The academy, based at Turanga Ararau will see its first 25 students go live next month and become part of an already international academy order of merit system within the JDC. 

The students will continue to develop under the watchful eye of Academy Manager Kiri Hawea and her team. 


“The Tao Matarau Dart programme was created to provide positive opportunities within a safe environment for all junior and youth players. Within this programme darts is not the only thing children learn and are involved in. The programme integrates the Maori culture, teaching of the Haka (the Maori war dance) and Maori songs that assist in the children learning their culture and where they are from” commented Kiri.  

We first started researching the JDC over 6 months ago and found that there are many opportunities and advantages of being associated to them. We are hopeful that in the future more doors may open for our juniors and this is just the start” Kiri added.


Darren Barson JDC Director of Operations commented, “ we are really looking forward to welcoming Kiri and Matiu to the JDC family and of course the wonderful students of the Tao Matarau Darts Academy. We hope the academy will enjoy being part of the JDC and the team enjoy watching the players grow their ability using the JDC scoring academy system. Its also great to see that darts has no boundaries and we can offer the opportunities to all children around the world to join in and have fun learning the game”. 


The Tao Matarau DA will go live in the 3rd season of the JDC calendar together with Lampeter DA in Wales, Tewkesbury DA and Plymouth DA in England. The scores will be live on the JDC scoring system next month. If you would like any information on these academies feel free to email on the address below. 

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