New Zealand Coaching Appointments

The Board of New Zealand Canoe Polo are pleased to announce the following national team coaches for the 2014 World Championships campaign.

Peter Housiaux (Head Coach) and Nick Burnett (Assistant Coach) continue their well established coaching collaboration with the Women’s Squad having now worked together for World Champs, Oceania, and World Games campaigns. These coaches have chosen to have a change in emphasis for the 2014 Tour which will see Pete working more closely with the seniors and Nick having more focus on the U21s.

Steve Hunt retains his now long held position as Head Coach of the Men’s Squad. Steve coached at his first World Champs in Amsterdam in 2006 and the 2014 event will be his fifth as a World Champs coach. Steve is joined by Mike Taylor as Assistant Coach. Steve and Mike formed an effective coaching relationship during the 2013 Oceania Champs campaign that they are looking forward to building on in 2014.

The 2014 World Championships are being held in Thury-Harcourt, France from 24 – 28 September.

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Applications invited for NZ Selector positions

New Zealand Canoe Polo will be selecting teams to compete at the 2014 World Championships in France during September. We are now calling for applications from people interested in filing a NZ selector position. teststarter Selection

panels will be established for the Men’s Squad and the Women’s Squad. Each panel will consist of the respective Head and Assistant Coaches plus one independent selector. To apply for an independent selector position complete and return the application available for downloading below. Applicants need to be available to attend the 2014 National League A Grade Finals Tournament being held in Auckland on 10th & 11th May. Applications close Friday 17th January. C4040-108 NZ Selector Position Application Form

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Membership Comms

New Zealand Canoe Polo is in the process of updating our Communication Plan for 2014. We are seeking input from clubs and members on areas in which we could improve our current communications. We are also seeking feedback on any communication channels which you think have worked well in the past.
Any feedback needs to be received by Friday 24th of January. Please emai Brenda Clayton.



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2014 South Island Schools Championships

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The 5th New Zealand Canoe Polo South Island Schools Championships are being held at the Splash Palace aquatic centre in Invercargill on 2nd &amp; 3rd August.
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Entries should be emailed to and include the following information:

School name

School contact information

Category entered – U19 Open, U15 Open, U19 Girls or U15 Girls Player list – include names and dates of birth

Contact details for person in charge of team (phone and email)

* Ages are at 00:00 1/1/2014 Entries close Friday 4th July.

The entry fee of $100 + GST ($115) per team should be paid by direct credited to 02 0876 0048375 00. Please include your schools name as a reference and ensure this is paid by the 4th July. GST invoices can be provided on request.



• Categories may be combined at the discretion of the organisers if required by entry numbers. Should a low number of entries be received, the event may take the form of a mini tournament and player development.

• Teams must only have players from one school.

• The draw will be sent by email to the team contacts and posted on .

• The pool is booked from 8am – 8pm Saturday and 8am – 3pm Sunday. Depending on entries these hours may be reduced. So please contact me before travel/accommodation is confirmed.

• Hire gear is available from the local Invercargill club @ $5 per player. Payment for gear will be required prior to the first game.

• All teams will be required to assist with duty and refereeing.

• NZCPA rules 2012 will be used, but without the shot clock. (Also no pushing in U15 grade)

• Upper arm covering must be worn – e.g: Rashie, Polyprop top or T-shirt.<a href="">C4040-109</a>

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New Zealand Canoe Polo under-21 team to contest European Cup final

The NZ under 21 mens canoe polo team have made it to the finals of the European Cup being held in Assen, Netherlands this weekend as they build up to the ICF Canoe Polo World Championships in France at the end of the month.

The team, captained by Sam Hapeta of Palmerston North, will come up against Germany following five wins and one loss in their journey to the finals. Ironically, their only defeat in this competition was against Germany with a loss of 5-2 in their first game of the tournament.

They fared better in theirnext games winning against Sweden 10-0, Denmark 5-4, Lithuania 13-3, Poland 8-4 and a tight semi-final against Netherlands 2-1.

Hapeta is upbeat about their chances in the final saying the team are working well together.

“We were a bit rusty in our first game against Germany. We know they are going to be tough in the final but they are beatable”, Hapeta says. “The other teams are scoring from fast breaks rather than getting through our strong defence and we are definitely playing good New Zealand polo which these European teams are not used to.

New Zealand will play Germany overnight (NZ time).

As an amateur sport, each player has had to fundraise the $8000 cost of attending. Next weekend they play in the Breizh Cup in France, the following weekend at the Poppies Tournament in Belgium before arriving in Normandy, France for the World Championship from 22-29 September.

You can follow the team at

The team are:

Junior Paddle Blacks (under-21 men)Sam Hapeta (captain) – Palmerston NorthJordan Hinton – Hawke’s Bay

James Gibb – Auckland

Jade Johnson – Christchurch

Aaron Crabb – Palmerston North

Ollie Maassen – Palmerston North

Max Whitaker-Mills – Palmerston North

Rod McDonald – Auckland



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