According to the Oxford English Dictionary, Bridge is the English pronunciation of a game called 'Biritch', which was also known as Russian Whist. Forms of Bridge in many variants have been played for centuries.The modern game largely emerged following rule changes proposed by  Harold Vanderbilt in 1925, which were designed to make the game more challenging, interesting and balanced. The New Zealand Bridge Association governs the game in New Zealand as a member of the World Bridge Foundation (WBF).

About NZ Bridge

The New Zealand Contract Bridge Association was formed in 1936 and is the official body for contract bridge in New Zealand. It is a member of the South Pacific Zone of the World Bridge Federation.


To provide quality leadership and service to our members.

Mission Statement

To foster, promote and govern the game of Contract Bridge and the participation of players in New Zealand.

Our Sponsors
  • Tauranga City Council
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  • NZB Foundation