With yesterday’s announcement from the New Zealand Government that New Zealand is now at Covid-19 alert level 2, the Board of Fencing New Zealand has made the decision to suspend fencing classes and competitions.
Please see the this link for details https://www.fencing.org.nz/news/165-covid-19-update-21-march-clubs-and-competitions-suspended
Ongoing updates can be found on https://www.fencing.org.nz/ Please check these on a daily basis.
Take care folks, and please do everything you can to stay calm and help anyone who needs it.
We might need to keep our distance, but we're in this together.
As everyone is of course aware, the Covid-19 situation is changing quickly.
FeNZ has established a dedicated committee to monitor the situation and help keep everyone safe, and has been maintaining updates on https://www.fencing.org.nz/ on the rapidly (daily) changing situation.
Please check these on a daily basis.
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Fencing North Committee Meeting – 9th March 2020
Meeting Opened: 7:08pm
Present: David Elder, Amanda Hopkins, Sunnie Sun, Katie Logan, Maja Saran, Peter Butler, Rhys Greensill, Vicky Fan, Neil Young, Matthew Houtman, Ryan Yan.
Apologies: Mary Black.
Confirmation of the Previous Minutes: Katie moved that the minutes for February be accepted as correct. Maja seconded. Motion carried.
Matters Arising: Katie noted that the Treasurer’s Report was skipped in the previous meeting and that it should be approved this month.
Treasurer’s Report: Amanda gave the Treasurer’s Report for February and March. Amanda moved that her report be accepted. David seconded. Motion carried.
W Dawn: Maja reported that the W Dawn was a reasonably successful tournament, and was run on the basis of maximising fencing for all participants. The RegisterNow system was very successful and made collecting entries and payments a lot smoother.
Refund Policy: There was a minor issue surrounding a refund requested by an entrant pulled out of the competition. The committee agreed that in future entrants would be advised to email the tournament organiser for all questions of refunds and that it would be entirely at their discretion.
Ongley Open: The Ongley Open is coming up on the 14th of March. It is expected to be a larger than usual competition due to increased advertising and to pay respects to Gaylene Ongley.
Secondary Schools Beginners: The Secondary School Beginners competition will require either a change of date or a change of venue due to rebookings at Trusts. Maja and David will look into the options for this.
Oceanic U20s: Maja, Peter, David and Katie reported that the organisation for Oceanic U20s is on track; however, some parts of the organisation had been held back due to concerns that COVID19 restrictions would require the tournament to be postponed. The venue has been confirmed at Diocesan, with enough space for 9 pistes, and a number of volunteers have been found for key positions. Invitations have circulated to referees, who have been advised to purchase ‘flexi’ tickets, allowing them to secure refunds if necessary.
As of this meeting, committee agreed that the tournament organisation would go ahead, but that the situation would be reviewed at the next committee meeting. However, please note that by the time of writing the tournament has been indefinitely postponed due to travel restrictions which arose later in the week.
Local Event Cancellation Policy: At the time of the meeting (and as of writing), the Ministry of Health is not yet advising the cancellation of small events; as such the committee agreed that regional tournaments should not be affected. Maja suggested that the event entry cutoff be increased to a week in advance of each competition, so that the booking with Trusts might be cancelled with no liability if the competition is unlikely to go ahead.
Health and Safety: This month there was 1 reported incident at a Fencing North competition: at the W Dawn a female fencer suffered a shock and potential for injury due to an aggressive action by a male fencer. Maja suggested that the best way to reduce the chance of these incidents was to separate genders whenever possible at tournaments, and by briefing referees on how to officiate safe fencing (at competitions where there are referees).
Fundraising: Rhys explained to the committee his strategy for fundraising. This is not just based on Fencing North’s immediate priorities, but also on the timetables and priorities of the various funding bodies who might support us. David mentioned that Rhys might also seek funding for Oceanics, President’s Cup, First Aid Courses for volunteers, referee/coaching development and Secondary School competitions, alongside the priorities mentioned in previous meetings.
TTCF Funding Success: Through the efforts of Rhys, Fencing North has been offered $10,000 from TTCF to partially cover fabric pistes, a Favero scoring box and operational costs. David suggested that we purchase two new fabric pistes with some of the funds, and put the rest towards operational costs.
Four Winds Funding: David moved that Fencing North apply to the Four Winds Foundation for a grant of $19,000 for the purpose of purchasing four aluminium pistes. Katie seconded. All in favour.
Fencing North resolved to apply to the Four Winds Foundation for the amount of $19,000, in order to purchase four new aluminium pistes.
Applications to the Regional Grant: Rhys has submitted an application to the Auckland Regional Fund for the purchase of fabric pistes.
Funding for First Aid at Oceanics: David proposed that Fencing North apply for $2935 to cover the cost of St Johns first aid at Oceanic U20s. Katie seconded. Motion carried.
FeNZ News: David and Amanda reported the news from Fencing New Zealand.
COVID19 (Coronavirus) Situation: Following recommendations from the FeNZ Health Officer, FeNZ has stated the following:
- All fencers, clubs and regions should follow Ministry of Health Guidelines
- Anyone returning from affected countries should stay away from club or competition for at least 14 days
- Fencers should avoid sharing equipment, and club equipment should be sanitised
- The rule that fencers must shake hands at the end of a bout has been temporarily suspended
- Fencers may attend local and national tournaments; they may attend international tournaments by individual choice and at their own risk only
- A number of international tournaments overseas have already been cancelled
FIE Equipment: This year FeNZ is requesting high level tournament equipment from the FIE, which reduces some of Fencing North’s obligations to acquire this equipment for itself.
