Underwater Hockey New Zealand INC


  Message from the President

2017 AGM

The 2017 AGM of UWHNZ was held on Saturday 6 May and it was great to see one of the largest turnout in recent years.  At the meeting the following were appointed to the Executive of UWHNZ for the year.

Tony Colquhoun – President

Anton Williams – Vice President

Coral Dolman – Secretary

Lisa Thompson – Treasurer

Nicole Baker – Masters Development

Sarah Arnold – Executive member

Rebecca Brosnan – Executive member

Rob Feist – Referee Development


Following discussion at the AGM and the subsequent executive meeting the following items were noted as the key deliverables for the executive over the next few months

         i.            Coaches Courses – Urgent priority with due date to be advised

       ii.            Publicity Video and Supporting Collateral - Due 30 May

      iii.            Competition Calendar Proposal - Due 1 July

     iv.            Referee Course Review and Update – Due 31 July


There will be regular updates from the Executives on these key initiatives together with items from our Executive meetings.

I am also pleased to announce the appointment of Jess Massey to the role of Manager for the Women's Elite team for the 2018 World Championships campaign.  Jess brings considerable experience to the role from the perspective of both an experienced sports administrator and a player. 



11 May 2017


2017 Interzones

Last weekend the 2017 Interzones were held in Wellington with 6 teams competing in both the Men’s and Women’s grades.  There was some great hockey played by all teams in what was a very enjoyable tournament.  Congratulations to the Northern Men’s and Women’s teams in winning this year’s competitions a repeat of last year’s competition.

A special mention to all of the younger players that attended this year’s tournament especially those still at school.  It is great to see these players playing in UWHNZ’s premier tournament and whilst the results for some of the teams was one sided we know that you all will have benefited from the experience and with the development from within your region will be the leading players from your region in the future.

Full results from the tournament are on the Competition Results page - https://underwaterhockeynz.com/Results


12 April 2017



A reminder to all members that the AGM will be held on 6 May 2017 at Wellington Airport at 10.00am.  The annual report will be distributed shortly and posted on the UWHNZ website.

We have received a number of remits for consideration at the AGM and these are set out in the AGM section of the UWHNZ website at 2017 AGM Remit Schedule.  Have a read of these and provide feedback to me at president@underwaterhockeynz.com or your club representatives that will be attending the AGM.

Those planning to attend please ensure that you and your club are both affiliated to UWHNZ by 30 April 2017.

Some key dates

21 April    Last date for receiving nominations for President, Secretary, Treasurer and Executive member. 

Nomination forms can be found in the AGM section of the UWHNZ website at https://underwaterhockeynz.com/page-18128

5 May        Last date for receiving proxies

6 May        2017 AGM – 10am at The Sunderland Room, Level 2, Main Terminal Building, Wellington international Airport.


15 April 2017



New Zealand Team Coach Appointment

The UWHNZ Executive are pleased to announce the appointment of Rebecca Brosnan to the role of the New Zealand Women’s Elite Coach for the 18 months leading up to the World Championships to be held in Quebec in 2018.  We wish Rebecca well in this role.


Hawaii Tournament - Sept 2017

UWHNZ have been working with a number of other countries to hold a tournament in Hawaii as a build up for the Worlds in Quebec in 2018.  This tournament (known as the Pacific Rim Training Initiative “PRTI”) is now confirmed and will be held at the Veterans Memorial Aquatic Centre from Monday 18 September to Friday 22 September.  It is expected that a number of teams from New Zealand (both Men’s and Women’s) will attend this tournament and we are working with both Benson and Rebecca on the logistics of this.  Further information will be provided shortly.



It’s that time again – Women’s Super 5 is back again for 2017!!!

Underwater Hockey New Zealand Inc has organised another Women’s “Super 5” competition for all female players.

It is now time to register for this year’s competition by using the “Register” function in the Super 5 page on the UWHNZ web site - Women's Super 5 -registration

Register now and we will be selecting 5 teams (50 players) from those who register, regardless of where you live in NZ.
These teams will meet for one day only, each month, for three months, to battle it out for supreme reign of the Women’s “Super 5” Series.
We will be selecting a captain for each team, who will then decide on the 5 teams, made as evenly as possible for some high quality women’s hockey. Priority will be given to women who have left school prior to the beginning of 2017.

