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Latest News - 02 December 2018


Congratulations Cesse.

I got silver in poomsae and I had 3 fights for the U17 division under 55kgs. The first one was against Titirangi, it was intense but came away with the score 16-11, then I fought the same team for the second one with 34-3. The last fight was so close, up against the South Peace 24-22. But finally got the gold after 3 intense fights.


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Tuesday  6.00 - 7.00pm Poomsae class

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6.30 - 8.00pm adults class

Thursday  6.00 - 7.30pm Kyorugi class 

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Top of the South - Blenheim on Saturday club members Rafael, Cesse, Chrissy & Harry competed at the tournament in Blenheim. Cesse won gold, Rafael & Chrissy won bronze in individual Poomsae, Cesse & Chrissy then won gold in the Pairs! Cesse then went on to win gold in kyorugi, and Harry taking silver after a tough fight against an older & taller opponent! To cap off a great day - Cesse was awarded both best black fighter and best black belt Poomsae!!! Thanks also to the team of supporters that made the the trip up.  Clark Burns

Rafael & Chrissy won bronze in individual Poomsae, Cesse & Chrissy then won gold in the Pairs!

Cesse was awarded both best black fighter and best black belt Poomsae !!!

From TUNZ -

Hi, all – just a couple of things for you:

1)      Good articles today on Dominion Post Stuff about TUNZ legally blind athlete, Tamatea Chambers of the Tawa Taekwondo Club.  

2)      Date set for TUNZ South Island Champs:  Queen’s birthday Saturday – 1 June, 2019 – Invercargill (host club:  Aparima)

3)      Don’t forget our other dates that are now set:  

                                                               i.      Instructors’ Camp  18 pm/19/20 am January, 2019 – Palmerston North

                                                               ii.      North Island Champs  30 March – New Plymouth

                                                            iii.      South Island Champs  1 June – Invercargill

Kind regards – Joan
Joan Fountain
Taekwondo Union of New Zealand

Dear Instructors,

Please see the attached notice of the upcoming TNZ Referee Seminar being held in Auckland ahead of the 2018 TNZ Nationals.

TNZ Referee Seminar

Dear Instructors,

Taekwondo New Zealand is pleased to announce that the nomination criteria for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo has been finalised by the New Zealand Olympic Committee and TNZ. It can be downloaded from the following link:

Next up is the 2019 World University Games Selection Criteria which is currently being finalised. We expect to release this along with a further TNZ update over the coming week.

2019 National Team Selection Process 

In recent weeks the TNZ Interim Board has been working closely with World Taekwondo and our key stakeholders towards finalising all relevant selection policies and procedures for 2019. This includes setting dates for our 2019 regional and national tournaments. Discussions are ongoing and we expect to provide more details and updates in early November. 

For now, Taekwondo New Zealand is pleased to announce the 2019 National Team Selection Process, which you will find attached with this message. If you have any questions regarding this please email TNZ Interim Board Member Mr. Mike Hennessey at or

Please note that the 2020 Olympics Selections Process and Nomination Criteria is also currently being finalised with the New Zealand Olympic Committee, and we expect it to be released in November.

Referee Director TNZ Nationals 

TNZ is seeking expressions of interest for a Referee Director for the upcoming 2018 TNZ Nationals. Please contact the Interim Board at if interested and for further details.

We will advise more updates on our progress with normalisation shortly.

On behalf of the TNZ Interim Board we wish you and your families a safe and restful Labour Weekend break.


 Taekwondo New Zealand is pleased to announce the 2018 TNZ National Championships which are being held on Sunday 2nd December at the North Shore Events Centre, Auckland. Please find attached the information package which includes full details on the event. For those clubs that entered in and paid for the postponed 2017 Nationals, can you please re-send your entries to the Tournament Director, plus confirmation of the amount paid. Any paid entry fees for athletes who cannot compete this year will be refunded after this event. We apologise for any inconvenience this causes. 

This year’s TNZ Nationals are open to TNZ members and all New Zealand WT style club athletes. Please note that this event will also include initial selection requirement steps for national team representation at a number of international Kyorugi and Poomsae championships in 2019 and beyond. Further details will be communicated in our next members update later this month. In the meantime we encourage all members and New Zealand WT athletes with aspirations of national team representation to compete at this event.


