Our NZ Women’s team faced a daunting task coming up against host nation Japan in the first game of the tournament. While facing a highly experienced and tough opposition, our Kiwi women fought to the end, and enjoyed every moment of playing against these wonderful handballers. Final score 5:41 (2:20). Lots of experience and learning taken from this match.

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This position leads the development and direction for men’s handball in New Zealand. The voluntary position is available immediately and will last through to the end of the 19th Asian Men’s Championships (timing and date tbc, but expected in early 2020).
Key Responsibilities:
• To lead the development of a high performance training and competitions programme that aims to achieve qualification for the next Asian Men’s Championships. 
• To search for, select, develop and maximise the potential of the New Zealand Handball players under NZ Handball’s National Training Squad programme.
• To work with assistant coaches, and other age group coaches to assist the development and direction of their squads, and build the coaching skills of New Zealand’s young coaches.
• To establish a multi-dimensional support programme incorporating selected experts in the delivery of sports science, nutrition and medical support, ensuring the needs of players and coaches are met.

Applicants should apply in writing, providing a CV and details of their coaching experience and ideas for development to by Thursday 1st November 2018.


Congratulations to our NZ 2018 National Club Champions. Winners were found after a successful tournament at Wellington at the weekend.

Women's champions are Canterbury, and defending their 2017 title for the men's competition was Northern Aguilas.

Well done to all teams - competition was tight in all games and it was especially pleasing seeing the development of handball across all regions.

 Canterbury - 2018 Champions

Canterbury - 2018 Champions

 Northern Aguilas - 2018 Champions

Northern Aguilas - 2018 Champions


NZHF is delighted to advise that the members of the 2018 NZ Women’s team to represent NZ at the 2018 Asian Women’s Championships to be held in Kumamoto, Japan in December is now on the NZHF website.  Check this out on our new High Performance page

Congratulations to all players and officials.  We wish you every success with your preparation and the tournament in Japan.


The New Zealand Handball Federation is looking to appoint a National Youth Development Manager based in Auckland, initially on a part time basis.

Purpose of the role: To facilitate the establishment and growth of handball in secondary schools throughout New Zealand. This role will work closely with the current regions where Handball is played in New Zealand and to begin with, will focus on growing the sport in Auckland. The role will directly contribute to achieving NZHF’s overall strategic goals of growing to 5000 players in 5 years.

Ideal Candidate: We are seeking someone with enthusiasm for, and knowledge of, Handball. The successful candidate will have experience in developing and managing sports programmes, with particular emphasis on junior sports development. Preferred, but not essential are a Police clearance to enable work with youth in schools and a current First Aid certificate.

The key outputs of the role are as follows:

  • Handball development plans for secondary schools, involving recruitment of schools, introducing and socialising Handball into their range of sports offered;
  • Development & management of Secondary Schools Handball competitions;
  • Development of coaching programmes, to build player competence and develop coaches within schools;
  • Relationship building and stakeholder management;
  • Facilitate transition of youth players to club play;
  • Resourcing of the school programmes;
  • Gathering membership statistics and administering the NZHF Membership Database.

Location and hours of work: This is a part time position in Auckland. Hours of work and base of operations to be negotiated with the successful applicant. We anticipate the role will initially run for 6 months from October 2018 until the end of the first school term of 2019, but if funding can be found, the role will be extended.

A full job description is available on request.  To register your interest please send your CV and details of your suitability for the role to no later than 1 September 2018.


We are seeking applications for Managers for National Teams – Men’s and Women’s National Squads

Closing date for applications:  1 September 2018 by email to

Applications are invited from people keen to help the development of NZ Handball for the voluntary positions of:

  • National Team Manager – Women’s Squad
  • National Team manager – Men’s Squad.  

Appointment of the both squad managers will be immediate, but the women’s appointment will understudy the current manager until mid-December 2018.

We have an exciting programme of training and competition for all our age group and senior national squads over the next two years, and we are looking for managers to help our National Men’s and Women’s squads prepare for success on the international stage.  This role will contribute to the success of the teams, the development of Handball in NZ, and provide the successful candidate with the chance to travel to international tournaments.  Further information on the upcoming major events for each squad are set out at the end of this document.  The key requirements of the role are:

  • Enthusiasm for Handball and a strong voluntary spirit
  • Strengths in sports team management/administration.
  • Ability to ensure clear and efficient communication to all key personnel.
  • Management of team budgets.
  • Efficient management of all arrangements, and attendance at, training camps and tournaments both in NZ and overseas.
  • Effective team management during Tournaments.
  • Efficient management of all kit and resources including liaising with uniform suppliers.
  • Able to maintain effective team harmony during camps and competitions.
  • Meet NZHF reporting requirements at the end of each tournament.

How to register your interest:  A full job description is available on request from the NZHF Secretary-General by emailing

Apply in writing outlining your experience and suitability for the role prior to 1 September 2018 to the NZHF, addressed to the Secretary-General: attaching any relevant documents.

Further Information on the Upcoming Campaigns:

For both roles:

  • Co-ordination of monthly training camps – all age groups.
  • Preparation for, and attendance at, the Australian State Championships in October.

For the men:

  • Preparation for the NZ Under 18 team which will compete in the next round of the IHF trophy in early 2019 (expected in March at an international venue to be confirmed).
  • Planning and co-ordinating the next two year’s campaign which will culminate in the Asian Championships in 2020 .

For the Women:

  • The Asian Women’s Championships in Japan in mid-December (which marks the end of the women’s current two-year campaign) (being undertaken by the current manager)

The two years ahead for the women will involve:

  • Expansion of monthly training camps, to include focus on the Junior and Youth women in preparation for the IHF Trophy tournament (expected in mid-2019)
  • If qualified, their next IHF Trophy stage in early 2020;
  • Preparation for, and attendance at, the Australian State Championships (or alternative) in 2019.
  • Planning and co-ordinating the next two year’s senior women’s campaign which will culminate in the Asian Championships in 2020/21.