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Newsletter - Summer 2016/2017

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NZSSRA SGM Weight Classification

The matter of lightweight rowing at the junior level was considered by member Schools through a Special General Meeting.

The Schools Committee proposed that the Association cease classifying rowers by weight due to health and well-being issues within our sport at the junior level.

We are disappointed to announce that this remit did not pass but we respect the decision of the School Principals (67 for/35 against/2 abstentions = 65.7% is less than the required 75% majority of votes cast) and therefore weight-classification will continue.

A second remit was proposed by a member school that classification by weight should be restricted to rowers over 15 years (i.e. U17 and U18 only).

This was supported by member schools (77 for/16 against/6 abstentions = 82.7% is greater than 75% majority of votes cast). Therefore no rower who is under the age of 16 years on 1st of January in the Season in which the competition is held shall be eligible to be classified by weight.

2017 Aon Maadi Cup Week

The 2017 programme is the same as the previous year.

  • Sunday: Parade, Safety Briefing, NZSSRA AGM
  • Monday: heats begin
  • Tuesday: heats conclude and all repechages begin
  • Wednesday: repechages end, quarter-finals, E&F Finals
  • Thursday: Semi-finals, C&D Finals
  • Friday: A&B Finals (events 1-26)
  • Saturday: A&B Finals (events 27-52)
  • Sunday: spare day (until 12pm)

This schedule is subject to change particularly due to weather issues

NZSSRA 2017 AGM 26 March 2017, Cambridge

The NZSSRA 2017 AGM will take place on Sunday 26th March after the safety briefing of the Aon Maadi Cup, in Cambridge. As per the 4-yearly cycle this AGM is a Rule-change year. Remits about the Rules and Regulations will accepted and may go forward to the AGM after review by the Schools Committee.

  • Remits - All remits for the AGM are due by 19th February 2017
  • Nominations - The nominations for the following positions are called for and due on the accompanying dates.
  • Schools Committee Appointed Member - 12th February 2017
  • Schools Committee Elected Member - 19th February 2017
  • NZSSRA Life Members - 15th January 2017
  • Applications to host - 2019 Championships and any fee change proposals for 2018 - 19th February 2017.

Please make these remits, nominations and applications in writing to [email protected]

NZSSSC School Team Eligibility Criteria PCRE changes

After a review process the NZSSSC has changed some aspects of the Eligibility Criteria. The key change that affects rowing is the Primary Caregiver Relocation Exemptions (PCRE). PCRE's now have a limit of 2 per team (or in rowing's case boat). So now if you have an eight it will only be allowed 2 PCRE students and 3 NEW students within the crew. If you have a four it will only be allowed 2 PCRE students and 1 NEW student. PCRE need to be approved by NZSSSC so all applications need to go to them, more information here

Here is a further reminder for all the other criteria for "new" Students...

  • The NZSSSC team eligibility criteria apply at our Championships regattas on a crew-by-crew basis.
  • The criteria apply to all pupils (sweep oar and/or sculling and/or coxswains).
  • The new pupil limit for an eight/octuple is THREE pupils who are new to the school over the past two years.
  • For all other boats the new pupil limit is ONE pupil new to the school over the past two years.
  • The PCRE limit is 2 students per boat

Exemptions include:
Pupils who join the school in Year 9 or earlier. Pupils with a Primary Caregiver Relocation Exemption (PCRE - issued through NZSSSC regional offices) - with the new limit of 2 students. Pupils who transfer after Year 9 who have not been involved in rowing before e.g. novices.

More information on the changes can be found here
All the details of the School Team Eligibility Criteria here

Dates for Selection to NZ Teams

Does your school have athletes who would want to be a part of the North vs South Under-18 team? Or are they interested in Junior level? Then they need to complete the Rowing New Zealand online nomination form and email a copy of New Zealand Passport to Rowing New Zealand.

Rowers and coxswains due date for nominations is 26th February 2017
Coaches/Managers due date for nominations is 31st December 2016

The guidelines and Nomination forms for Junior and Under-18 are at

Bluebridge Deal for Clubs and Schools

Bluebridge are continuing the special deal for ferry crossings by the rowing community. Simply use the promo code "OARSOME" when booking and then present the Rowing NZ Bluebridge card upon check in and your rowing club will receive heavily discounted rates from the preferred supplier for Cook Strait transport. Visit for more information.

Rowing NZ has sent Clubs and Schools their Rowing NZ Bluebridge Oarsome cards so if you haven't received your one please contact us.

Earthquake Disruptions Advice

We understand there is some concern out there around the transport of trailers because of the disruptions from the earthquake - the ferry companies are advising the rowing community to book as early as possible and for travel on the South Island roads allow yourself plenty of time. Rowing NZ will keep you informed as much as possible regarding this area.

School Colours updating your rowsuits

Schools are required to compete in approved colours so if you are updating your rowsuit stock please make sure the colours you have are the ones registered against your school name. Check out for a list of school colours. If your school is new or would like to change its colours you will also need to contact Sonya at [email protected] and get your new colours approved (this is a quick and easy process and can save you a lot of trouble and dollars should your colours conflict!).

Remember all colours need to be unique to the school (or a boys/girls school pairing) and distinctive from other approved school colours (and where practicable the club colours approved by the NZRA).

Updating your Contact Details

If your school has had changes in your sports coordinators or teachers in charge of rowing please email these new details to Sonya so we can provide your school with all the relevant information for the coming season. Any coaches who would also like to receive these updates please also send your details.