If you have any questions for the Interim Board please email us at

We look forward to welcoming you and your team at the 2018 TNZ National Championships.

Kind Regards,

Matt Ransom
Interim Board Member
Taekwondo New Zealand

2018 Presidents Cup and Oceania Championships

A team of 15 athletes travelled from New Zealand to French Polynesia last month to compete in the 2018 Presidents Cup and Oceania Championships. Our team was small compared to other countries, but we made up for it when one of the Kyorugi coaches took out gold in the Poomsae and would later go on to also win gold in Oceanias. The heat was a disadvantage, and all of the NZ fighters did their very best in spite of it. I was up against Australia first, and was not able to take away the win but I did manage to stay on my feet despite blacking out in the first round. Oceanias rolled around after a days break and the heat turned up. Being up in the first round, I got too comfortable and by the third round, we were point for point. Unfortunately I wasn’t able to come up from being 4 points behind and the clock ran out, leaving me exhausted. Overall, being my first international tournament, it was an incredible experience and has taught me a lot. I’m grateful for everyone who enabled me to go and be able to compete, and I’m looking forward to the next one!  
Jemesa Landers

Good morning, Instructors!  

*The Taekwondo Union of New Zealand National Champs and NZETKD Selection tournament is now only about a month away.  We look forward to seeing you all there, and thank Staci, the tournament director, and her team, very much for all the work they are putting into getting this ready.

*The TUNZ Top of the South tournament pack has been sent out last weekend – hopefully everyone got a copy of this.  Thank you to Kevin and Bruce for their effort to make an enjoyable tournament on the Saturday of the Labour weekend!

*Attached is the new DAN grading schedule that was approved by the Executive Council at the May 2018 AGM.  A couple of clubs are trialling this now – and the new Student Log book as well – to iron out any unforeseen kinks.  The new schedule will begin to roll out nationwide after the Instructors’ Camp in January.  

*Also attached is a write up by Sophia Haynes of the Victoria University Taekwondo Club – Sophia and colleagues attended the Chungdokwan Taekwondo Summer Seminar this year in Seoul, Korea – her article makes for interesting reading, and something some of you may wish more information about. Please get back to me if you do.

*TUNZ welcomes a new club to its membership – Zima Taekwondo Club in Sakhalinsk, Russia!  Instructor is Mike Hannah – formerly of the New Plymouth Taekwondo Club.  

*Dates to remember – for 2019:

-  The January 2019 Instructors’ Camp noted on your calendars – on Wellington Anniversary weekend.  Decisions are made at this that affect everyone – we need your opinions and your say.  It is a great way to network and meet up with other instructors and the Ex Co, and to get some new and different ideas!  

-   TUNZ North Island Championships tournament in New Plymouth is Saturday, 30 March, 2019 in New Plymouth – please add this to your calendars NOW!

*Remember to view the TUNZ website and the TUNZ Facebook page and the TUNZ Instructors’ page if you have the time to do so!  Need any help with this?  Please get back in touch with the secretary (

Kind regards – Joan
Joan Fountain
Taekwondo Union of New Zealand

Chungdokwan Taekwondo Summer Seminar article

Examination dan gradings - approved by EX CO May AGM 2018

Good morning, All! Please note the date of the TUNZ 2019 North Island Championships in New Plymouth for your calendars now!  Saturday, 30 March, 2019. The tournament package will provide more details closer to the time.   Hope to see you all there!  

Kind regards – Joan
Joan Fountain
Taekwondo Union of New Zealand

Dear Instructors                        

Please see attached the latest update from Taekwondo New Zealand along with our previous press release and letter of endorsement from World Taekwondo. We kindly ask that you share this with your members and any interested parties.

Please also note our new email address - - for all official TNZ communications or if you wish to contact us with any queries. 

This is also confirmed on the official World Taekwondo website members page as follows:

Kind Regards

Matt Ransom
Interim Board Member
Taekwondo New Zealand

                                      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.

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