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NZCPA High Performance Manager Appointment

It gives us great pleasure to announce that Greg Oke has been appointed to the High Performance manager role.

This is a new role within NZCPA and Greg will be on a 1 year term. The reasoning for the 1 year term is so we can develop the role, set processes and have a clear structure in place before we then go through the formal advertising process in 2021.

Greg has an abundance of experience in canoe polo and other sports:
– Head Coach FAHS 7 years
– Coached Kiwi teams A, B and C grade
– Selector for NZCPA current and past
– Board Director NZCPA ( 4 years)
– Development officer Kiwi Canoe Polo
– Coached Centrals Development
– Regional Referee.
– Current B Grade open player (Vikings Rust)
– Involved with the Olympic and Commonwealth games from a health provider and athlete services role 2004, 2006 ,2008, 2010 games
– Represented NZ at Slalom and White water racing
– Rep NZ Canoe Polo Masters. Oceania

Greg has a passion for high performance sport and its growth and delivery.
He is keenly aware of the needs of developing players at all ages and has a strong understanding of the pressure at high performance levels.

He is committed to clarifying our current framework and looking at the needs of our athletes and sport into the future.

He is open to dialogue with all stakeholders in this process and believes in a strong, representative, ethical and inclusive culture that underpins our program.

He believes in providing a pathway for our athletes to excel on the world stage with no barriers.
Greg would like to see Canoe Polo in the Olympic Games as a core canoe sport with NZ strongly represented in the medals.

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Corona Virus Update 20.3.20 – 2020 National League Championships CANCELLED

Re. Coronavirus (COVID 19) National Competitions

To our membership, parents, guardians and supporters,

New Zealand Canoe Polo Association regret to announce that due to the escalating Covid 19 situation, we have made the socially responsible decision to cancel the 2020 National League. Whilst we feel we could have held the upcoming rounds based upon the government’s guidelines and advice; prudence does seem to be the better course of action. Our main priority is the well-being of all membership, their families and the wider community.

The Annual awards dinner due to be held in conjunction with A-grade (Hawkes Bay) in late April will be cancelled. The hosting of the AGM during the A-grade finals will need to be postponed and alternative arrangements made.

The Executive will be working through all the implications and trying to mitigate the impact across our Association. We understand that this decision also impacts on the selection process and training structures of some of our NZ teams. We will continue to work with the coaching and management staff to find suitable solutions. Expect further information to come through our usual channels in the coming weeks.

Our advice to our member clubs and regional bodies would be to suspend all large-scale leagues. Should clubs wish to continue to hold local competitions we advise them to record all attendees (players and supporters) to enable traceability should transmission occur. Keep in contact with your local sporting bodies for the most up to date advice around when it may be suitable to resume these.

Keep safe and sanitise, look after those that are vulnerable and follow the latest government advice.

Thank you

James MItchell
Executive Director- NZCPA
On behalf of the Board of Directors and the Executive Council.

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Corona Virus Update 18.3.20 – National Secondary Schools Postponed

Unfortunately with the recent advice received from the ministry of health re: Covid-19, we regret to advise that the board of School Sport NZ have suspended all sporting events in the upcoming national secondary school sports calendar. This is extremely unfortunate timing and our schools manager is so disappointed that we can’t bring to you the secondary school canoe polo nationals for 2020 in a couple of weeks time.
Kelly will continue to work with School Sport NZ in the background to determine if this can be postponed to a later date and regardless will provide an update as soon as we know more.
Please if you have any questions, feel free to email Kelly at and she will respond as soon as possible.
However, congratulations to the two regions who held their qualifying competitions over the weekend. There were some absolutely fantastic results!
Thanks for your understanding.
Kelly Hepburn
Schools Manager
New Zealand Canoe Polo Assn
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Applications for Coaching Manager Position

The New Zealand Canoe Polo Association Board is calling for applications for the volunteer position of Coaching Manager, after our current one stepping down from the position. Please see the position description.

The successful appointee will be required to deliver coaching courses to NZCPA community, maintain the coaching database and select and support national coaching staff.

Applications to be sent to

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Applications for Squads Manager Position

The New Zealand Canoe Polo Association Board is calling for applications for the volunteer position of Squads Manager. Please see the position description.

The successful appointee will be required to lead the voluntary squad management team in the organisation and preparation for the international campaigns and multiple other activities.

The successful applicant is likely to have the following key attributes:

  • excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • a demonstrated ability to develop relationships with volunteers and members.
  • proven ability to maintain accurate financial records and prepare budgets.
  • project management and organisational skills.
  • good problem-solving skills.

Applications to be sent to

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Referee Manager Appointment

Referee Manager Appointment

NZCPA would like to announce the appointment of Darren Austin to the executive as the Referee Manager.

This referee manager role is about the process of managing our referee qualification process and other referee administration and directing people to the right place. This role is not about the rules.

Darren is a Senior Football referee and an International Taekwondo referee so it made sense after his oldest child Kase and now his youngest daughter having both been actively involved in the sport at a national level, he felt the timing is right to share his experience and knowledge with NZCPA.

Darren is able to be contacted on

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Coaching Director Appointment

NZCPA would like to announce the appointment of Dean Hepburn to the executive as the Coaching Director. This role has long been unfilled and we are excited to have Dean take on this challenge to create a coaching structure and bring leadership to our coaching development. Dean brings professional coaching qualifications as well as experience coaching Cycling, hockey, basketball and recently taking up Canoe Polo coaching. Our Clubs and regions can expect dean to contact then shortly as he begins his role. Dean is able to be contacted on

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Applications for Funding Director Position

NZCPA is looking for a funding superstar. We are looking at someone to oversee the funding applications on behalf of our association. This role is critical for the association to meet its current objectives, without this we will need to either revisit association costs and/or membership levies. We are open to the role being shared.

Please contact the NZCPA Executive Director to apply or for further information.

Role position details: Funding Director Role Description 

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