Covid Rowing Announcement

Good Afternoon Associations, Clubs, Schools and Universities,

On Thursday 2 December at 11.59pm, all of New Zealand will move to the COVID-19 Protection Framework. Auckland will move to traffic light red, while settings for the rest of New Zealand are due to be announced on Monday 29 November 2021

We are currently reviewing the new framework and developing guidelines for the ongoing delivery of community rowing across Aotearoa, before publishing any guidelines, Rowing NZ must wait for final guidance and information from Sport NZ, which we expect to be on Monday 29 November 2021.

Sport NZ is the crown entity responsible for sport and recreation in New Zealand and are working collaboratively with the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, to establish how sport and recreation will fit into the Covid Protection Framework. We have today meet with a large number for other National Sport organisations and Sport New Zealand to further understand the new Covid Framework.

After receiving final guidance and information from Sport NZ, Rowing NZ will work to interpret the guidelines and make them specific for the sport of Rowing. We plan to engage with our key stakeholders in the regatta world (likes of KRI, SRI, Secondary School Rowing, Uni Sport) along with setting up a small refence group to discuss specific guidance for club and associations activity in particular around the use of club facilities.

Following this, we will release our guidance under the traffic light system, you can expect this mid next week. Rowing NZ is committed to following and promoting government guidelines and delivering rowing in a way that protects the safety of our community.

Key dates:

  • 26 November/Today: Anticipated date of Sport NZ sector advice
  • 29 November: Cabinet will confirm the decision to move to the new traffic light system, along with what colour various regions/cities/towns will be in. Sport New Zealand will circulate their final guidelines around framework settings for Sport
  • 1 December: Anticipated release of Rowing NZ framework under the traffic light system, this will initially be around the flow on to clubs, followed by the flow on Regattas.
  • 2 December: At 11.59pm, all of New Zealand will move to the COVID-19 Protection Framework. Auckland will move to Red. Settings for the rest of New Zealand are yet to be decided on. Every indication we have received in discussion with Sport NZ, including the Minister of Sport and Recreation, has been that it will be either red or orange. They have said green is some way out into the future.


Should you have any questions in the meantime please feel free to make contact on the details below


 Mark Weatherall 

General Manager –Community and Development
Rowing NZ