National Performance Assessment – October 2021

CRNZ is planning on running the National Performance Assessment (NPA) on the 7th and 8th October 2021 at the HPTC in Karapiro. (This may change and is subject to being able to meet any covid-19 restrictions). The assessment will comprise a number of on-water and off-water assessments. 


The purpose of the National Performance Assessment is to;

  • Provide a learning opportunity for athletes and coaches
  • Benchmark athletes across the performance pathway 
  • Analyse and track athletes’ progress over time
  • Gather data to help inform selection for HP squads


The assessment comprises of a number of on-water and off-water assessments. As a guide testing includes the following:

  • 60s max reps bench pull
  • 2km TT (timed using Rovers)
  • 300m Test (timed using Rovers)
  • 30sec wingate erg test
  • 1rm max bench press and pull

Further Info and Applications 

The NPA is an important part of the CRNZ performance program and is open to CRNZ Paddle ID, Performance Development, High Performance program athletes and to athletes who are invited by CRNZ based on an application process. 

Following the application process athletes will be invited based on, previous results, performance level and demand/capacity.

If you are outside of the CRNZ performance pathway programs (PID/PD/HP) and are tracking towards HP program inclusion, could you please complete the attached link  by September 17th 2021.  It is important to note the CRNZ squad policies can be found on the CRNZ website.

Further information regarding the NPA will be sent direct to athletes who are eligible in their invitation letter.  

If you have any questions please contact Aaron Osborne or Polly Powrie

2021 Competition & Performance Coach Symposium  

We know that coaches are a critical in supporting athlete development and achieving our vision. In order to maximise athlete development, we also believe coaches must be connected, supported and given the opportunity to engage in development opportunities to be the most effective coach they can be.  Therefore, we are pleased to open up for expressions of interest to the 2021 CRNZ Performance and Competition Coach Symposium.

The CRNZ Performance and Competition Coach Symposium is an opportunity to connect the New Zealand paddling coaching community to explore key insights for effective preparation of competitive paddlers. We are also encouraging coaches from other sports, both as a contribution to the wider NZ coaching community and to create an opportunity for cross-sport learning.

Date – rescheduled date 26-28 November, Lake Karapiro

Course outline

To register your interest please complete the following form


Technique Development

CRNZ will be running technical workshops aimed at coaches who want to further develop their technical understanding of K1 paddling. The workshops will cover the physics and biomechanical principles that make up K1 paddling technique. The workshops are interactive and offers opportunities to network, reflect and give/receivefeedback.

This is an open workshop and we would encourage any coaches working with athletes from canoe sprint,marathon, ocean ski, surf lifesaving and multisport to attend.


  • Date TBC – Hawkes Bay
  • Date TBC – Wellington
  • 7th August – Karapiro
  • 28th August – Auckland
  • 19th September – Dunedin
  • 25th September – Christchurch

Date/Time: Workshops will run from approximately 1030am – 230-3pm

Cost: No cost to attend.

Attendance: Limited spaces available.

*Please contact us directly if your club would like us to run a workshop in your region/club.

To register your interest for any of these workshops please confirm by completing the following form




CRNZ Coach Development Workshop – Technical Development


Draft Program

10:30am Arrive and Introductions

10:45am Physics

12:00pm Break – Coach Connection and Lunch

12:30pm Technique – Biomechanics

1:15pm Break – Coach Connection

1:30pm Technique – Style and Problem Solving

2:30pm Wrap Up (Reflections, action planning, feedback and workshop close)


For further information or if you have any questions please

CRNZ wishes to congratulate the following athletes who have satisfied selection requirements for the Ocean Racing (Surfski) and 2021 Canoe Marathon World Championships.

Ocean Racing World Championships – Lanzarote, Spain

Daniel Brown – u18 men

Michael Esterhuizen – u18 men

Caitlyn Esterhuizen – u18 women

Rachel Clarke – open women

Garth Spencer – open men

Canoe Marathon World Championships – Pitesti, Romania

Daniel Brown – u18 men

Damien da Silva – u18 men

Garth Spencer – Masters K1

Caitlyn Esterhuizen – u18 women

Quaid Thompson*  – u23 men

Please note that, although these teams are self-funding and CRNZ does not arrange travel to and from surfski and marathon events, CRNZ’s endorsement of entries is subject to Covid-19 conditions. CRNZ will make specific risk assessments in respect of each event and may decide not to endorse entries. We will communicate directly with athletes about these matters. 

In addition, as with previous years, CRNZ remains open to adding athletes to these teams.

*Quaid Thompson did not compete at Marathon Nationals but was selected via the “Exceptional Circumstances” clause of the Selection Regulations based on past performances at Marathon Nationals.


The 2020 – 2028 CRNZ Strategy sets out a clear vision ‘To be the World’s Best Paddling Nation.’

To achieve our vision, we must have in place a strong performance system with a clear athlete pathway. A structured athlete pathway enables us to identify, track and support athletes as they transition from club paddler to podium performer. The aim of the CRNZ
Performance Pathway is to ensure athletes are in the right environment, receiving the right support, at the right time, in order to maximise the opportunity to achieve their full potential.

The pathway programs has a series of opportunities that give athletes the opportunity to develop and help prepare them to one day transition to the high performance program. Athletes across the pathway will benefit from the provision of coaching expertise, training opportunities, performance support, athlete education, and exposure to high performance environments and practices.

The key competencies of the Foundation, Paddle ID and Performance Development programs are focused around:
• The CRNZ Technical Competencies
• Team Boat Fundamentals
• Building Fundamental Movement Patterns, Sport Specific Strength, Power and Endurance
• Understanding and practicing performance psychology, nutrition and athlete life strategies

Further information on the CRNZ Performance Pathway can be found:

Due to the challenging start to the year we have revised the delivery plan and will continue to adapt throughout 2020-2021. We will be delivering many of the learning opportunities online, while still adapting the face to face training opportunities to maintain safe practices.

