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North Island St Bernard Assn Inc

We are a group of Saint Bernard enthusiasts dedicated to the health, welfare, betterment, and enjoyment of this wonderful breed of dog.

The North Island St Bernard Association Inc. was formally recognized by the New Zealand Kennel Club in December 1981 after a dedicated group of Saint owners banded together to form a club. The NISBA is a proactive club recognizing the needs of both pet and show St. Bernard owners. In February 1982 we held the first Match Parade and Battle of the Giants often referred to as the BOG together with invited breeds Pyrenean Mountain Dogs and Newfoundlands in Taupo.

This event was a great success and the 1983 BOG saw us include the Bernese Mountain Dogs for a weekend which has always been as much about socializing and having fun as it ever was holding the Match. The BOG has been held annually since its inception, occasionally including breeds other than the invited foundation breeds and has usually included a Fund Raising component with the proceeds over the years going to the SPCA, IHC, and Foundation for the Blind.

In 2013 the proceeds were presented to Paw Justice, in 2014 the proceeds were presented to Foundation for the Blind for Guide Dogs and following the 2015 event the proceeds will be donated to HUHANZ. Two years after our club recognition, the NISBA was awarded Open Show status and thereafter Championship Show status opting to use Specialist Judges for these annual events whenever possible. We have enjoyed the various St. Bernard Breed Specialist Judges' experience and knowledge which they are always willing to share with us at an informal dinner following the shows.

We produce an informative e-magazine called Saint Scene and have hosted Canine Nutrition Seminars and Canine Behaviour Seminars all over the North Island with owners of all breeds of dogs attending them. In conjunction with Massey University, we conducted a breed survey to determine the incidence of hereditary diseases carried by St Bernards in New Zealand.

A free online copy of our latest magazine is available to prospective club members. Please contact the Editor. We offer a service that rescues or assists to rehome any St Bernard whose owner's circumstances have changed. Please contact our Rescue Officer. We are proudly sponsored by ROYAL CANIN and supported by the Swiss Embassy of New Zealand.

Contact Details

Cath Tippett
Phone: 027 443 7068

Committee Details

RescueAnn Howard027 488

Cath Tippett

Rochelle Sant
027 443 7068

027 347 0021
EditorCharmaine Kendrick07 543
Vice PresidentAnn Howard
027 488 2428
PresidentCharmaine Kendrick
021 709 896

Upcoming Shows and Events

2024 - 
April 6th 2024 - 34th Championship Show - Judge - Kevin Young (SA) - Venue Cambridge

June 28th, 29th & 30th - 41st Battle of the Giants weekend - at Mangateopo Camp, SH47 at the foot of Mt Ruapehu. This event does not include ringcraft and is a weekend of games and walks and fun for families with their dogs.

2021 -
June 6th - 4th Allbreeds & Crossbreeds Carting Day. Leamington Domain, Cambridge, entries taken 10am. Carting commences 10.30am.

June 25TH, 26TH, 27TH - 38th Battle of the Giants weekend.At Mangateopo School Camp, SH47 at the foot of Mt Ruapehu. This event does not include ringcraft and is a weekend of games and walks and fun for families with their dogs. This years theme - SANTA PAWS.

October 23rd - GIANT BREED OPEN SHOW - JUDGE - MS STACY DONALDSON-ROGERS. VENUE KATIKATI in conjunction with Tauranga Kennel Assn and Central North Island Non Sporting & Utility Shows. This inaugural event is for clubs and owners of 15 invited GIANT breeds.

October 24th - 33rd CHAMPIONSHIP SHOW - JUDGE - MR ALLAN STRETTON. VENUE KATIKATI in conjunction with Huntly Kennel Assn.

2018 - 16th September, commencing 9am - ALL BREEDS (and Crossbreeds) CARTING DAY - For the Haul of It. Come and try something new with your dog. Fun Day. Spot Prizes.
Lemaington Domain, Cambridge. See August Dog World Magazine for details.

2019 - 37th BATTLE OF THE GIANTS - 21st,22nd & 23rd June 2019 at Mangateopo School Camp, SH47 at the foot of Mt Ruapehu. This event does not include ringcraft and is a weekend of games and walks and fun for families with their dogs. This years theme - MID WINTER CHRISTMAS

32nd CHAMPIONSHIP SHOW 2018 - Our 32nd Championship Show will be held at Tokoroa on the 17th February 2018 in conjunction with the Tokoroa Canine Assn Championship Shows. Judge - Mr Glenn Radcliffe (USA).

Club Activities

Club Activities - ANNUALLY MAY - We support the Swiss Community at the Swiss Markets in Auckland. The Swiss Markets are on Facebook for the date each year. JUNE - The Battle of the Giants is held with invited breeds Newfoundlands, Pyrenean Mountain Dogs, Bernese Mountain Dogs and Leonbergers as close to the snow as we can get. This long standing event is a family fun weekend of games. 2017 Mid Winter. Contact us for more details on this years event.

Club Scrapbook

2012 - 27th Championship Show RESERVE IN SHOW Ch. Tai Yuan Lady in the Mask - Rushton/Tippett/Rogers

2012 - 27th Championship Show BEST IN SHOW Ch. Lusanne Just Deal With It - Neal/Jobey

2013 - 31st ANNUAL BATTLE OF THE GIANTS Entry in the Best Superhero class

Our fabulous location for our Battle of the Giants event.

Another glamourous entry in the Best Superhero class.

An entrant in the Best Snowdog class

Some came just to have fun.

Some were more serious.

...and some looked a bit tired.

At the end of the day...

...we all had fun and took the best dog home.

The trophy table and goods to be auctioned for fundraising.

2013 28th Championship Show -Best In Show :NZ Ch Whoodcrest Nxs (Imp USA) - C & D Rogers

2013 28th Championship Show - Reserve In Show : NZ & Aust Ch Tai Yuan Take A Chance - A Rogers

Swiss Markets - 2015

Swiss Markets - 2015

Club Trailer

Club Trailer

Club Trailer

2016 Championship Show - Judge Tan Nagrecha (UK) Best Bitch, CC & BEST IN SHOW, CH LUSANNE RUFF DIAMOND G NEAL & S JOBEY


2017 - Our stand at the Autumn Festival held by the Swiss Embassy to NZ

Our Kissing Booth at the Swiss Markets 2017 with the Swiss Ambassador to NZ, Mr David Vogelsanger and Laura, his wife.

Our set up for the Swiss Markets 2017.

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