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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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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