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2019 Oceania Championships Squad Information and Applications

2019 Squad Applications

NZCPA are now seeking applications for the following Squads for the 2019 Oceania Championship campaign:

  • NZ Men’s Squad (up to 6 teams to be selected: NZ Senior A & B; NZ U21 A & B; NZ U18 A & B)
  • NZ Women’s Squad (up to 6 teams to be selected: NZ Senior A & B; NZ U21 A & B; NZ U18 A & B)
  • NZ Veteran’s / Master’s (over 30 and over 45 teams to be selected depending on interest)

Applications must strictly be returned by the 31st October 2018 using the following link:

2019 Oceania Championships Player Application Form

Payment of a $100 application fee is required. NZCPA Squad account: 02 0876 0048375 002

Further information can be found:

2019 Oceania Championship Campaign Information

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2019 Oceania Championships Applications for Coaching Positions

Squad Coaching (due 14th October 2018)

NZCPA is looking to appoint coaching staff for the 2019 Oceania Championships campaign. The following coaching positions will be appointed:

  • Men’s Squad: Head Coach, Assistant Coach, U18 Coach
  • Women’s Squad: Head Coach, Assistant Coach, U18 Coach
  • Veterans/Masters Squad Coach

Further information can be found in the campaign information document.

2019 Oceania Championships Campaign Information

2019 Position Description Team Coach

2019 Position Description Assistant Coach

2019 Position Description U18 Team Coach

2019 Position Description Vets and Masters Team Coach

2019 NZ Coach Application Form

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Cameron Butler Stepping Down From Board

Unfortunately the board has recently received the resignation of Cameron Butler from his position on the board. Cameron was the longest serving member, having been involved on and off for the past 12 years. In recent times Cameron has focused particularly on Health and Safety. Cameron is leaving the board to focus on his family, overseeing the building of his new home and of course his Polo Mania business. I am sure we will all see him at most polo events still. Stop by and thank him for his many years of volunteering.

The Board will request a Special General Meeting to vote a replacement for Cameron shortly.

Thank you

James Mitchell

Cam Butler
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Upcoming Events


January 2019

19th-20th January: Quarry Champs – Auckland

February 2019

2nd-3rd Feb: Atahua Cup – Palmerston North

23th-24th Feb: Art Deco Comp – Backpaddock Lakes, Takapau

March 2019

2nd-3rd March: A Grade 1 National League – Lake Roto-Kohatu, Christchurch

9th-10th March: Secondary Schools Regional Qualifiers

16th-17th March: B Grade 1 National League – Lake Roto-Kohatu, Christchurch

16th-17th March: C&D Grade 1 National League – NI – Hokowhitu Lagoon, Palmerston North

16th-17th March: C&D Grade 1 National League – SI – Lake Roto-Kohatu, Christchurch

29th, 30th & 31st March: National Secondary School Champs

April 2019

6th-7th April: A Grade 2 National League, Hokowhitu Lagoon, Palmerston North

13th-14th April: B Grade 2 National League – Quarry Lake, Auckland

13th-14th April: C&D Grade 2 – NI – Quarry Lake, Auckland

13th April: Board meeting to be held

19th, 20th, 21st & 22nd April: Inter State Championships – Penrith Whitewater Stadium, Sydney

25th, 26th & 27th April: Oceania Championships –  Penrith Whitewater Stadium, Sydney

May 2019

4th-5th May: C&C Grade 2 – SI – Moana Pool, Dunedin

10th, 11th & 12th May: A Grade Finals –  Waterworld, Hamilton

17th, 18th & 19th May: B Grade Finals – Otaki Pool, Otaki

18th May: AGM to be held – Otaki

June 2019

1st, 2nd & 3rd June: C Grade Finals – Wellington Regional Aquatic Center (Kilbirnie Pool)

July 2019

20th-21st July: Development Camp – Wellington Regional Aquatic Centre Kilbirnie

31st July-4th Aug: U21 development teams compete in Irish International Canoe Polo Open, Ireland

August 2019

9th-11th Aug: South Island Secondary Schools Championships – Oamaru

10th & 11th Aug: U21 development teams compete in De Paddle Tournament, Belgium

September 2019

21st-22nd Sept: WCPA Solstice – Wellington Regional Aquatic Centre Kilbirnie

October 2019

12th-13th Oct: Central Selection Inter Regional – Wellington Regional Aquatic Centre Kilbirnie

26th-27th Oct: Inter Regional Championships – Quarry Lake, Auckland


September 2020

8th-13th Sept: ICF Canoe Polo World Championships – Rome, Italy

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Horowhenua Shines on World Stage

Horowhenua shines on world stage

By Colleen Sheldon

Photo caption: Former Horowhenua College student Kate Bolton is flagbearer for the New Zealand Canoe Polo team competing in Canada this week.

Photo credit: New Zealand Paddle Pix/Colleen Sheldon

The opening of the 2018 ICF Canoe Polo World Championships in Canada was an opportunity to shine for a long-time Horowhenua athlete.

Kate Bolton, 34, carried the flag across the red carpet in front of thousands of spectators on Sunday evening at the Merritt Ampitheatre in Welland, Canada.

She was a member of the NZ team which won the World Championships in Sicily in 2016 and this  World Champs campaign is her third.

Bolton has also competed at two World Games and numerous Oceania Championships.

There is strong support for New Zealand with a 32-strong New Zealand team, as well as coaches, managers and about 50 family members in tow.

Coming from a well-known canoe polo family in Horowhenua, Kate is joined by sisters Julie Bolton and Erin Moore as three of eight members of the New Zealand Paddle Ferns, our senior women’s team.

Her parents Peter and Megan Bolton are heavily involved with Horowhenua Canoe Polo Club, Central Canoe Polo Association and New Zealand Canoe Polo Association, and her brother Thomas Bolton captained the NZ under-21 men’s team at a previous World Championship.

Mr Bolton snr said he was hugely proud of his daughter and to see Horowhenua represented on the world stage.

“A lot of credit goes to Horowhenua College for nurturing many canoe polo players all the way to international competition and success.

“It is a great sport and fantastic to see New Zealand punching above its weight.”

The New Zealand Paddle Ferns start their competition on Wednesday morning where livestream supporters can view at home in the early hours of Thursday morning.

New Zealand is 16 hours ahead of Canada and supporters at home can livestream games at two sites:

ICF website or

Sport Canada TV website

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Communications Director Appointed

Kat Graham

NZCPA have the great pleasure to announce the appointment of Kat Graham into the role as Communications Director. I’m sure you’ll all share our excitement to have new energy and passion added to our core volunteers.

Canoe Polo plays a large role in Kats life, supporting her husband Jed at national and international competitions. Kat has been supervising the Paddle Blacks website and social media for 2 years. She also manages the communications and social media at her work. Kat has never played Canoe Polo, instead prefers to watch and socialise from the side lines.

Congratulations Kat


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Paddle Ferns Coach Appointed

NZCPA has appointed Phil Hart as the Coach for the 2018 Paddle Ferns. We wish Phil and the team all the best for defending their World title at the 2018 World Championships in Welland, Canada. We also wish to gratefully acknowledge the excellent work of our interim coaches Andi Fear-Ross and Greg Oke, thank you.

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