Latest News - 19 May 2019  -  TNZ updates -  World Championships 

2019 Manchester World Taekwondo Championships May 15 - May 19

The last two NZ team members at the World Champs, Max Watene and Tom Burns faced off against two very difficult opponents overnight on Saturday (NZ time).

Max was fighting Ismail Souhili from France, a top 30 ranked fighter, and Tom was against Brazilian Joao Diniz, recent bronze medallist at the Belgian Open and silver medallist at the Mexican Open, and rapidly rising in the world rankings.

Both Max and Tom put up strong efforts against these skilled opponents. Just like the rest of the NZ team they never backed down and demonstrated some skills of their own, as they battled to do their best. Unfortunately both lost their fights, but together with the rest of the squad are returning from Manchester with valuable experience and information on what is required to take the next step in their Taekwondo careers, and beat the best in the world.

Most of the team will be going to the Gold Coast for the Presidents Cup and Australian Open on the 27th, 28th and 29th June - and they encourage other NZ players to come across too. The competition will be fierce with many world ranked fighters already registered, including the now multiple Olympic and World Championship gold medal winners from the Great Britain team. (Registrations close on the 29 May).

In early July Tom Burns and Jack Francois are travelling to the World University Games in Napoli, Italy. Then in mid July, eight members of the senior team are travelling to Samoa for the Pacific Games and Oceania Championships.

For all those NZ club members from around the country - Cadets, Juniors or Seniors - who would like to experience international competition and start their own journey towards representing NZ, you will need to hold a WT GAL License first. The costs are less than $40. Contact Mike Hennessy: mike_hennessy@me.com 



Good morning, Instructors:  As you are aware, the TUNZ 2019 AGM is coming up in Invercargill at the ILT Stadium, 18 Surrey Park Road, on Friday evening, 31 May (8:00 pm start) (prior to the South Island Championships on the Saturday).  Attached are the reports for your perusal – if you have any questions or comments, you can get back to me, or ask the questions in person at the AGM.  The following is one resolution that has been put forward, following discussion last year:


1)       Change to date of financial year from 1 April to 31 March to 1 January to 31 December.

Remember to ensure your annual club TUNZ fees are paid prior to 31 May so that you are ensured voting rights at the AGM, and remember to fill out the proxy form sent to you earlier if you intend to be absent but still wish a vote. 

 Kind regards – Joan
Joan Fountain
Taekwondo Union of New Zealand

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Classes for 2019 - see TRAINING page

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2019 HYEON Taekwondo Invitational Tournament.

Congratulations to all our club members who competed in sparring and poomsae! Well done guys! Big thanks to the parents and other members who came to support and cheer for our competitors. Intense and exciting day with great rewards of medals and trophies at the end! Excellent job everyone! More pics - 2019 HYEON Taekwondo Invitational Tournament.

Hey team! Just another afternoon full of sprinting, kicking drills and full on sparring because its Yoshi’s last day of training in our club and will be heading back to Japan. It’s been great having you trained with us for a couple of months Yoshifumi Matsuura you surely did gave us a challenge!

TUNZ Instructors Camp 2019

Hey team! Sharing with you these photos taken during the 2019 TUNZ Instructors Camp held in Palmerston North. Four of our very own members (Yorick, Ginny, Mary and Jacob) participated in the said event. It was a fun-filled, informative weekend and a great chance for sharing and learning new ideas to enhance our Taekwondo skills. A little bit of Jiu-Jitsu was incorporated to strengthen our self-defense and make us Taekwondo fighters a well rounded martial artist.

Read more: TUNZ face book


2019 TUNZ tournament dates:

Saturday, 1 June – South Island Champs

Saturday and Sunday, 28/29 September – National Champs

Saturday, 26 October – Top of the South (unconfirmed at this stage)

Good afternoon, Instructors. 


Please be reminded that the 2019 TUNZ Annual General Meeting is to be held at the ILT Stadium, 18 Surrey Park Road, Invercargill on the evening of May 31st, 2019, starting at 8:00 pm.  (This is the same venue as the South Island Champs weigh-in that is taking place earlier that evening.)


Attached please find the minutes of the 2108 AGM.


Any resolutions to be put before the meeting need to be sent to be sent to secretary@tunz.net.nz no later than Friday, 17th May, 2019.


Also attached is the proxy voting form to be used for this year’s AGM.  Instructions are on the form. 


Kind regards – Joan


Joan Fountain


Taekewondo Union of New Zealand 

Subject: TNZ membership, elections and way forward

Date: 21st March 2018

From 15th to 19th May 2019 the UK will play host to the World Taekwondo Championships for the very first time! ‘The Worlds’ promise to be biggest International Taekwondo competition that Britain has seen as the world’s best athletes once again come together to compete, over 5 days, for the World Championship title and valuable ranking point for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics!

Taekwondo New Zealand has announced its Senior Team for the Manchester 2019 World Taekwondo Championships. The selected athletes in the Taekwondo New Zealand Senior Team are:
F-53kg Stella Bismark
F-57kg Vanessa Lattimore
F+67kg Taylor Shaw
M-54kg Cole Krech-Watene
M-58kg Finn Olsen-Hennessy
M-63kg Thomas Burns
M-68kg Nipesh Prakash
M-74kg Alex Ryder
M-80kg Max Watene

This is one of the largest and youngest teams NZ has sent to the World Championships in recent years, and Taekwondo New Zealand would like to congratulate all these athletes and wish them the very best for the challenging competition ahead. – will be joined at the event by 1,000 other athletes representing over 150 different countries, all hoping to take home the crown of ‘World Champion’!
Excited? You should be!
Be part of it: Join us at the 2019 World Championships!

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