News & Updates

26 August 2021 • General

Statement regarding NZSS Track & Field and Road Champs and Athletics NZ U18 and U16 Champs

Due to NZQA announcing the delay in the NCEA and Scholarship exams by two weeks, New Zealand Secondary Schools Athletics Association (NZSSAA) and Athletics NZ wish to have it noted that the Championship scheduled for 3rd to 5th December in Inglewood will be postponed.

NZSSAA and Athletics NZ will consult with School Sport NZ, the Local Organising Committee and other parties over determining the best options for possibilities of rescheduling the annual championships. We will confirm that at the earliest possible time.

We ask that you refer to the accompanying statement (below) released by School Sport NZ

Tony Rogers                           Peter Pfitzinger
President NZSSAA               CEO Athletics NZ


NCEA Examination period delayed by two weeks – Impact on sanctioned events

The Ministry of Education and the NZQA announced yesterday that the NCEA external examination period will be delayed by two weeks, starting Monday 22nd November to Tuesday 14th December.

The disruption caused from COVID over the last few weeks has seen thousands of students miss out on crucial curriculum window time. The delay allows schools and students more time to prepare for external examinations and submit internal course work.

In support of this Kaupapa, the board of School Sport NZ has resolved that no sanctioned events may continue to be delivered within the delayed examination window.

The following events have been impacted as a result:

CONDOR 7s Thu 2nd – Sun 5th Dec Auckland
NZSS Athletics Fri 3rd – Sun 5th Dec Taranaki
Gillette Venus Cup Cricket Wed 8th – Fri 10th Dec Palmerston North
NZSS Touch Championships Fri 10th – Sun 12th Dec Rotorua


We appreciate that this will be concerning for many students around the country given the disruption already seen through the cancellation of Winter Tournament Week. School Sport NZ is working collaboratively with its sport partners to assess rescheduling options and will provide updates as soon as possible.