Paul Henare

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Paul Henare
Personal information
Born (1979-03-04) 4 March 1979 (age 39)
Napier, New Zealand
Nationality New Zealand
Listed height 182 cm (6 ft 0 in)
Listed weight 83 kg (183 lb)
Career information
High school Napier Boys' (Napier, New Zealand)
College Utah Valley (1999–2000)
Playing career 1995–2014
Position Point guard
Career history
As player:
1995–1997 Hawke's Bay Hawks
1998–2001 Auckland Stars
2002–2008 Hawke's Bay Hawks
2002–2003 OKK Beograd
2003–2011 New Zealand Breakers
2006 Banvit B.K.
2009 Christchurch Cougars
2010 Hawke's Bay Hawks
2014 Southland Sharks
As coach:
2011–2012 Hawke's Bay Hawks
2013–2015 Southland Sharks
2013–2016 New Zealand Breakers (asst.)
2015–present New Zealand Tall Blacks
2016–2018 New Zealand Breakers
Career highlights and awards

As player:

  • ANBL champion (2011)
  • 3× NZNBL champion (1999, 2000, 2006)
  • NZNBL All-Star (2001)
  • NZNBL assist champion (2001, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2009)

As coach:

Paul Donald Henare (born 4 March 1979) is a New Zealand former professional basketball player.

Henare attended Napier Boys' High School and Utah Valley State College. He was part of the Tall Blacks team multiple times and competed for NZ at the U/16, U/18 and U/20 junior levels. He won two New Zealand NBL championships with the Auckland Stars in 1999 and 2000 and competed in the New Zealand NBL All-Star Game in 2001.

Henare competed for New Zealand at the 2001 Goodwill Games in Brisbane and the 2003 FIBA Oceania Championship. He has also competed professionally in FR Yugoslavia in 2002–03 with OKK Beograd.

He was a part of the inaugural New Zealand Breakers team in 2003 and was a New Zealand Breakers co-captain for the 2004–05 season, before becoming the full-time captain for the 2005–06 season. He also played for the Hawke's Bay Hawks of the New Zealand NBL and Bandırma Banvit of the Turkish Basketball League.

In 2009, Henare won his fifth Dave Taylor Trophy while playing for the Christchurch Cougars. The award is given to the season's assist champion, and with his fifth in 2009, he moved two clear of the next best in Kenny McFadden who won the award three times.[1]

Henare retired from professional basketball at the end of the 2010–11 season. He was honoured by becoming the first Breakers player to have his number (32) retired.[2]

Henare coached the Hawke's Bay Hawks during the 2011 and 2012 NBL seasons. He signed to coach the Southland Sharks for the 2013 and 2014 NBL seasons.[3] On 3 June 2013, Henare extended his contract with the Southland Sharks until 2015.[4]

On 2 June 2013, Henare was named an assistant coach of the New Zealand Breakers.[5]

On 30 May 2014, Henare came out of retirement to be the temporary player/coach of the Southland Sharks after multiple players were suspended.[6]

On 16 March 2015, Henare was appointed the head coach of the New Zealand Tall Blacks.[7]

Following the 2015–16 NBL season, Henare was appointed the head coach of the New Zealand Breakers. He stepped down from the role in March 2018.[8][9] In July 2018, he was appointed head coach of the Wellington Saints for the 2019 season.[10]


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