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

<h1>South Island Schools Championships</h1>
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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New Zealand Canoe Polo teams head to Europe for World Championships

New Zealand Canoe Polo teams are getting ready to take on the world as they departed for Europe this week. Four teams made up of this country’s finest players will be aiming for a podium finish at the ICF Canoe Polo World Championships in Thury-Harcourt, France. Canoe Polo is a relatively unknown sport, mainly due to its non-inclusion in Commonwealth or Olympic Games schedules and its lack of television coverage, however, it is a growing sport worldwide with European teams enjoying tournaments most weekends. The sport is a cross between water polo, basketball and kayaking played on a 35m x 23m court with a goal suspended at each end. Teams are made up of up to eight players, with five on the court at any one time. The object of the game is to pass the ball to your players and score as many goals as possible, all the time being jostled by the other team. It all comes down to tactics and positional play. New Zealand has long been sending teams to the World Championships which are held every two years. Its women’s team is currently ranked fourth and men ranked fifth in the world. In 2012, an under-21 men’s

go and under-21 women’s team were also sent, with the latter bringing home the bronze. MB2-702 070-410 As an amateur sport, each player has had to fundraise the $8000 cost of attending. It certainly isn’t cheap particularly when a kayak and paddle doesn’t fit easily into a standard suitcase. On top of finding funds, teams have been training nationally since late last year and, in the build-up to the main event, they will pick up the pace by competing in weekend tournaments in the Netherlands, France and Belgium before arriving in Normandy, France for the World Championship from 22-28 September. If there’s one thing New Zealand do well, it’s our competitiveness in water sports. With a lot of heart and plenty of grit, these teams from our little island nation, far from even its closest competitors, have got a lot to play for. Forteamupdates during the tour visit: <a href=””></a><a href=””></a><a href=””></a><a href=””></a> <table> <tbody> <tr> <td width=”301″><strong>NZ Paddle Ferns (Women)</strong>Tania Dugdale (captain) – Christchurch Megan Juno – Palmerston North Erin Bolton – Palmerston North Emma Hicks – Palmerston North Jordan Housiaux – Otaki Hannah Staples – Christchurch Olivia Spencer-Bower – Christchurch</td> <td width=”301″><strong>Paddle Blacks (men)</strong>James Mitchell (captain) – Palmerston North Jed Graham – Christchurch Nevan Hadley – Palmerston North Hamish Dugdale – Christchurch Matt Keong – Palmerston North Conor Sellwood – Palmerston North Luke Dustin – Palmerston North Carl Duncan – Palmerston North</td> </tr> <tr> <td width=”301″><strong>NZ under-21 women</strong>Sophie Winton (captain) – Hawke’s Bay Britney Rolston – Auckland Stephanie Dryfhout – Palmerston North Lara Pritchard – Wairarapa Sian Fendall – Palmerston North Ella Richardson – Hawke’s Bay Jordan Pfeiler – Waikanae Sarah Ralton – Christchurch</td> <td width=”301″><strong>Junior Paddle Blacks (under-21 men)</strong>Sam Hapeta (captain) – Palmerston North Jordan 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</td> </tr> </tbody> </table> &nbsp;

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NZ Women’s Team Announced

NZCPA would like to congratulate the following players who have been selected to represent NZ at the World Champs in France during September.


NZ Women

Erin Bolton

Tania Dugdale (Captain)

Emma Hicks

Jordan Housiaux

Megan Juno

Olivia Spencer-Bower

Hannah Staples


NZ U21 Women


Stephanie Dryfhout

Sian Fendall

Jordyn Pfieler

Lara Pritchard

Sarah Ralton

Ella Richardson

Britney Rolston

Sophie Winton (Captain)


Well done ladies.

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2014 A Grade Completed

2014 A Grade National League Completed


Vikings Black – A Grade Open Champions for 2014


Congratulations to Viking Black in continuing with the strong performance seen over the previous two rounds to win this year’s National League Open title.

Also congratulations to Generation Y who after many years of knocking on the door managed to topple the mighty Valkyries to take out the Women’s title.


The weekend saw some great games of a high standard and a few “upsets” along the way. Full results are posted on the National League page.


Top Scorers over the weekend:

No 1 Viking Development     14

No 1 Viking Gold                    13

No 4 Viking Gold                    13

No 3 Hurricanes                      11

No 10 Avengers                      10

noting that first 9 games were not recorded against players.

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