NZSSRA: Notices

COVID-19 update 1 March

On 27 February 2021, the New Zealand Government advised as of 6am on Sunday 28 February, Auckland moved to Alert Level 3 for a period of 7 days. The rest of New Zealand moved to Alert Level 2 for the same period, in place until 6am on Sunday 7 March.

All domestic event organizers must prioritize the continued health and safety of all New Zealanders throughout a period of time where community transmission of COVID-19 remains a risk. Rowing NZ understands all schools are seeking clarity on both the 2021 Aon North Island Secondary Schools Championships and 2021 Meridian South Island Secondary Schools Rowing Championships, both scheduled to be hosted 5-7 March.

After consultation with School Sport NZ, the Schools Committee and Regatta Hosts, Rowing NZ and New Zealand Secondary Schools Rowing Association (NZSSRA) confirm that the 2021 Aon North Island Secondary Schools Rowing Championships and 2021 Meridian South Island Secondary Schools Rowing Championships are suspended, and will not proceed 5-7 March.

The suspended status of both regattas means that each event cannot take place as scheduled, and all organizers are working with School Sport NZ to assess whether the events can take place at an alternative time.

Further information regarding each of these regattas will be provided by Rowing NZ after the New Zealand Government have updated the current Alert Level timeframes.

All updates related to the 2021 Aon North Island Secondary School Rowing Championships and the 2021 Meridian South Island Secondary Schools Rowing Championships will be shared via the following platforms:

Bio-security ALERT

As responsible users of New Zealand's waterways all member schools need to be aware of the Didymo ("Rock Snot") bio-hazard. Schools should be proactive in their efforts to avoid the spread of this pest*. For more information see the Biosecuity New Zealand website.


* Users of Lake Ruataniwha need to be especially vigilent as Didymo is confirmed in the Lake, fortunately SIR has an excellent washing programme in place to help members "check, clean, dry"

Missing History Can you help???

It is an unfortunate and little-known fact that NZSSRA lost the bulk of its records in an arson attack on a Member school in the nineties. So when we were contacted by rowing's Archivist, Evan McCalman, who was looking for Maadi regatta programmes to try and fill some gaps in the record we were unable to assist.

The missing Maadi Cup Regatta programmes, which are needed to complete the Archives set, are: 1970, 1975, 1976, 1979, 1980, 1982-1989 inclusive, and 1991.

These programmes are needed to establish with certainty when girls events began, to establish who were the winning schools (pre Jubilee and Dawn Cups), and thus the names of the winning crews.

If anybody can assist the effort to complete the archives by donating (or lending for copying and return) a programme from any of the listed Maadi regattas then that would be greatly appreciated. If you have one of these programmes please contact Evan McCalman: 35 Marine Parade, Eastbourne, phone 04-562 7154, or e-mail [email protected].

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