Important Notice

NZ Māori Hockey Kaunihera (Committee) have come to a decision on the 30th Annual NZ Māori Hockey Tournament, which was to be hosted by Te Waipounamu Māori Hockey and held in Nelson over Labour Weekend 22nd to 25th October 2021.  After weighing up all the current information relating to the “Delta COVID Outbreak” within New Zealand at this time, including the uncertainty of when Auckland will be in Level 2 or Level 1, the Kaunihera (Committee) discussed at great length and decided that postponing the tournament was the most appropriate safe decision for all involved.

Therefore the 30th Annual NZ Māori Hockey Tournament will be POSTPONED until next year and hosted by Te Waipounamu Māori Hockey in Nelson during Labour Weekend 21st to 24th October 2022.

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Next year the NZ Maori Hockey Tournament till be hosted by Te Waipounamu Māori Hockey in Nelson during Labour Weekend 21st to 24th October 2022.

This has been confirmed today Friday 29th September 2021.

This time last year we were in a similar predicament with COVID where the tournament was held in Hamilton and only got the "Green Light" to go ahead 10 days out from tournament.

This year however there are more complexities and damning facts that have had to be considered in the overall decision to postpone the tournament.

For example:

  • Ensuring that the health and well-being of tangata whenua is top priority.
  • Due to the "Delta COVID Outbreak" It is unknown as to when Auckland will come out of Level 3.  Currently the decision on moving to Level 3 is on October 4th.  If Auckland were to stay longer in Level 3 then they possibly would not be able to attend the tournament.
  • 4 other Rohe were travelling to Nelson via Auckland Airport.  There are currently COVID restrictions on entering Auckland and using the Auckland Airport.
  • Running a Tournament at Level 2 has its own issues and complexities when trying to follow the Governments Rules around Level 2.  For example no spectators allowed.  Also our Powhiri and Po Whakangahau would be cancelled in Level 2.
  • Many other events have been postposed, rescheduled, and even cancelled in the past week due to the Government placing Auckland in Level 3 until the 4th October 2021. NZ-Cancelled-Events-2021

Contact your Rohe Delegate for information relating to next years tournament in the South Island.

List of Delegates

For all related COVID information please visit the official COVID NZ website.

The following information is on the Air New Zealand website.

"If you have New Zealand domestic flights departing before 31 October this year, or international flights departing before 28 February 2022:

  • You can change your flight to a new date or time (within 355 days) with no change fees applied, so long as the changes are made prior to departure. Any fare difference will still apply.
  • Or you can opt in for credit (as long as it's before check-in closes). The credit will be valid for 12 months from the day you put it into credit, and you have 12 months to complete your travel from when you make the booking.

NOTE - We can only process credit and refund requests if you booked directly with us, either online or through our Contact Centre. If you booked through a travel agent, including a third party website, please talk with them directly."

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Depending on what the situation is will depend on your overall outcome.  For example some accommodation vendors have specific policies around cancelling a booking.

Consider asking for a change in booking for next year.

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