November 23 - 1996 NZ Sevens kick off in Palmerston North
New Zealand Sevens tournaments had been held since 1975, with Marlborough (1975,1976) and Manawatu (1977-79) the first winners. Changes in dates and format occurred over the years, and in 1996, after a tournament in March, a November date for future events was decided upon. The first November Sevens was held at the Palmerston North Showgrounds, starting on November 23.
Waikato - Cup winners