2016 World Championships Coaches and Managers

NZCPA are pleased to announce the following selections for the 2016 World Championships campaign. Men’s Manager: Lisa Hunt Men’s Head Coach: Steve Hunt Men’s assistant coach: Mike Taylor Women’s Manager: Jane Bertleson Women’s Coaches: TBC Overall Squad Manager: Jane Bertleson We are confident that with the support of the coaches and managers the teams will continue to build on the success of the 2014 World Championships.

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New Zealand canoe polo teams Dominate at Oceania Championships

Jed Graham NZ Mens captain - Julian Carter Memorial Trophy

Six out of seven of the New Zealand representative canoe polo teams took away gold this weekend at the Oceania Championships, held at Nagambie Lakes, Victoria, Australia.

New Zealand was represented in seven categories, under 18, under 21, and senior teams for both men and women, as well as an open masters team. With such a stellar performance New Zealand managed to bring home the Julian Carter Memorial trophy which Australia claimed at the last Oceania Championships held in 2013.

Senior mens captain Jed Graham said “The almost perfect tournament to be a kiwi! Taking out all but one division on Aussie soil was a brilliant display of dominance.” “We went over to reclaim the trophy and did so in emphatic style. Every NZ player performed at a world beating level to put the results beyond doubt.”

Coach of the NZ women’s team Peter Housiaux commented ‘it was a pleasure being a part of the Oceania Campaign and with such an awesome bunch of young Woman, the future for NZ Canoe Polo is looking very bright with the talent we have coming through. They should all be holding their heads high, there was some extremely good polo played over the 3 days’. Housiaux also commends his co coach Kate Bolton for her effort and excellent coaching skills.

Housiaux also stated that this ‘is an outstanding achievement in any sport and is encouraging for prospective New Zealand Teams and in particular with the World Championships coming up in 2016’.

From here the New Zealand teams start their build up for the 2016 World Championship campaign, which will be held in Syracuse, Italy.

The squads aim to improve on its impressive results from the 2014 World Championships which saw the under 21 womens team come away with the bronze medal. The senior women and under 21 mens team both placing 4th overall. And the senior mens team moving up 6 positions to rank 7th in the world.

The Oceania teams are below:

u18 Men
Jayden Currie Palmerston North
Jake Devlin Palmerston North
Harry Dickons Palmerston North
Ethan Flanders Hawkes Bay
Nicholas Jolly Palmerston North
Donovan Lewis Palmerston North
Karl McMurtie Auckland
Wilson Pearse Hawkes Bay

u18 Women
Frances Bacon Horowhenua
Georgia Bryan Hawkes Bay
Monique Corson Palmerston North
Alexia Hinton Hawkes Bay
India McJarrow-Keller Palmerston North
Hana-Tia Ross Hawkes Bay
Abbie Sawkins Wairarapa

u21 Men
AJ (Andrew) Bowden Hawkes Bay
James Gilroy Horowhenua
Max Mason Horowhenua
Alex Nieuwenhuis Palmerston North
Joseph Scott Christchurch
Connor Taylor Hawkes Bay
Liam Warren Hawkes Bay
Ryan Warren Hawkes Bay

u21 Women
Kelsie Campbell Palmerston North
Sian Fendall Palmerston North
Shenee Nicholson Otaki
Lydia Nuttall Christchurch
Jordyn Pfeiler Otaki
Lara Pritchard Palmerston North
Lucia Stettner Christchurch
Kelsey Wilde Palmerston North

Andy Candy Auckland
Greg Oke Palmerston North
Ritchie Telfer Christchurch
Sean Thompson Christchurch
William Turvey Hawkes Bay
Aaron Vazey Auckland

Senior Men
Aaron Crabb Palmerston North
Jason Dalziell Palmerston North
Jed Graham Christchurch
Mitch Graham Christchurch
Nevan Hadley Palmerston North
Sam Hapeta Palmerston North
Matt Keong Palmerston North
Alex Lowen Auckland

Senior Women
Cat Jeffries Otaki
Jess Nugteren Christchurch
Gemma Potaka Wellington
Ella Richardson Hawkes Bay
Britney Rolston Palmerston North
Nicole Symons Christchurch
Sophie Winton Palmerston North

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NZCPA Equipment Guidelines for 2015

NZCPA Equipment Guidelines 2015

Applies to DOMESTIC competitions only (Does not apply to Oceania)

The NZCPA Board has spent some time discussing the scrutineering of Canoe Polo equipment for competitions in New Zealand. This has become topical following the issues at the 2014 World Championships and the rule changes since then.

