Commonwealth Games

Where can I find information about the Commonwealth Games?

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Colour photo of women athletes running in a track and field event at the 2014 Commonwealth Games. They are from different countries.

Image: Commonwealth Games 2014 - Athletics Day 4 by Graham Campbell on Wikimedia Commons.

Entry last updated: 17/08/22


The Commonwealth Games started in 1930 called the British Empire games. After a couple of name changes, they were called the Commonwealth Games in 1978.

Like the Olympic Games, they are held every four years and feature teams from all over the world competing in different sports and athletics events. Unlike the Olympics, teams at the Commonwealth Games must be part of a special group of countries called the Commonwealth of Nations (Commonwealth).

General information

To understand what makes the Commonwealth Games different to other international sporting events, we first need find out what the Commonwealth is. There are other things that make the Games special, including the fact that para-sport events are included rather than having them as their own separate games.

Britannica School

This is an EPIC resource. EPIC is a collection of reliable databases covering lots of different topics, which has been put together especially for New Zealand school students. You may need a password from your school or local library to access it.

Tips: To get to the EPIC resources you will need a password from your school librarian first. Or you can chat with one of our AnyQuestions librarians between 1 and 6pm Monday to Friday and they will help you online. Some EPIC databases may also be available through your public library.

Te Ara: The Encyclopedia of New Zealand

Te Ara is an excellent starting point for all questions about New Zealand Aotearoa. If we scroll down to the bottom of the page we can see that the website belongs to the Ministry for Culture & Heritage, so the information is well-researched and reliable.

Because New Zealand is a member of the Commonwealth of Nations (which used to be called the British Empire), we can find lots of information here.

Tips: We like sites that are from government or other reputable organisations, because we can trust the information. You can sometimes tell these sites by their web address – they might have .gov or .edu in their address – or by looking at their About us or Contact pages.

The Commonwealth Games Federation

This is the official site for the Commonwealth Games. There is a lot of great information here spread over many interesting pages.

  • Go to the tab Nations to find a list of countries that have teams at the games. Select a country to find out more about them eg Tonga.

  • Go to About us and choose Para Sports to get information about the para-sports events.

Tips: Websites that have .com or .co in the address can have good information, but you need to assess how reliable it is. In this case, this is the official site for the event, so the information should be reliable. If in doubt, check the information you find against information on other websites.

New Zealand Olympic Committee

The New Zealand Olympic Committee looks after New Zealand's Olympic and Commonwealth Games teams. It has in-depth information about New Zealand’s athletes, and their performance in the Commonwealth Games.

  • For past and future games involving New Zealand go to Games.

  • You can filter past games by Games Type to only look at the Commonwealth Games.

  • For information about individual athletes select the tab Athletes.

  • Search for an athlete or use the filters down the side.

Current and future games

The following websites have information about current and upcoming Commonwealth Games.

Birmingham 2022

This is the official site for the XXII (22nd) Commonwealth Games held in Birmingham in 2022. Each page has a countdown of how many days, hours, and minutes are left until the games begin.

  • Get information about the different sports featured in the 2022 Commonwealth games by selecting Sports.

  • You can then choose a sport to learn about eg Squash.

  • Find out about the history of the Games by going to About, then About Us, and Our History.

Tips: Many web pages have links to further information or to other recommended sites. Following these links is a great way to find out more. This searching method is called “pearl growing” because you are picking up pieces of sand to make a beautiful pearl!

1News Sport

This is the news site for TVNZ. It has up-to-date information (with a New Zealand focus) about current Commonwealth Games, the athletes, the events, and the results.

  • While the games are happening, you will see more articles linked on the front page.

  • Use the search bar to look up the keywords 'commonwealth games' or to search for athletes or sports you're interested in.


This is the official site for Radio New Zealand. They have articles and more about the Commonwealth Games as they happen.

  • Search for 'Commonwealth Games'.

  • Choose something to read or listen to.

Past games

Commonwealth Games have been held on the following years, in these locations:

  • 1930 Hamilton (Canada)

  • 1934 London (England)

  • 1938 Sydney (Australia)

  • 1950 Auckland (New Zealand)

  • 1954 Vancouver (Canada)

  • 1958 Cardiff (Wales)

  • 1962 Perth (Australia)

  • 1966 Kingston (Jamaica)

  • 1970 Edinburgh (Scotland)

  • 1974 Christchurch (New Zealand)

  • 1978 Edmonton (Canada)

  • 1982 Brisbane (Australia)

  • 1986 Edinburgh (Scotland)

  • 1990 Auckland (New Zealand)

  • 1994 Victoria (Canada)

  • 1998 Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia)

  • 2002 Manchester (England)

  • 2006 Melbourne (Australia)

  • 2010 Delhi (India)

  • 2014 Glasgow (Scotland)

  • 2018 Gold Coast (Australia)

  • 2022 Birmingham (England)

The Commonwealth Games Federation

This site also has information about past Commonwealth Games.

  • Go to the tab Games.

  • Choose a city and year to find out more about those games eg Christchurch 1974.

Digital NZ

DigitalNZ is a search site that focuses on New Zealand history and brings together results from lots of different websites. It’s an easy way of searching online resources from New Zealand libraries, museums, universities and government sites all at once, and has lots of primary sources. The results are grouped by the type of information, like images, videos, newspapers, articles and research papers.

  • Use the search bar to look up the keywords 'commonwealth games' or to search for athletes or sports you're interested in.

  • There can be a lot of results, so use the tabs across the page to narrow your search by information type eg videos.


A great website for information about New Zealand Aotearoa. If we go all the way down the page we can see that the website belongs to the Ministry for Culture & Heritage, so the information is well researched and reliable.

  • Search for 'commonwealth games'.

  • Select the box that says commonwealth games to bring up a list of events in history and articles.


You can read books about the Commonwealth Games or the sports that are played at the games. Check out your local or school library to see what they have. Here's some that we found:

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