Congratulations to the following athletes below who have been selected for the following programs. Additional athletes may enter squads or progress within the pathway throughout the year. Additional athletes may also be invited into training camps throughout the year.

Coaches of athletes in each squad are encouraged to attend the training opportunities/workshops that their athletes are selected for.

Performance Development (Ex Pathway to Podium Program)
Lucy Matehaere – Otago Kayak Racing Club
Olivia Brett – Arawa Canoe Club
Sam Ferkins – Poverty Bay Kayak Club
Julia Padrutt – Waitara Kayak Club
Kalani Gilbertson – North Shore Kayak Club

Paddle ID
Scarlet Old – Waitara Kayak Club
Pieta Luthi – Arawa Canoe Club
Emma Brownlie – Poverty Bay Kayak Club
Mia Roadley – Arawa Canoe Club
Molly Baker- Waitara Kayak Club
Seren Rogers – Poverty Bay Kayak Club
Sophie Brooke – Wanganui Multisport & Triathlon Club
Claudia Rogers – Arawa Canoe Club
Genna Robertson – Poverty Bay Kayak Club
Madison Garrett – Arawa Canoe Club
Brooke Cheyne – Hawkes Bay Kayak Racing Club
Cass Heatherington – Arawa Canoe Club
Jack Clifton – Wanganui Multisport & Triathlon Club
Fletcher Moles – Waitara Kayak Club
Robson Old – Waitara Kayak Club
Jack Wilkinson – Hawkes Bay Kayak Racing Club
Thomas McGibbon – Arawa Canoe Club
Archie Tonks – Karapiro Kayak Racing club
Ethan Matuku – Waitara Kayak Club
Daniel Brown – Hawkes Bay Kayak Racing Club
Alex Hickman – Arawa Canoe Club


Loredana Unsworth – Mana Kayak Racing Club
Aotea Clifton – North Shore Canoe Club
Stacey Warren-Moiser – Poverty Bay Kayak Club
Nikki Graham – Poverty Bay Kayak Club
Alex Fraser – Waitara Kayak Club
Natasha Macgibbon – Arawa Canoe Club
Kate Skeels – Hawkes Bay Kayak Racing Club

Ngarita Mackenzie – Arawa Canoe Club
Sophia Lawson – Hawkes Bay Kayak Racing Club
Michael Esterhuizen – Eastern Bay Canoe Racing Club
Kaden Brock – Waitara Kayak Club
Lachlan Moles – Waitara Kayak Club
Hamish Macky – Hawkes Bay Kayak Racing Club
Will Pittar – Poverty Bay Kayak Club
Kristian Marshall – North Shore Canoe Club
Leon Fuller – Eastern Bay Canoe Racing Club
Zane Mills-Nossiter – Wanganui Multisport & Triathlon Club
Damian Da Silva – Hawkes Bay Kayak Racing Club
Angus Baker – Poverty Bay Kayak Club
Mathew Reihana-Asquith – Eastern Bay Canoe Racing Club
Ben Warren – Mana Kayak Racing Club
Henry Hall – Hawkes Bay Kayak Racing Club



The 2019 CRNZ Annual Report and audited financial statements have been prepared ahead of the AGM.

We have changed the format and layout of the Annual Report from past years. Whilst there is certain information that is included as a matter of compliance, we have also tried to create a document that will serve as a record of the year’s highlights, and hopefully a memento for those who have been successful in the sport each year.



We also attach a document setting out the final draft of the 2020-2028 CRNZ Strategic Plan. This document contains explanatory notes – the final version will be simplified.

The plan has been informed in large part by feedback from our clubs and the paddling community. We have also drawn on our own perspective and those of subject-matter experts, particularly in the high performance space, as well as insights from SportNZ’s research.

This strategy broadens CRNZ’s focus – we have taken on board our community’s consistent feedback that we need to work more on participation and engaging the community. As such, the plan is set out with three pillars – Participation, Performance and Engagement.


Please note that this strategy sets out what we see as our direction for the next 8 years. Some of the goals are very ambitious, so we will not expect to achieve all of them in the first year or two. Each year, we will set priorities and targets. Management’s reporting to the Board, and our annual report each year, will set out our progress against those targets and our priorities for the following year.

As always, we welcome your views on this strategy. Any urgent feedback can be raised at the AGM on Friday 14 February, or emailed to Tom Ashley (

There is an exciting weekend of paddling coming up. Sprint paddlers will be racing at the Sprint Nationals in Karapiro. At the same time, the surfski community will be lining up in Nelson for the King and Queen of the Bay, which is the fourth race in the Darcy Price Surfski Series. We wish everyone competing (and supporting) the best of luck for a fun and successful weekend.

Best regards,

Tom Ashley


25 November 2019

The CRNZ Canoe Sprint competition rules have been updated to align with the new ICF rule book as they apply to the racing environment in New Zealand.  The CRNZ rules contain variations to the  ICF rules as marked up in blue.

CRNZ Rules

25 October 2019

CRNZ are looking at a proposed new strategic direction to promote participation in paddling. We believe this responds to the wishes of our members and fulfills our responsibilities as set out in CRNZ’s Constitution. It will also help us to become a more sustainable organisation, less reliant on HPSNZ funding. We believe that we can continue to do what we currently do well (that is, high performance sprint kayaking, and running great sprint kayaking events in NZ), but also build a strong, vibrant sport. In order to do this, we are proposing a new strategy with three pillars: Performance, Participation and Engagement/Connectivity.

We seek input from our sporting community by 20 November 2019.  All feedback welcome.