2015 All grades (A/B/C/Schools) should expect scrutineering. Kayaks need to comply with the safety rules. This effectively means all boats must have legal bumpers, no sharp bolts etc. The full requirements are in appendix 2 (pg. 76) of the 2015 rules . (Note – these are the MINIMUM).

While some more detailed scrutineering of kayaks is very likely occur, the full compliance with profiles and curves will not be enforced by NZCPA this year in these competitions, as long as the scrutineers consider there is no danger to players.

Paddles, PFD’s, facemasks and helmets will be scrutineered. Where they are identified to not comply with the current rules this will be pointed out. They will be allowed currently if not unsafe in the opinion of the scrutineers.

2016 National league A grade – full compliance with all the ICF scrutineering rules for all equipment is required – if your gear is found to be illegal it will not pass scrutineering and cannot be

2016 B/C/Schools grades – this has yet to be finalised. Full compliance with the safety rules regarding bumpers / helmets facemasks, PFD’s and paddles should be expected.

There is no expectation currently that full compliance for boats will be required until after 2017, and possibly not for the lower grades for even longer.


There are changes to the requirements for various equipment including helmets / facemasks and PFD’s. Just because your equipment has passed before does not mean it will now comply.

There is one estimate that bumpers lose 10-20% or their volume per year…..Scrutineer your equipment or teams equipment BEFORE turning up at a competition.

If you are buying new equipment CHECK THAT IT COMPLIES first. Don’t just expect that a new bumper = a legal bumper. Don’t chop them down excessively or compress them with tape.

The final judges are the scrutineers, but it is YOUR responsibility to ensure your equipment complies with the standards as outlined – they are the MINIMUMS!

Sean Thomson

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2017 Rule Changes

Those of you who have been playing or reffing in the recent competitions I’m sure will be aware that ICF polo have made rule changes which took effect on 01/01/2017.

You can find them on this page https://www.canoeicf.com/sites/default/files/canoe_polo_rules_2017.pdf  there’s an option there – track changes – which will show where they’ve changed.

Some of these could have been more clearly written and may be controversial.

While we’ll all have our own opinions, its important to remember that they are done with the best of intentions to try to improve the game. Who remembers when sideline throws had to go backwards….? or that you could rest the 5 seconds by throwing the ball up 1m and catching it again…..?

The main changes are as outlined in this link which I’d encourage all players and refs to watch (all vocal sideline commentators too….).http://www.canoeicf.com/static/2015/story.html

A bit of an overview of playing rule changes:

New restart after goal (rule 59) – note the ball now needs to be presented.

No more “chickenwings” (rule 64)

There is a new signal for illegal hand tackle / illegal holding – fist pump (rule 65 + 69)

Signal change for illegal jostle

There are signal changes for illegal restarts –  this is worth looking at  – basically no-one used the correct signal previously and it could be confusing to players, so it would be good to start getting this right.

End of period of play – if the ball is in flight its now allowed to go to completion – so now you can score a goal after the timekeepers signal (rule 77)

I’m sure it’ll take a while to start using these correctly – I know it will for me. I’d encourage everyone to help each other by correcting refs signals – at the appropriate time and place and in the appropriate manner.

While the link above gives a good outline of the new restart after goal (rule 59) its worth emphasising some points

The ref still controls the restart

The defenders do have 10-15 secs to get back onside without fear of being accused of deliberately delaying, but if the refs ready and the attackers are ready and 3 defenders are onside and its in that general time frame, play can start – THE REF CONTROLS THE RESTART.

If you’re an attacker and you want to restart asap, get the ball to a stationary player on the 1/2 way line, keep the rest of your players in your own half, present the ball and WAIT until the whistle goes….

Sean Thomson
NZCPA Referees Director

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2015 NZ teams announced for Oceania

New Zealand Canoe Polo is pleased to announce the following teams who will be representing our sport and our country at the upcoming Oceania Championships in April.  Well done players.

