Peter Belliss
Personal information
Birth namePeter James Belliss
Born (1951-11-12) 12 November 1951 (age 70)
Wanganui, New Zealand
RelativesMoke Belliss (grandfather)
CountryNew Zealand
SportLawn bowls
ClubAramoho Bowling Club
Medal record
Men's lawn bowls
Representing  New Zealand
World Outdoor Bowls Championships
Gold medal – first place 1984 Aberdeen Men's singles
Gold medal – first place 1988 Auckland Men's doubles
Gold medal – first place 2000 Johannesburg Men's triples
Bronze medal – third place 2000 Johannesburg Men's fours
Commonwealth Games
Bronze medal – third place 1994 Victoria men's fours
Bronze medal – third place 1982 Brisbane men's singles
Asia Pacific Bowls Championships
Bronze medal – third place 1991 Kowloon singles
Bronze medal – third place 1991 Kowloon pairs
Gold medal – first place 1995 Dunedin triples
Gold medal – first place 1995 Dundein fours
Gold medal – first place 1997 Warilla triples
Gold medal – first place 1997 Warilla fours

Peter James Belliss MBE (born 12 November 1951) is a former lawn bowls player for New Zealand.[1]


Belliss was born in Wanganui in 1951, attending (and playing rugby football at) Wanganui Boys' College. He started playing in the 1970s in the Aramaho (Wanganui) club; Joseph Romanos called him The young Turk of lawn bowls. He had been a railways fitter, and in 1982 was the first New Zealand lawn bowler to turn professional.

Bowls career

At the World Bowls Championships, Belliss won the 1984 singles in Aberdeen against local player Willie Wood, the 1988 pairs with Rowan Brassey, and men's triples with Brassey and Andrew Curtain at the 2000 World Outdoor Bowls Championship in Johannesburg.[2]

He has competed at four Commonwealth Games: 1982 (winning bronze), 1994 (winning bronze), 1998, and 2002; missing 1986 as a professional and 1990 as he had played in South Africa five years previously.[3]

He won six medals at the Asia Pacific Bowls Championships including four gold medals[4] and in 1983 and 1989, he won the Hong Kong International Bowls Classic singles title.[5]

He won the 1981, 1986 and 1992 singles titles, the 1992 and 1995 pairs titles, and the 2009, 2014/15 and 2016/17 fours titles at the New Zealand National Bowls Championships when bowling for the Aramoho Bowling Club.[6]


He was a coach at the 2006 Commonwealth Games.


In the 1988 Queen's Birthday Honours, Belliss was appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire, for services to bowls.[7] In 2013, Belliss was an inaugural inductee into the Bowls New Zealand Hall of Fame.[8]


  1. ^ "Athletes and Results". Commonwealth Games Federation.
  2. ^ "Peter Belliss". Bowls Tawa.
  4. ^ "Asia Pacific Championships Past Winners" (PDF). World Bowls. Retrieved 31 May 2021.
  5. ^ "HK Classic winners Men Singles". HKLBA. Retrieved 7 June 2021.
  6. ^ "New Zealand Championships". Bowls Tawa.
  7. ^ "No. 51367". The London Gazette (3rd supplement). 11 June 1988. p. 34.
  8. ^ "Bowls legends honoured at inaugural Hall of Fame celebration". Bowls New Zealand. 2013. Archived from the original on 22 August 2016. Retrieved 5 August 2016.