Fencing New Zealand Meeting: The FeNZ AGM will be held on the 15th of March over Skype. Members of Fencing North may attend at either David’s or Maja’s houses.
Gaylene Ongley: Fencing North sincerely pays its respects to Gaylene Ongley and our condolences to her family. Gaylene was a powerhouse of the Fencing North community and shall be sorely missed.
Delegates: Following some email discussion among the committee, as a reminder Katie read the constitutional ruling on club delegate numbers:
10.4. Each Club and District Council shall be entitled by notice in writing to the Secretary to appoint one person to be its Delegate at meetings of the Executive, PROVIDED THAT any Club or District Council which has more than 25 members who are Individual Members of the Council shall be entitled to appoint an additional Delegate to the Council. Notwithstanding the foregoing, any Club of which three-fifths of the members are primary, intermediate or secondary school pupils, shall only be entitled to appoint one person to be its Delegate, regardless of the number of its members.
Katie will review the number of enrolled fencers in each club and inform clubs on their entitlements and responsibilities in terms of the Fencing North executive.
Meeting Closed: 9:05pm.
This constitution was last updated in April 2020.
Fencing North Competitions 2021
Competition Entry Agreement
Last Updated: 04/MAY/2021
Competition Sign Up
Registration will be online.
Registration Site = https://www.registernow.com.au/secure/
There will also be link to the registration via the calendar on the Fencing North Website
You will need your membership (FENZ affiliation) number to sign up. The landing page of each competiton will have further details. See below for more details on affiliation (membership).
Cut Off Times.
To ensure a well organised tournament entries will close at 23.59h on the Thursday a week prior to the competition.
Late entries - May be accepted at the sole discretion of the DT (Tournament Director) and are subject to availability.
Check In - as published by the organisers.
Withdrawal – These events are our fundraisers. To keep the entry fees as low as possible we do not refund standard or late entries. There can be a discretionary refund in case of mental, health, financial hardship or a family crises. Please contact the DT.
Late arrival to competition – Cut off time is at the sole discretion of the DT. We will make an effort trying to reach you. You will be called 3 times before we scratch you from the event. If you are late you please inform us too. We can hold up the competition for a little while, while getting started on other things.
Multiple weapons entries- please check with the organisers before entering and see landing page for more details. FENZ rule is that if you have entered multiple weapons, you will finish the event that you have started and will be scratched from the then starting event.
All entry fees will be paid online via the registration website.
Please see the landing page of each competiton for the entry fees.
To compete in Fencing North competitions you must be affiliated with Fencing New Zealand as a full competitive member.
Previous affiliates can log in here to register for 2020
If you have not registered with Fencing NZ before please do so here
Any questions re your FeNZ affiliation should be directed to
The DT will be checking affiliations prior to competitions.
Minimum Equipment Requirements:
Protective clothing: 350N Jacket, 350N Plastron, Glove, Breeches+Long Socks, Chest Protector (women).
Working Electric Equipment (where applicable to your weapon): Weapon, Body Wire, Mask Wire, Lamé, 350N Mask (with electric bib for foil), Cuff/Gauntlet.
Please note that all masks must have two methods of securing them to your head (e.g. tongue and strap, double safety strap). Masks with frayed or worn elastic are unsafe and may be rejected.
Blades do not need to have an FIE stamp at regional competitions.
Epees: Leon Paul SR1 blades with the V profile stamped 2013 to 2015 will not be accepted.
Leon Paul X-Change Masks: Require the secondary safety strap.
If a higher standard of equipment is available we recommend that you use it.
Full attire must be worn at all ranking competitions including breeches.
Track suits and track suit trousers are not suitable for a fencing competition. This is new for 2020 and the decision has been made for safety reasons.
If you don’t own the full attire please see your coach or club or send an email to us. We will try our best to help.
(If you seriously tried and failed to acquire a part of the whites you lack, we can and will make an exception. You must obtain that in writing (via email to the tournament organiser) by least the Thursday before the event. Entry is at the discretion of the DT and head referee.
Every fencer takes full responsibility to wear suitable whites and mask in good working order. There can be no claim laid against Fencing North for failing to do so.
Whites or club/school tracksuit are to be worn for presentations and/or podium.
Trans Gender Policy
We have adopted the IOC trans gender policy. Please read here.
Gender fluent fencers please contact us for the best solution.
Set up/ closing:
Every fencer is expected to help with set up and taking it down at the end. We fully understand that that is disruptive for competitors we do accept family members and friends helping instead.
The whole organisation of Fencing in NZ is made out of volunteers, mainly families of fencers or fencers themselves. No one gets paid.
The great thing about Fencing is that we have people from all sorts of backgrounds: CEOs fixing boxes, doctors taping down pistes and homemakers DT-ing.
Our objective is to have a well run & fun tournament. Your positive support makes a better event for all.
If you have questions or seek clarification on any matter regarding tournaments
Tournament Organiser or any of our executives.
Fencing North Executive is
U14s must be under supervision of a parent, guardian or nominated responsible adult. Please make arrangements accordingly.
Your entry into a Fencing North competition constitutes acknowledgement of the Terms and Conditions of this document. Participation remains the discretion of the DT (Tournament Director).
This document may be updated at Fencing North's discretion. It is advised that you reread this document when you enter each tournament.
Photography is allowed at all Fencing North competitions. The competition venue is considered a public space.
Non public spaces with full respect of privacy are the changing rooms and the toilets. No photography is allowed in there.
Please do not change in public spaces. If you do, you waive your right to privacy.
Pictures taken at the event can be published on social media, the internet and printed media by Fencing North, spectators and competitors.
See nzlaw.co.nz for more details.