Secondary School Waka Ama Nationals

Venue: Tikitapu
Date: Tue 29th Mar - Fri 1st Apr 2022
Distance: Sprints
Host: Waka Ama NZ

Over a week ago we received the following information from School Sport NZ regarding Sanctioned Events and Vaccinations:

The board of School Sport NZ have confirmed that all School Sport NZ sanctioned events in Term 1 2022 (including the term 1 holidays) will be restricted to fully vaccinated participants, aged 12 and over, only. Where practicable, this mandate extends to spectators attending also. This decision will be reviewed post-Summer Tournament Week 2022 and take into account the latest Government advice.

The Covid Protection Framework came into effect on Friday 3rd December. In preparation for the changes to how sport will be delivered under the Framework, School Sport NZ consulted with member Principals and its Sport partners.

86% of Principals who responded agreed that School Sport NZ sanctioned events must be restricted to fully vaccinated participants only. Similarly, sport partner feedback was 81% in favour. We are actively working with our sports partners for term 1 events to ensure that compliance is manageable and that Health and Safety plans and guidance is updated to reflect the Covid Protection Framework.
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Therefore in line with School Sport NZ and Government requirements, Waka Ama NZ will require all attendees of our 2022 Secondary School Waka Ama Nationals to be fully vaccinated. This will mean that attendees over the age of 12yrs and 3 months, who are eligible for the vaccine will need to provide proof of the CovCOVID My Vaccination Pass to attend the event. Attendees include all Teachers, support staff, coaches, volunteers, participants, vendors, spectators, contractors etc (Anyone onsite).

Currently, the Lakes District (Rotorua) is in traffic light setting Red, moving to Orange as of 11.59 pm 30 December 2021. This event will only take place in either alert setting Orange or Green. Shortly, we will release more information regarding the event. Our event pānui and online entry information will also be circulated.

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