News from the NZSSAA

2016 Track, Field and Road Race Championships, Trusts Stadium Waitakere

9 October 2016 9:05am

California Track and Field tour 2017

26 September 2016 10:53am

The California Track & Field Tour has a new website: www.californiatour.co.nz. New Zealand Secondary School athletes in all events are encouraged to apply.

Athletes on the 2017 California Tour will have a choice of three starting dates from late March until mid-April. They will compete in various meets from San Francisco to Los Angeles to San Diego. The team will primarily be based in Orange County with easy access to beaches and shopping malls. This is the seventh California Tour, and many personal bests have been achieved against top U.S. high school competition in an ideal climate.

For more information, contact Greg Lautenslager at 03 923-2321 or via e-mail: coach@nzrunningacademy.co.nz.

Opportunities for Track and Field competitions overseas 2017

27 August 2016 8:12am

NZSSAA is looking for opportunities to either select teams for Track and Field competitions or to encourage schools who have strong athletics programmes to consider selecting teams to represent NZ at these events.

Below is a letter and bulletin from Garry Carnachan, NZSSSC Exec Director outlining the opportunity to take part in the ISF World Schools Athletics Championships. Any schools interested in putting a team together are invited to submit a proposal to Michelle Pollard at oe@nzssaa.org.nz.

Results from Australian XC Championships

25 August 2016 10:25pm

The NZSSAA Cross Country Team (2016) competed in Canberra on the 20th August 2016, at the Australian Cross Country Championships, which were held at Stromlo Forest Park. The team had a very successful day with some very strong individual and team performances.

Track, Field and Road Race Championships Venue Decision

29 June 2016 7:34am

The December 2-4 2016 Track and Field Championships will be held at the Trusts Stadium Waitakere and the Road Race Championships will be held in the close vicinity. Securing this location after losing Mt Smart has been a very difficult process but has finally been achieved with some excellent support from the CEO of Regional Facilities Auckland and his Staff and the preparedness of the NZ Ukulele Trust to take up the offer of another venue for their festival. On behalf of NZSSAA I wish to express my sincere gratitude to all those involved in delivering this outcome and to thank the Athletics fraternity for their patience over several weeks of uncertainty. The Local Organising Committee will be working hard to make up for lost time and I’m confident they will stage a memorable championships at a fine facility.

John Tylden
NZSSAA Chairman

Lost and Found from Cross Country Champs

27 June 2016 11:28pm


  • Green Trackpants, Burnside High School, Bailey Peterson, 021- 0870-9826
  • School Jacket, St Johns College, Hastings (Maroon and Black with embroidered eagle) Please contact Chris Hansen chanson@stjohns.school.nz


  • Jacket (New Zealand)
  • Nike Track Pants (Black) Girls Large

Australian Cross Country Selected Team

26 June 2016 11:35am

Congratulations to our athletes who have been selected to represent NZSSAA at the Athletics Australia and Australian Schools Cross Country Championships in Canberra, August 20/22.

Additional Coach/Manager required

Expressions of interest for the position an additional coach/manager to take the NZSSAA team to the Australian Cross Country Championships are called for. Applications should be emailed to John Tylden, NZSSAA Chairman by July 8 2016 using oe@nzssaa.org.nz.
Please provide a brief resume of your experience with secondary school cross country athletes and events. If you have any questions please email John Tylden.

Cross Country Champs Results

18 June 2016 10:12am

Results are available:


Podium NZSSAA Cross Country Championships Photographs now available with event number search at www.photos4sale.co.nz.

Cross Country Selected Team

Cross Country Championships

12 June 2016 8:38am

Information for the Cross Country Championships:


With almost 20 years of operation behind them, Expandasign has built up a reputation as the leading portable event signage company in New Zealand. Located in Rotorua, Expandasign is pleased to be appointed the Preferred Signage Supplier for the Podium NZ Secondary Schools X-Country Championships. To celebrate this partnership, Expandasign are offering our participating schools some great portable signage offers.

Check them out here

Australian Cross Country Championships

9 June 2016 10:20am

NZSSAA intend to again take a full Secondary Schools team to the Australian Cross Country Champs this August.

