2021 World Championship Teams and Squads Disband from Competition

The NZCPA board of directors has made the decision to disband our two selected U21 teams and the two Senior training squads for the delayed World championships due to be held in April 2021. This decision was made in consultation with our player groups, coaches and management.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank all our players, coaches and managers for their dedication to teams and squads. Especially those long hours training and planning over the last few uncertain months since the COVID-19 pandemic caused the postponement of the 2020 World Champs to 2021. NZCPA will ensure that the two named teams will be recorded in the NZCPA yearly report and our history.
NZCPA will continue to engage with ICF around any future planning to host the World Championships in October 2021; their cancellation and the implications of these decisions. We will continue to consult our stakeholders to share in this process.
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Competition Guidelines for Level 2 (Covid-19)

NZCPA has worked with Sport New Zealand to come up with specific guidelines for operating our competitions under level 2 (COVID-19) restrictions. In short; in the event we go back to level 2 restrictions we should be able to host competitions like School Nationals and the Club Championships. However these events would then be required to operate under more restrictive operating conditions to ensure everyone’s heath and safety. In the event of a level 2 lockdown players, teams, officials and spectators will be expected to abide by these instructions. 

NZCPA Level 2 COVID-19 Competition Guideline 2 Oct 2020

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2020 Development Camp “Road to 2025” Player, Coaches, Referees and Managers Application Forms

Use these forms to apply for the 2020 Development Camp ‘Road to 2025’. Those players wishing to trial for Oceania 2021 should attend this camp (unless you are currently or have been previously selected in a World Championships team).  If you intend to put your name forward as a Coach, Referee or Manager for 2021 Oceania Championships then it is advisable that you attend this development camp.

The closing date for applications is Friday 6th November 2020 at 6pm

2020 Development Camp “Road to 2025” Player Application Form

2020 Development Camp “Road to 2025” Application form – for Coaches, Referees and Managers

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2020 South Island Secondary School Results


Senior Girls
1st – James Hargest College
2nd – Middleton Grange School SG
3rd – Middleton Grange School JG
4th – Blue Mountain A
5th – Blue Mountain B

Senior Open
1st – Middleton Grange School A
2nd – Dunstan College A
3rd – Middleton Grange School B
4th – South Island Combined Team
5th – Dunstan College B
6th – James Hargets

Junior Girls
1st – Middleton Grange High School JG

Junior Open
1st – Middleton Grange School
2nd – Dunstan College
3rd – Shirley Boys High School
4th – Christchurch Combined Team

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Funding Manager Appointment

We are extremely pleased to announce that our funding manager position has been filled by Rachael Macky.
Rachael is more widely known in the canoe polo community as ‘Zanes Mum’.
She has been involved in canoe polo for the past 7 years.
She started off managing an Intermediate school team and is now also on the Hawke’s Bay committee as the funding officer.
Massive congratulations Rachael, we are excited you’ve taken on this role and can’t wait to see what you achieve. Good luck on behalf of all our membership.
Rachael can be contacted on nzcpafunding@gmail.com
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Squad Manager Appointment

We are pleased to announce that Meryn Hinton has been appointed as the new Squads Manager.
Meryn has been involved in canoe polo administration since 2010 when she was involved in forming Havelock North Canoe Polo Club at HNHS.
Meryn’s management experience:
– CPHB overall Squad Manager National League 2012-2014,
– Assistant Manager for the NZ U21 Women at World Champs 2016 in Sicily,
– NZ Women’s Squad Manager for 2017 Oceania Champs,
– NZ U21 Women’s and Senior Women’s Manager for World Champs in Canada 2018,
– NZ U21 Development Men’s Manager for Junior International Tournament in Ireland and Belgium 2019.
Congratulations Meryn.
Meryn can be contacted via nzcpasquadsdirector@gmail.com
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Board Member Appointment

We are extremely happy to announce the appointment of Olliver Maassen to our board of directors.
Ollie started playing canoe polo at Palmerston North Boys High School in 2009. In 2013, he was selected to the NZ under 21 team, coming first at that years Oceania tournament in Christchurch. In 2014 and 2016, Ollie represented the under 21 team at the World Championships in France and Italy, coming 4th and 6th respectively.
In 2015, Ollie moved to Wellington to study a Bachelor of Law and Arts. He graduated in 2020 and now works as a law graduate in Wellington City.
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Coaching Managers Appointment

We are pleased to announce this role has been filled as a shared partnership between Jacqui Frost and Dean Hepburn.

Jacqui has a long association with polo. Most of you will know her as Frosty’s wife or Liam’s
mum. Currently she is working with Kiwi in the role of Coaching Coordinator. She has a
degree in Accountancy, and then gained a Post Graduate Diploma to become a primary
school teacher. She is a team leader and specializes in developing and delivering resilience
programs. Jacqui is also currently undertaking further education in educational
Jacqui’s passion is in empowering teams and in developing people.

Dean is a graduate of the Bachelor of Recreation and Sport at E.I.T Hawke’s Bay, where he
focused intensely on sports coaching and the development of sport. While there his focus
was on road cycling where he helped develop and deliver the Introduction to Road Cycling
program for Cycling New Zealand. He also manages and coaches endurance athletes from
elite to juniors and has helped develop junior cycling within Hawke’s Bay. Dean has also
coached hockey and studied the biomechanics of sports including basketball which
correlates well into canoe polo. He currently coaches canoe polo at Havelock North High
School, with managing and coaching the Senior B boys and assists the Senior Girls coaching
team as an endurance coach.
Dean’s passion within this role is to develop technical coaching capability and deliver a
pathway for coaching development.

Together, we want to ensure our coaches are well resourced and supported at every level of
Canoe Polo. Ensuring that we have a nationwide network of coaches that have a culture of
learning and development is a key component of this. We are looking forward to working
alongside our coaches to develop these areas.

Jacqui and Dean can be contacted on nzcpacoaching@gmail.com

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Canoe Polo in Level 2 – Covid 19

We have referenced Sport NZ documentation as our primary source:


If you are unsure how to implement these guidelines, or have any other questions, please get in touch: nzcpaexecdirector@gmail.com

Alert Level 2 – Return to training and play flow chart – 10 person limit

Alert Level 2 – Guidelines for return to training and games

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