Team Name Club
u18 Men Jayden Currie Kiwi
Jake Devlin Kiwi
Harry Dickons Kiwi
Ethan Flanders CPHB
Nicholas Jolly Kiwi
Donovan Lewis Kiwi
Karl McMurtie ACP
Wilson Pearse CPHB
u18 Women Frances Bacon Horo
Georgia Bryan CPHB
Monique Corson Kiwi
Alexia Hinton CPHB
India McJarrow-Keller Kiwi
Hana-Tia Ross CPHB
Abbie Sawkins Wai Pads
u21 Men AJ  (Andrew) Bowden CPHB
James Gilroy Horo
Max Mason Horo
Alex Nieuwenhuis Kiwi
Joseph Scott B’Side
Connor Taylor CPHB
Liam Warren CPHB
Ryan Warren CPHB
u21 Women Kelsie Campbell Kiwi
Sian Fendall Kiwi
Shenee Nicholson Otaki
Lydia Nuttall B’Side
Jordyn Pfeiler Otaki
Lara Pritchard Kiwi
Lucia Stettner B’Side
Kelsey Wilde Kiwi
Greg Oke Kiwi
Ritchie Telfer B’Side
Sean Thompson B’Side
William Turvey CPHB
Aaron Vazey ACP
Senior Men Aaron Crabb Kiwi
Jason Dalziell PNCC
Jed Graham B’Side
Mitch Graham B’Side
Nevan Hadley Kiwi
Sam Hapeta Kiwi
Matt Keong PNCC
Alex Lowen ACP
Senior Women Cat Jeffries Otaki
Jess Nugteren B’Side
Gemma Potaka WCPA
Ella Richardson HNCPC
Britney Rolston Kiwi
Nicole Symons B’Side
Sophie Winton Kiwi

Subject to Board ratification.

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World Masters Games 2017

Masters Logo

Canoe Polo will be one of the official sports at the World Masters Gams 2017, which will be held in Auckland, New Zealand.

The minimum age from Masters canoe polo is 30+.

The Games:

The World Masters Games is the largest multi-sport event in the world. It terms of competitor numbers it is bigger even than the Olympics. Host rights are allocated every four years to a nominated city.

The Rights Holder:

The International Masters Games Association, a non profit organisation based in Switzerland, holds the rights to the summer and winter masters games.

The Shareholder of World Masters Games 2017:

Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development (ATEED) holds the host rights to the 2017 Games.

The Funders of World Masters Games 2017:

The Games will cost $34m to stage. $11m each has been invested by Auckland Council via Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development (ATEED) and the New Zealand Government via New Zealand Major Events. The remaining $12m will come from registration fees and commercial sponsorship. The Presenting Partner of World Masters Games 2017 is Barfoot & Thompson Limited

The Chief Executive:

Jennah Wootten

The Board:

Chairman, Sir John Wells

Director, Diana Puketapu

Director, Kevin Ross

Director, Martin Snedden

Director, Dianne McAteer

Director, Barry Maister

The Participants:

An estimated 25,000 athletes will compete from across 100+ countries. They will be supported by an additional 10,000 visiting companions and officials. In addition, some 5500 event volunteers will be needed.

The Sports:

16 core sports and 12 optional sports have been selected by Auckland as the host nation, They are – Athletics, Archery, Badminton, Baseball, Basketball, Canoe / Kayak, Cycling, Football, Golf, Hockey, Lawn Bowls, Netball, Orienteering, Rowing, Rugby, Sailing, Shooting, Softball, Squash, Surf Life Saving, Swimming, Table Tennis, Tennis, Touch Rugby, Triathlon, Volleyball, Water Polo, Weightlifting.


People of all abilities can compete including para-athletes (in 8 sports) as long as they meet the minimum age criteria for their chosen sport as set by the international sporting federation for that code. Qualifying ages can be as low as 25. Athletes are generally considered masters competitors by age 35.


The World Masters Games is guided by the ‘sport for all philosophy of the Olympics Charter which promotes lifelong competition, friendship and understanding between mature sportspeople irrespective of age, gender, race, religion and status.

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