This would include athletes in the following teams:

  • New Zealand Girls team – Up to 12 female runners from throughout the country
  • New Zealand Boys team – Up to 12 male runners from throughout the country

Team selection will largely be based on results of the 2016 National Secondary School Cross Country Champs in Rotorua, although other performances may be taken into consideration. A Paper Team of 12 female and 12 male Athletes will be announced at the completion of the meet in Rotorua. Those named in the Paper Team will gain automatic selection to attend the Australian Champs as part of the NZ team and will also be eligible to apply for a Travel subsidy of up to $NZ300. Others who are not named in the Paper team are also eligible to apply for consideration for selection to the team.

Mt Smart no longer available for the Track, Field and Road Race Championships, December 2-4 2016

6 June 2016 7:47pm

The Athletics Auckland booking of Mt Smart Stadium for these championships has been cancelled by Auckland City Council in order to hold the Cold Play concert there that weekend. Trying to find a suitable alternative in Auckland is proving to be very difficult with two of the tracks lacking the necessary infrastructure to hold a major championships and the Waitakere Trusts Stadium already booked for another event (the track is also being resurfaced).

Massey Park in Papakura has emerged as the only possible alternative but it is also due for a track resurfacing this summer. Discussions are being held to see if this can be delayed until after the first weekend in December and we are hopeful of a positive outcome very soon. This will be very unsettling for those of you who have already made accommodation arrangements and paid deposits but should we be successful in obtaining Massey Park your arrangements should still be reasonably suitable. Being in ahead of the demand for accommodation generated by the concert could turn out to be an advantage in the end. There is however likely to be pressure on accommodation in the Papakura area as there is a Tag Football tournament being held quite close by at Bruce Pulman Park that weekend.

A final option is to bring the Championships to Porritt Stadium in Hamilton which is approximately an 1 hour and 30 minutes by road south of Central Auckland but we are hoping that will not be necessary. We will confirm the venue as soon as possible.

John Tylden
NZSSAA Chairman

Cross Country Accommodation Offers

30 May 2016 1:44pm

There are a variety of providers offering accommodation for the Cross Country Championships. Details below.

Holiday Inn

Booked your accommodation in Rotorua yet for the Podium NZ Secondary Schools X-Country Champs? Holiday Inn Rotorua have you covered with a geothermally heated pool (perfect for post X-Country muscle recovery), spacious rooms with comfortable beds and the famous Chapman’s Buffet Restaurant. Bring the whole family because at Holiday Inn Rotorua Kids Stay and Eat for Free*, making it the perfect base to support those competing in the X-Country Championships. *Conditions apply.

Accommodation Offer at All Seasons Holiday Park

There are 50 beds booked at All Seasons Holiday Park, in Rotorua, in dormitory style accommodation. If any group is interested in joining us and having the experience of mixing with others, the cost is $110 per head for 2 nights accommodation, including evening meals on Friday and Saturday, and breakfasts on Saturday and Sunday. Anyone interested please contact Don Dalgliesh as soon as possible.

Phone: 04 473 9414
Mobile: 027 407 0988

Holdens Bay Holiday Park

We have a range of accommodation to offer, and our motto is: “A bed for every budget”.So if there are any last minute bookings or any overflow accommodation you would like nearby, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us for a competitive quotation. You are also welcome to visit our website: www.holdensbay.co.nz. We look forward to hearing from you soon!

NZSSAA World Secondary Schools Cross Country Team 2016

1 May 2016 10:10am

The NZSSAA World Secondary Schools Cross Country Team 2016 travelled to Hungary to compete in the ISF World Secondary Schools Cross Country Champs. A full report on their trip is available below.

North and South Island Championships Entries & Results

2 April 2016 9:41am

Results for the North Island and South Island Track and Field Championships can be viewed below.

North Island Secondary Schools Athletics Championships, Mount Smart, Auckland, April 1-3 2016

30 March 2016 9:18am

2016 NZSSAA Track, Field and Road Race Championships

22 March 2016 9:34pm

The 2016 NZSSAA Track, Field and Road Race Championships will be held at Mt Smart Stadium, Auckland, 2-4 December.

See past news items in the archive.