Following the Prime Minister’s announcement today around Covid-19 alert levels,
Hockey New Zealand has made the following decisions about next week’s Secondary Schools Tournaments.
- The tournaments that were due to be held in Pukekohe and North Harbour have been cancelled due to the Alert Level 2 limits on gathering sizes.
- The Tournaments that were to be held in Whangarei and Rotorua (mixed) tournament is cancelled. Considering all factors including withdrawals already received the hard decision was made to cancel the tournaments. It was also essential to factor in athlete workload as well as factoring in the missed time that the students have had during this lockdown period.
- The remainder of the Secondary Schools Tournaments will be held as planned. Associations have been working hard to ensure that under the current Alert Level 2 restrictions robust protocols are in place to protect all participants.
Hockey New Zealand will canvas Auckland schools to test the appetite and viability of hosting an alternative opportunity for the players who have been impacted.
We are very sorry to have to cancel these tournaments but the health and safety of our hockey community must come first.
A guide for spectators at next week’s Secondary Schools Tournaments at Level 2
Due to the Covid–19 restrictions across the country, each Host Association has had to implement rules for spectators during Secondary Schools week to ensure they are fulfilling their health and safety requirements to protect their community. Each Association has its own rules depending on the facility.
Please note that select games at both the Lower North Island Premiership (Palmerston North) and South Island Premiership (Christchurch) will be live-streamed for free on Sky Sport NEXT.
Below is a detailed outline of each facility’s restrictions for spectators:
Lower North Island Championship – Napier
- Hawke’s Bay Hockey will allow 40 spectators per turf per game during the tournament. All spectators will need to sign–in upon entry to the facility.
Lower North Island Premiership – Palmerston North
- Each team list may have UP TO A MAXIMUM OF 45 people per team which can include players, coaches, managers and spectators. Teams NEED to email a minimum of four hours prior to EACH match to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- If a team list is not emailed on time to the email address above, ONLY THE NAMES LISTED ON ALTIUS will be allowed inside our facility. The list must include First Name, Last Name and description example below.
Lower North Island Championship – Wellington
- Wellington Hockey is not able to have any spectators at their facilities during Alert Level 2.
Upper South Island Championship – Nelson
- Nelson Hockey Association will allow a maximum of 100 people in each designated area of their facilities during the tournament. There will be no crossover between the turfs so spectators will need to leave and sign back in when returning to the facility.
South Island Premiership – Christchurch
As it stands spectators are permitted during the tournament, but the following applies:
- Nga Puna Wai – Spectators MUST sign–in using the iDME or NZ Government COVID Tracing apps (posters throughout the venue) AND must maintain social distancing at all times.
- Marist Park – Spectators are allowed in defined areas but need to follow signage directions. Spectators MUST sign–in using the iDME or NZ Government COVID Tracing apps (posters throughout the venue) AND must maintain social distancing at all times.
Lower South Island Championship – Dunedin
- All spectators will need to sign–in upon entry to the facility. Otago Hockey will set up different zones to ensure they are abiding by the 100 person gathering limits.
South Island Mixed – Invercargill
- Southland Hockey will allow a maximum of 100 people in each designated area of their facilities during the tournament. Spectators will be required to sign–in on entry.