With the revamping of National Provincial Championship in 2005 it was decided that the 12 minor unions had to be passed to a new born competition.
It assignes 2 trophies every year: the Meads Cup for the winner of the competition and the Lochore Cup for the best team not qualified for final phase.
www.heartlandchampionship.co.nz - Heartland Championship official site.
www.rugbyhistory.co.nz - Site about New Zealand rugby history.
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rugby_union_in_New_Zealand - Wikipedia pages about rugby in New Zealand.
Every site was scanned using also web.archive.org