NZSSRA: Notices

SISS moves to a Friday Start

The Meridian South Island Secondary School Championships will this year begin on Friday 8th March. After increasing pressure on the time available to complete the regatta members agreed at the NZSSRA AGM to start the racing on the Friday afternoon in 2019. This would eliminate the need to hold heats and finals on the same day and having to race well into the Saturday evening, which had been a concern of many schools over the last few years.

Limits on entries2019 Championship Regattas

The following limits have been proposed by hosts and approved by the Schools Committee for the 2019 school regattas and the following will be applied at each event:


The Schools Committee is asking all schools to consider their entries more carefully. 25% of all 2018 Aon Maadi Cup supplementary entries were subsequently scratched. And 31% of students exceeding the recomended maximum events were also in supplementary entries.

Should supplementary entries continue to be used in this manner the Schools Committee may need to reassess their future use.

From the NZSSSC AGM query response

At the 2018 AGM NZSSRA members requested that a letter be written to the New Zealand Secondary School Sports Council (NZSSSC) asking them to reconsider their position on lightweight event sanctioning. This was done and the NZSSSC has responded.

The NZSSSC advises its Board has revisited the original decision. And the Board unanimously reaffirms its earlier decision not to sanction lightweight events at school regattas.

This means there will be no entries accepted for lightweight events at NZSSRA Championships.

Annual General Meeting Sunday 18 March, Twizel

The Annual General Meeting of the New Zealand Secondary Schools Rowing Association was held in Twizel on Sunday 18 March 2018 in the Events Centre. The DRAFT Minutes for the 2018 AGM are now available online. You can also download a copy (.pdf).

Some items of note arising from the AGM include:

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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