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


May 2020

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

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

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

23rd May: NZCPA AGM

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: CANCELLED – 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: POSTPONED – 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 https://federations.canoeicf.com or

Sport Canada TV website https://sportscanada.tv.

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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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2017 Award Recipients

On the 9th April 2018 NZCPA honored our players and administrators for their excellence and contribution for our sport in the 2017 year at the annual awards evening. Although being lower key than last year, 124 members attended this evening.

We would like to congratulate the following people for earning their awards, and all of our members so such a successful 2017.

Most Valuable Administrator: Megan Bolton
Most Valuable Coach: Luke Anderson
Most Valuable Referee: Andi Fear-Ross

NZCPA Player Awards:

U18 Men:
Player Potential Award: Joshua Vivian
Players Player Awards: Liam Ward
Most Valuable Player Award: Patrick Bould

U18 Women:
Player Potential Award: Ava White
Players Player Awards: Krista McJarrow-Keller
Most Valuable Player Award: Casey Hales

U21 Men:
Player Potential Award: Liam Bowden
Players Player Awards: Connor Taylor
Most Valuable Player Award: Connor Taylor

U21 Women:
Player Potential Award: Hayley Cameron
Players Player Awards: Kate Blincoe
Most Valuable Player Award: Kate Blincoe

Veteran Open:
Players Player Award: Carl Massarotto

Masters Open:
Players Player Award: Lincoln Mackay

Senior Men:
Players Player Awards: Jed Graham

Most Valuable Player Award: Nevan Hadley

Senior Women:
Players Player Awards: Erin Moore
Most Valuable Player Award: Erin Moore

Photo’s of the awards evening can be found at https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1vr1XpkALTzqTRZ0xNRfBiCdasbkjgQxe

Photo credits Samuel Russell

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