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 29th June 2018 

Dear NZETKD members, 

UPDATE - Global Athlete and Official Licenses 

Over the past two weeks since our announcement that NZETKD has secured the ability to access Global Athlete (GAL) and Official (GOL) Licenses we have had some requests from members to clarify what this actually means for NZETKD members. 

NZETKD Athletes and Officials who want to compete and/or officiate at World Taekwondo (WT) sanctioned events both nationally and internationally may now apply via NZETKD for a GAL and/or GOL. 

Members can email their request for a GAL and/or GOL to secretary@nztaekwondo.co.nz at any point. 

As you may be aware, NZETKD is implementing its High Performance Programme beginning with talent identification and selection to the programme at the TUNZ Nationals on September 29th – 30th for both Poomsae and Kyorugi. This programme will be a pre-requisite for selection to any NZETKD team that attends future events. To clarify any confusion, this is not a Taekwondo NZ programme or team. 

NZETKD members will be able to access all WT sanctioned events (excluding the Grand Prix - invite only) except for those that require Member National Association (MNA) endorsement. For example, only one MNA in each country is recognised by WT. The MNA for New Zealand is Taekwondo NZ. Therefore, NZETKD members currently do not have access to events such as Oceanias, Worlds and Olympics. 

We are certainly excited at the upcoming High Performance Programme and will provide further information regarding this closer to the TUNZ Nationals at the end of September. 

Yours Faithfully 
Joan Fountain 
Secretary General 
New Zealand Elite Taekwondo 

TUNZ 2018 National Championships to be held in Porirua (near Wellington) on 29-30 September.  The TUNZ Nationals will be run in conjunction with the NZETKD Selection tournament. 


Congratulations to our team who travelled down to Dunedin for the 2018 TUNZ South Island Championships.

Best black belt fighter - Cesse

                                      TUNZ POOMSAE SQUAD DATES 2018

TUNZ - 2018 Poomsae Squad trainings

TUNZ Member - $100 Annual Registration Fee  - this fee covers 7 to 8 training sessions.

The Taekwondo Union of New Zealand is please to invite you and all your students to the 2018 Poomsae Squad trainings. These are held approximately every 6 weeks. Upper North held in Tauranga. Lower North held in Palmerston North. Upper South to be held in Christchurch. Lower South to be held in Dunedin. Anyone who wants to improve their poomsae for gradings or tournaments is invited to attend. Like last year, the teaching programme is organised by our National Poomsae Director, and is delivered by regional poomsae directors. Attached please find the 2018 registration form for you and your students. www.tunz.net.nz

Tasman-Nelson-Marlborough TAEKWONDO CHAMPIONSHIP

Nelson Tournament report from Clark Burns and Lawrence Elliot.

  A team of 7 club members, 3 officials traveled to Nelson this weekend in the TNM Tournament. Ryan, Cesse, Harrison,Josh and Brie competed in Poomsae and sparring, while Lawrence and Tom also competed in sparring.  Brie was in placed after doing an excellent job with both her Pomsae. Cesse won Gold, Ryan won silver, Josh won bronze, Harrison and Josh won silver in the pairs. Cesse, Harrison and Josh also won a silver on the teams and in the sparring...Brie won gold, Cesse won gold, Josh won bronze (1st fight with head shots!) Ryan won bronze Lawrence won bronze, Tom won gold. Harrison had a very tough draw, with 7 fighters and was not placedIt was a great tournament, and hope to return next year.

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