CSW Stakeholder Update, 2 March – Changes to CPF Rules (un-vaccinated students), Upcoming Regional Tournaments and Athletics Dates Confirmed

Dear students, staff, family members, partners and supporters of College Sport Wellington,

Please find below an update on three items.

Changes to the COVID Protection Framework Rules for School Sport

Following on from Friday’s announcement by Minister Chris Hipkins regarding vaccine passes for school students, we are now able to provide a little more clarity on the ability for unvaccinated students to participate in inter school sport. Yesterday evening the Ministry of Education advised the following in their latest bulletin:

“As indicated by Minister Hipkins, all children and young people will soon be able to participate in all school-organised teams and groups regardless of their vaccination status.  An amendment to the Health Order will now be needed and we anticipate these changes will take effect no later than Tuesday 15 March. This will apply to onsite and offsite activities for both curriculum-related (including offsite education outside the classroom) and extra-curricular activities offered by a registered school. This change will apply to intra-school and inter-school competitions/activities as well as competitions/activities where school teams/groups compete against other teams/groups which are not from a school. For example, the school’s First XI competing in a local senior club competition or the school kapa haka group competing against adult groups in a regional competition. We will advise  you when these changes to the Health Order occur and will update our website information to reflect the above information and advice at that time. For now, the existing requirements/permissions under the Health Order remain in place.”

The Ministry Bulletin goes on to outline a little more detail around this subject and you can read the full article here. While there are still a number of areas that need to be explored and clarified by the Ministry and Sport New Zealand, we now have an approximate timeframe to work towards (March 15 at the latest). Over the coming fortnight we will therefore monitor the updated guidance and work closely with our member schools, councils and partner regional sports organisations to plan how this change will come into effect. Please bear with us and we will advise all stakeholders at the earliest possible opportunity. In the meantime however, as the Ministry of Education Bulletin advises, our existing policies are to remain in place.

Upcoming Regional Events in Summer Tournament Week

Looking further ahead, and in light of the cancellation of many Summer Tournament week events, we are pleased to advise that the following Wellington Regional Tournaments will take place:

  • Softball – 28 and 29 March at Fraser Park
  • Futsal – 29 and 30 March at ASB Sports Centre
  • Volleyball – 30 March to 1 April @ Te Rauparaha Arena

To ensure these events abide by the COVID Protection Framework gathering limits, the tournament dates will be split by either gender or age. The relevant CSW Sport Manager will communicate these plans to schools shortly.

Athletics Postponement Dates Confirmed

Following our decision to postpone the CSW Zone and Regional Athletics events, we can now confirm that the following dates have been confirmed for Newtown Park:

  • Western Zone – 12 September
  • Girls/Hutt Zone – 13 September
  • McEvedy Shield – 14 September
  • Athletes with Disabilities – 15 September
  • Regionals – 20 September

We acknowledge the above dates may clash with some school exams, however we have worked to minimise this as much as possible. As we get closer to the dates, we will work with our schools to address these issues.

We wish you all good health over the coming weeks and will look to provide another update shortly.

Kind Regards
College Sport Wellington