[UPDATED 14 February 2022]

Hockey New Zealand will endeavour to keep the community updated on the evolving Covid-19 situation and how this impacts on the hockey community.

The Covid-19 pandemic has, once again, impacted the sport we all love. Below you will find all information players, referees, coaches, clubs, schools and associations need to know on the return to hockey and what we’re doing to keep everyone safe.

Current Covid-19 Traffic Light Status

    • All of New Zealand is in RED

Please find the full up-to-date map here.

Hockey NZ Covid-19 Guidelines

Guidelines have been developed with Sport NZ in line with the new Covid-19 Traffic Light framework.

  • Public facilities like council-owned recreation centres can open subject to capacity limits – specific capacity limits for each setting below.
  • Sports and recreational facilities can open but will need to consider specific additional rules that may apply for the
    commercial premises that they run such as cafes.
  •  When participating in sport, recreation and play activities with others, follow the rules for gatherings (below)
  •  The number of people that can meet at the gathering depends on whether vaccine passes
    are required and checked or not.
  • The gathering organiser, venue or facility need to make the choice whether to ask for proof of vaccination. In the first
    instance, organisations and venues owners should talk to each other to ensure there is a plan in place to safely run the
    sport or recreational activities under the Framework.
  • If there are capacity limits applied to an activity, multiple gatherings can still be hosted at one venue, however each
    gathering needs to take place in a defined space separated from other gatherings occurring at the same time. Outdoors
    this means that each gathering should remain at least 2 metres apart from other groups at all times. Indoor gatherings
    must be separated by walls and cannot share direct airflow.
  • Spectators at an outdoor gathering could be treated as a separate gathering and the same limits apply to them if they
    remain more than 2 metres away from the players (to meet the definition of an outdoor defined space).
  • There are no requirements for physical distancing while playing / participating / spectating, which means contact sports
    can take place; and you do not need to wear a mask when taking part.
  • Capacity limits include children and those who are unable to be vaccinated, but excludes workers. Children under the age
    of 12 are to be treated as if they had a vaccine pass and their presence does not trigger capacity limits where My Vaccine
    Passes are not checked.
  • You are able to drive outside your region to participate in sport, recreation and play activities and events if there are no
    regional boundary restrictions currently in place.

2022 National Masters Update

Hockey NZ wishes to advise all masters players that the upcoming tournament in Tauranga, 20-27 February 2022, will be a mandatory COVID Vaccine event.  Therefore, to enter the Tauranga Hockey or Tauranga Boys College facilities you will need to have a My Vaccine Pass available for verification.

We respect that some people have chosen not to be vaccinated but the tournament could not practically proceed under the traffic light system, particularly the red and orange settings, if there was not a requirement for attendees 12 years and over to have a My Vaccine Pass.  Under green it could potentially proceed, albeit with significant restrictions, however in order to provide certainty of the tournament happening this is the most appropriate approach.  If you wish to read more about how the COVID Protection Framework (CPF) will operate in sport and recreation settings please visit Sport NZ

We acknowledge that it has taken some to confirm this outcome. The requirements for Events (such as the National Masters tournament) are different to the previously confirmed requirements for facilities and day-to-day community sport within the CPF. These Event requirements were only confirmed earlier this week by Sport NZ and as such, we are now able to advise this outcome.  

We appreciate your patience as we have worked through a complex and evolving situation, and we look forward to a successful National Masters Tournament in February. 

Training in Isolation Videos

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