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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 2020

5th-7th Jan: NZ Worlds U21 Women training camp (3 day camp) – Palmerston North 

11th-12th Jan: NZ Worlds Senior Men and U21 Men training camp – Palmerston North

12th Jan: National League Entries Close (All grades)

18th-19th Jan: Quarry Champs – Auckland

February 2020

1st-2nd Feb: Atahua Cup – Palmerston North (NL Challenge tournament)

1st-2nd Feb: NZ U21 Women Selections – Atahua, Palmerston North

8th-9th Feb: NZ Senior Women training camp – Otaki

15th-16th Feb: Art Deco Champs – Hawke’s Bay

15th-16th Feb: NZ U21 Men Selections – Art Deco Champs, Hawke’s Bay

29th Feb-1st March: National League – C Grade, Round 1 – NI – Hokowhitu Lagoon, Palmerston North

March 2020

7th-8th March: National League – B & C Grade, Round 1 – SI – Lake Roto-Kohatu, Christchurch

14th-15th March: Schools Regionals

21st-22nd March: NZ Senior Men Training Camp – Hawke’s Bay

21st-22nd March: NZ U21 Women’s Training Camp – Hawke’s Bay

28th-29th March: National League – A Grade, Round 1 – Lake Roto-Kohatu, Christchurch

28th-29th March: NZ Senior Women Selections – NL A Grade, Christchurch

April 2020

3rd-5th April: NZ Secondary Schools Champs – Makino

10th-12th April: NZ U21 Men Training Camp – Hawke’s Bay

18th-19th April: National League – B & C Grade, Round 2 – NI – Quarry Lake, Auckland

25th April: NZCPA Awards – HB Golf Club, Hastings

25th-26th April: National League – A Grade, Round 2 – Mitre 10 Park, Hastings

May 2020

2nd-3rd May: National League – C Grade, Round 2 – SI – Splash Palace, Invercargill

8th-10th May: National League – B Grade, Round 3 & Finals – WRAC Pool, Wellington

22nd-24th May: National League – A Grade, Round 3 & Finals – Waterworld Pool, Hamilton

30th-31st May: NZ Senior Women Training Camp – Otaki

30th, 31st May – 1st June: NZ U21 Men Training Camp (3 days) – venue TBC

30th, 31st May – 1st June: National League – C Grade, Round 3 & Finals – WRAC Pool, Wellington

June 2020

27th-28th June: NZ Senior Women Training Camp Proposed (Hopefully with U21 Women too) – TBC

July 2020

25th-26th July: NZ Senior Women Training Camp Proposed (Hopefully with U21 Women too) – TBC

August 2020

7th-9th Aug: South Island Secondary School Championship – Oamaru

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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