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Newsletter - October 2023

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Hi everyone,

Hopefully your school holidays were not too busy. Undoubtably, a large proportion of you started training in earnest.

The regattas are coming thick and fast this month and with a long hot summer predicted, all signs are pointing to a reasonable rowing season weatherwise.

Good luck to all of the novices out there at their first regattas and as always, if you have any questions, please reach out: [email protected]

Congratulations scholarship

Congratulations to Taupo-nui-a-Tia College. Winners of the AON emerging school rowing scholarship.

Applications for 2024 open soon.

2024 Important Dates

  • Aon North Island Secondary School Championships to be held on 1-3 March 2024 at Lake Karāpiro
  • Meridian South Island Secondary School Championships to be held on 1-3 March 2024 at Lake Ruataniwha
  • Aon Maadi Regatta to be held on 18-23 March 2024 at Lake Ruataniwha

NZ Age Group Nominations


2024 World University, U21, U19 coach nominations are OPEN and close 26 October

2024 World University & U21 managers nominations are OPEN and close 26 October

2024 U18 North vs South coach and manager nominations open 14 November


2024 U23, World University, U21 & U19 athlete nominations are OPEN and close 19 November

5km erg tests for NZ based U23, World University & U21 nominees must also be submitted within this period. U19 nominees can submit either a 5km or a 30 min@20 test.

Athletes must indicate if they wish to be considered and are available for the development camps when they submit their nomination.

Athlete nominations for U18 North & South teams will open on 1 January 2024 and will close on 25 February 2024. A 2km test will need to be completed and submitted within this period.

Age Group Development Camps

Athletes must indicate if they wish to be considered and are available for the camp when they submit their nomination.

The dates of the Development Camps for selected athletes are as follows:

  • U23 Development Camp (US and NZ athletes): 19-23 December 2023 - Lake Karāpiro
  • U21 South Island Development Camp: 6-8 December 2023 - Lake Ruataniwha
  • U21 North Island Development Camp: 13-15 December 2023 - Lake Karāpiro
  • U19 South Island Development Camp: 10-12 December 2023 - Lake Ruataniwha
  • U19 North Island Development Camp: 17-19 December 2023 - Lake Karāpiro

Selections for all age group development camps will be announced by 24 November.

New Partner

Milford backing allows Rowing NZ to provide quality livestreaming of key regattas

Milford, an award-winning KiwiSaver provider and one of New Zealand's largest investment management companies, is now Rowing New Zealand's Official Livestreaming Partner offering coverage of five key regattas for the upcoming season: NZ Rowing Championships, Aon Maadi Regatta, Aon University Championships and Aon North Island Secondary Schools Championships as well as the Meridian South Island Secondary Schools Championships.

Read more HERE

Coxswains Workshops

We have an exciting opportunity for coxswains to learn from the best in our upcoming coxswains workshops.

Sam Bosworth coxed the Mens 8+ to a gold medal at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and has won medals coxing at almost every international regatta he has competed at. These Zoom sessions are not to be missed.

18 October - New coxswains workshop

15 November - Experienced coxswains workshop

Please register for these workshops HERE. If you have any questions, please contact Jared Cummings.

International Students

Please be aware of your School Team Eligibility Criteria limits (STEC) if you have any international exchange students participating in rowing this season.

International exchange students are quite likely to be considered "new" and count towards the STEC limits if they have rowed before at another school or club but their circumstances need to be checked carefully.

International exchange students also need to be classified by Rowing NZ before they can compete at club regattas. Please email [email protected] with the rowers name, overseas club, and brief overview of results from the rowers latest two seasons.

If you have any questions, please ask.

Rowing beyond High School

Rowing NZ recognises there is more than one pathway for students to progress through their rowing journey. If there are any students considering their options to combine study and rowing beyond high school, feel free to contact the Rowing NZ Pathway Leads for more information.

NZ Study options: Mark Stallard - National Pathway Lead

International Study options: Fiona Bourke - International Pathway Lead


The invoices have been issued for the 2023-24 NZSSRA subs.

By becoming members of the NZSSRA, your school will be able to enter the NZSSRA regattas for the 2023-24 season. These regattas are the:

  • North and South Island Secondary Schools Rowing Championships (NISS & SISS)
  • NZ Secondary Schools Rowing Championships (Aon Maadi Regatta)

The portal to enter crews in these regattas will not open for your school unless you are a financial member so we urge payment be made before the end of 2023. Please do not leave it to the last minute.

Check, Clean, Dry Freshwater Gold Clams

The Check, Clean, Dry process is extremely important for all clubs and schools coming to Lake Karāpiro this season. The Freshwater Gold Clam was found along the Waikato River in May 2023. Overseas, this clam has proved difficult to control and eradication has never been achieved.

These clams reproduce rapidly (able to produce 400 juveniles a day and up to 70,000 juveniles a year) and form large populations that can clog water-based infrastructure such as electricity generation plants, irrigation systems, and water treatment plants. More information can be found HERE.

Just a reminder:

  • ordinary detergent doesn't work
  • bleach, heat or freezing is the only way to clean your absorbent materials
  • blast your boats and oars with your hose (you may need to purchase a nozzle or gun attachment)