The important bits:

ROUND 1; Saturday 25 Feb 2017 12:00 noon -6:00pm Wellington Regional Aquatic Centre, Wellington

ROUND 2; Saturday 18-March 2017 12:00 noon – 6:00pm Manurewa Aquatic Centre, Auckland

FINALS; Saturday 29 April 2017 12:00 noon -7:00pm Rotorua Aquatic Centre, Rotorua

$60.00 to play all three rounds plus travel equalisation costs

For the Rotorua round in April we have allowed time for players to fly to Auckland and get a ride down with Auckland players. There will be a function after finals in Rotorua so plan to stay the night if you can.

The pools are booked, the referees are ready, so it’s time to register - encourage anyone you think might want to play to do the same. Registerations will close on the 31 January 2017 and the teams will be selected and announced soon after


  Message from the President



Happy New Year to you all.

I hope that you have all had a good break.  

As we now all look forward to 2017 what do we have lined up for our members?

We have most of our tournaments confirmed for the year  We are just waiting for the location of the under 18s and a confirmed date for the South Island Clubs Competition – this will be a welcomed tournament for the South Island clubs given the absence for a number of years.   This year’s Super 5 competition kicks off in Wellington on the 25th February – watch out for more information on this shortly.  The Events page has all of the details.

On the international front we have the 2017 Age Group World Championships in July and we are working on a competition in September / October in Hawaii for the Men’s and Women’s teams as a build up for the Worlds in 2018 in Quebec.  Expect the final appointments for the New Zealand teams to be concluded soon.

Shortly we will be launching an updated web site which will include a membership section for member registration and online entry for all of the UWHNZ tournaments.  This will make it easier for you to renew membership and enter teams in our tournaments.  Further details on this staged implementation will be provided to Clubs late January.

There are some exciting initiatives that we will be announcing shortly as part of our growth strategy as we look to grow the sport at schools and club level.

 2017 will be an exciting year with lots happening in the world of UWHNZ





If you are interested in Refereeing Underwater Hockey New Zealand competitions, or Internationally, please complete the 'Expression of Interest ' form, and send it to referees@underwaterhockeynz.com

The selection of referees for competitions is based on a number of criteria and requirements.

As we strive to secure the highest quality of facilities to host competition, we also seek to provide the best possible standard of refereeing within our budgetary constraints.

Some competitions are refereed exclusively by non-playing Referees, while other tournaments provide an opportunity for anyone to referee, develop their skills, and log games as part of the completion requirements for level 1 or level 2 certification.

Prior to a competition, a formal "expression of interest" request is sent to suitably qualified referees and made publicly available on the website. Any referee interested in officiating is welcome to apply to assist with any competition. This gives everyone the opportunity to help, as well as developing their skill in a supported and collegial situation.

The "Team Referee" [C1] concept we have been developing has been achieving great results and provides a supportive environment where assistance is willingly provided by senior and experienced Refs, enabling you to clarify interpretations and better understand the game.

UWHNZ considers the applications and decides who will be invited to attend the competition based on a number of criteria. These include; skill, experience, level of competition, cost, development opportunity, contribution to UWHNZ, and other factors which can vary depending on the competition and external factors such as upcoming world championships.  

UWHNZ requires the Referees to stay at the accommodation supplied and meetings and briefings are held throughout a tournament to enable Referees to discuss particular situations and improve the skill level of all those attending. In return, we expect Referees to take the skills and knowledge they have learned, practiced and developed, back to their teams, clubs and regions, and pass it on to others as opportunities arise.

We are committed to the ongoing development of top quality Referees, and providing the best possible level of officials to both our domestic comps and international events. If you are interested in contributing, and would like to challenge yourself in what can be a very rewarding and satisfying aspect of our sport, please contact Rob Feist, referees@underwaterhockeynz.com, or a member of the UWHNZ executive for  more information

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