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/receive feedback. 

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


  • • 11th July – Hawkes Bay
  • • 8th August – Karapiro
  • • 12th September – Auckland
  • • 19th September – Christchurch 

Date/Time: Workshops will run from approximately 11am – 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 


11:00am Arrive and Introductions

11:15am Technique – Physics

12:00pm Break – Coach Connection and Lunch Break

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 contact:

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


20 April, 2020

Firstly, thank you all for your commitment to staying off the water over the last few weeks, following the issue of government guidelines on 3 April prohibiting watersports at Alert Level 4. It appears that New Zealand is tracking well towards containing (and hopefully eliminating) Covid-19, and we are all a part of that project.

Now that we are coming up to four weeks at Level 4, there is a sense of light at the end of the tunnel and Kiwis are starting to prepare for a move to Level 3 from 11.59pm on Monday April 27. The Government has released guidance on exercise at Level 3. The good news is that paddling will be allowed, provided we paddle alone, or with the person/people with whom you are isolating. Short trips by car to exercise will also be allowed, provided we don’t travel too far from home.

If you do paddle at Level 3, you must keep your boat at home and transport it to and from the water, rather than leaving it at a public facility – accessing your club storage would require you to touch surfaces such as door handles, which risks exposing yourself or others to infection.

We also note that training alone, whilst ensuring that you won’t spread Covid-19, presents other safety challenges – ordinarily it isn’t recommended that people practice watersports alone. We recommend usual good safety practice during this time:

  • If you are isolated with another person, go paddling with them, or take them to the beach/lake/river so they can keep an eye on you!
  • Stay close to shore – we recommend that you don’t go any further than you can comfortably swim, taking into account current, wind, temperature and the clothes you are wearing;
  • If you go to the water alone, always tell someone where you’re going and what time you plan to return;
  • Take a phone, personal flotation device and, where relevant, other safety equipment such as a flare, EPIRB and whistle. If you are paddling a kayak, an air bag or other flotation device in your boat is a good idea;
  • Be even more cautious than normal when assessing conditions – our emergency services will be stretched during this time and we are also trying to minimise contact with them, so don’t go out if there’s even a remote chance you might need to get rescued;

Finally, please do remember that we are still at Level 4 until Monday April 27 at 11.59pm. Whilst we are all feeling excited about a return to some normality, it is important that we continue to honour this mission we have embarked on as New Zealanders. If we can do a great job now there is a much better chance that we can ensure we don’t need further extended periods of lockdown in the future.

Tom Ashley,  CRNZ CEO

7 April, 2020

Due to the closure of NZ’s borders and inability for paddlers to train CRNZ we will not be sending any teams overseas to World Cups or the ICF Junior and U23 World Championships. Although the latter event has not yet been cancelled, we believed it best to make this decision early in order to relieve pressure on athletes, parents, coaches and managers. Despite this decision, we are announcing the U18 team in order to recognise the efforts of the U18 athletes and their coaches.

We will arrange a development opportunity for these athletes when we are able, and provide them with uniforms.

Junior men

K1 200m – Jack Wilkinson (Hawkes Bay)

K1 1000m – Thomas MacGibbon (Arawa)

K4 500m – Jack Wilkinson, Thomas MacGibbon, Daniel Brown (Hawkes Bay) Archie Tonks (Karapiro)

Junior women

K2 500m – Julia Padrutt (Waitara) Emma Brownlie (Poverty Bay)

K4 500m – Julia Padrutt, Emma Brownlie, Mia Roadley (Arawa) Scarlett Old (Waitara)

20 March, 2020 Applications and Uniform Sizing forms are open for Marathon and Ocean Racing World Championships. Instructions on how to do this can be found in the Smartabase Instruction manual.  Application close dates are:
  • Marathon World Championships – Apr 1, 2020
  • Ocean Racing (Surf Ski) World Championships – May 8, 2020
If you have any queries please contact

16 March, 2020

As everyone is aware, the coronavirus pandemic is causing significant disruption and re-evaluation of plans. Our team of staff and coaches is working hard to understand the developing situation and build contingency plans.

We have been forced to delay the naming of the New Zealand team for the 2020 ICF Junior & U23 Canoe Sprint World Championships in Brandenburg, Germany (July 16-19). We will keep our athletes and coaches informed by email. We plan to announce the team as soon as possible, and within the next fortnight.

We understand that athletes and their families are awaiting news, and we will do our best to keep everybody informed. Anyone who has any further queries should please contact Canoe Racing NZ staff.

6 March, 2020

Any paddler who performs well at the marathon nationals will earn the opportunity to represent NZ at the World Marathon Championships in Norway. The top two finishers in the K1 and K2 events at U18, U23 and Open categories will earn selection. Entry to the Masters’ world champs is open, so any masters competitors who wish to travel to Norway are welcome to do so.

Marathon Selection Policy 


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.