Underwater Hockey New Zealand INC



Happy New Year to you all.

I hope that you have all had a great Christmas and an enjoyable new year.  

2018 promises to be an exciting and challenging year for us all in Underwater Hockey New Zealand with lots to look forward to.

We have a full year of tournaments and on the international front we have our Men's and Women's teams going to the World Championships in Quebec in July and the Trans Tasman's will be held in Rotorua in October.

There are a number of announcements coming in regards to new initiatives so keep an eye out for these over the next couple of weeks.  The first one is about development of Masters Hockey - see the story below.


UWHNZ - Player Council - NEW

At the December Executive meeting it was decided to implement an “UWHNZ Player Council” to assist the executive with issues that we face in running the sport where it is appropriate to have the input of the players / members in making these decisions.

The three key reasons for the establishment of the player Council are to:

  • Have formal member input to assist in the making of a decision for the benefit of UWHNZ
  • Ensure that the UWHNZ Executive has the views of the members for decisions where appropriate
  • Give members ability to be involved in the future of UWHNZ without commitment to being on the Executive

Further details on how this works can be found in the attached document - UWHNZ Player Council Notice.pdf

With the Player Council in place we are now like the following issues to be considered:

  1. What uniform should Official New Zealand teams wear when attending International tournaments?
  2. What pucks should be considered for use at UWHNZ tournaments and when should these be used?
  3. Do the members want a Super 5 competition in 2018 and if so what format and when?
  4. What format do North Island club members want for the 2018 North Island Clubs tournament?

Next Steps:

We are seeking nominations from your club members to be part of the Player Council to provide player input into the above issues.

Nominations should be sent to playercouncil@underwaterhockeynz.com with:

  • Name of Player / Member
  • Contact details
  • Which Issue they are Interested in (if more than one order of preference)

Whilst these issues are all important number i is the most pressing and accordingly we would like nominations for this issue by 1 March 2018 and the others by 5 March 2018.

We look forward to your support in this initiative and that there will be nominations from your club.

UWHNZ Appoints new Coaches and Managers - New 

The UWHNZ Executive is please to announce the appointment of the following Coaches and Managers for our New Zealand representative teams:

Age Group Teams

  • U19 Men’s Team – Head Coach Warwick King and Assistant Coach – Ben Forman
  • U19 Women’s Team – Head Coach - Tristan Reynard (2018 only and Letitia Jackson will take over from 1 November through to Sheffield)
  • U23 Men’s Team – Coaches Ed Firth and Sam Cooper.  Manager - Sarah Arnold
  • U23 Women’s Team - Coach Emma Rae

We are currently working with the coaches to appoint Managers for the U19 teams and the U23 Women’s team and assistant coach for the  U19 Women's team.

These are two year appointments (subject to review) and will cover the two year campaign leading up to and  including the 5th Age Group Underwater Hockey World Championships which are to be held in Sheffield in August 2019

  • The U19 teams will compete in the 2018 Trans Tasman’s which will be held in Rotorua in October 2018
  • The Australian's have advised that they will not be sending U23 teams to this years Trans Tasman's.  We are currently working with the team management and are considering a number of options for the their teams as part of their build up for Sheffield
  • There will be announcements on the training camps for all of these teams shortly as campaign plans are finalised.

Women’s Elite Team

  • Jane Fahy appointed as Manager for their campaign for the World Championships which are being held in Quebec, Canada in July 2018.

We congratulate all the Coaches and Managers on their appointment and wish them well with their respective campaigns


The 2018 AGM for UWHNZ will be held as follows:

When:      10 am Saturday 7 April 2018

Where      The Totara Room

Brentwood Hotel

16 Kemp St



Meeting notices and associated documentation have been sent to clubs and are now available on the UWHNZ website - see Admin page.


  1. The Executive have again agreed to subsidise delegates to encourage participation at this year’s Annual General Meeting whereby Representative Members for clubs outside of Wellington will have their travel costs reimbursed based on the cheapest possible fare available. This is limited to 2 Representative Members, including any executive member(s) attending, per Club.
  2. The Brentwood Hotel provide a complementary airport shuttle for those attending the AGM

Masters Hockey

In 2017 Nicole Baker, our Masters Development Officer, has done some great work on the development of the Masters hockey in New Zealand and we are looking to build on this work done with further strategic initiatives.

NZ Masters Teams to Worlds

Considerable interest has been raised in having NZ Masters teams compete again at World Championships.  Whilst we were close in getting sufficient numbers for a men’s team to go to Quebec this year it would now appear that this is unlikely with entries closing mid-February.  

Our focus now moves to the 2020 World Championships, which are likely to be held closer to New Zealand than Quebec, where we are aiming to have both Men’s and Women’s Masters teams attend.

This gives us over two years to plan and build up our Masters teams programme to support these teams and as part of this there are two strategic Masters activities that we are committed to

1. Masters Four a-side tournament

This has been run successfully in Rotorua for the last two years and UWHNZ is committed to supporting this event to:

  • Provide a specific Masters event for some great hockey
  • Provide the opportunity for past player to get back into the game; and
  • Provide an opportunity for planning and training for the 2020 World Championships with those players interested in attending In a very social environment

We are just finalising the pool booking and dates and these will be confirmed shortly for a mid August event.

2. Masters at Regionals

Over the past few years whilst we have offered the Masters grade at regionals tournament there has been insufficient entries for a separate grade thus meaning that Masters players are being deprived from playing at this important tournament.  In order to provide Master’s players the opportunity to play at this tournament we will be offering Masters players that do not make their regional team the opportunity to play in an “Invitation Masters” Men’s or Women’s team and compete in the Men’s or Women’s grade respectively.

This will provide our Masters players with the opportunity to play high quality hockey with players of the similar skill and interests whilst also developing these players with the aim of growing the pool of available players for the 2020 World Championships.

In doing this it is important that we do not impact the rest of the tournament so the following rules will apply:

  1. There will only be one Invitation Masters Men’s team and one invitation Masters Women’s team each limited to 10 players
  2. Selection of the teams will be co-ordinated by Nicole Baker (Masters Development Officer) with the assistance of Rebecca Brosnan and Benson Taylor
  3. These are invitational teams and in no way are these to be considered to be New Zealand representative teams.  They will not be eligible for medals or to play in finals / playoffs.
  4. Only available to those players not selected for their Zone team and confirmed by their respective Zone representative
    • We want the best players playing for their Zone
    • We want to have B teams providing younger players experience playing at this level
    • Those Masters players that represent Zones with B teams and are not selected for the Zone A team, it is our expectation that they will discuss their team preferences with the Zone representative

Entry forms for this years Regionals will be issued shortly

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