relaunched with a brand new look and a brand new name as Moana Roller Derby, to reflect the ongoing growth and wider base of the group. The boundaries of Tauranga Moana (the Tauranga Harbour) begin at Bowentown at the entrance to Tauranga Harbour, and continue to Papamoa. They then run inland to the mountains called Otawa and Otanewainuku, along the Kaimai ranges and back to Bowentown.

We have two teams that travel regularly to play a wide range of opponents from around New Zealand, as well as hosting events at home in Tauranga. We also have two home teams that battle it out over the course of the year offering development opportunities and a heap of fun times!

We are a registered not-for-profit Incorporated Society run by a diverse group skaters and volunteers of all ages, genders and backgrounds. Outside of Roller Derby many of our members meet regularly for street skating, ramp skating, and viewing parties of WFTDA championship action.