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.


Notice is given that the NZ Handball Federation Annual General Meeting will be held at the ASB Sports Centre, Kilbirnie, Wellington following the conclusion of the day’s play at the NZ National Club Championships on Saturday 15 September 2018.

Nominations are also sought for membership of the NZHF Executive Committee. Nominations must be made on the approved nomination form and reach the NZHF Secretary-General by email to no later than 7pm Thursday, 16 August 2018. Nomination forms will be emailed to affiliated clubs, or can be requested from

A draft agenda will be made available 30 days prior to the AGM and any members may suggest changes to the proposed Annual General Meeting Agenda Items. A written notification of the suggested changes to the proposed Annual General Meeting Agenda Items must be given to the NZHF Secretary-General by email to no later than 7pm Friday 31 August 2018. The final agenda and meeting arrangements will be notified on 1 September 2018.


NZHF NATIONAL CLUBS TOURNAMENT will be held in Wellington from 14-16 Sept.

Invitations are extended to all NZ Clubs and to any clubs from Oceania who might wish to join us.
Click on the links below for event information and registration form.
Note: NZ Clubs must be fully affiliated financially to NZHF to be eligible to enter. If your annual fees are in arrears, then get them paid asap please.

Thanks to Wellington Handball for hosting this tournament.

WHF Event page:

Registration form:…/1rI9-71STzYMczMH_PV6g7Q48nTg…/edit


New Zealand U18 came through undefeated at the recent tournament in New Caledonia with strong showing in all games.  Congratulations to the team and officials.  The team also took out the fairplay award.

Coach, Tim Rayner, said, "Particular highlight for me was to see a very professional young group from throughout New Zealand come together with one common goal of taking out the tournament. Handball is a young sport in New Zealand, so it is great that New Zealand is able to compete with countries such as the host nation New Caledonia where they grow up playing Handball in schools and where their technical abilities are so evident. It really does prove to me that with the success New Zealand Handball is having, New Zealand will be able to push through to new levels of handball in the future. Tournaments such as this are so critical for the development of Handball in our region."

Co-captains Paul Ireland and Danyah-Lee Skelton ChongNee, said the tournament was an amazing experience.  Paul said, “People generally don’t know what handball is in New Zealand, but now it means that people are really going to see handball for what it is and more people will realize what a unique sport it is. This win is a really great opportunity for the further development of handball in New Zealand.” 

Danyah-Lee advised, "The tournament was a great success in my eyes, being on centre court, under the lights and music much like you would see on TV with a loud crowd really made the experience feel like we were playing at high level. In particular the game against New Caledonia, which we always expected to be one of our toughest challenges, with the strong home crowd support for their boys, really made me realise how big handball is around the world and how big a stage we were on. I'm really looking forward to the next stage and I know the boys are pumped to reach new levels."

NZ's U20 team came a creditable 4th, with this section won by Australia.

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We are delighted to announce the team and officials who will represent New Zealand at the IHF Beach Handball World Championships to be held in Kazan, Russia in July 2018.

  • Tim Banks, Wellington
  • Max Brookes, Wellington
  • James Cochrane, Wellington
  • Peter Ellis, Christchurch
  • Aaron Huddlestone, Wellington
  • Tim Rayner, Wellington
  • Ryan Roselli, Brisbane
  • Thomas Roxburgh, Wellington
  • Nicholas Shields, Wellington
  • William Silcock, Christcurch


  • Coach: Ben Dawson
  • Manager: Aleksa Djorovic
  • Media/Support: Jun Tanlayco

We wish the team and officials all the best with their preparation, and great success at the tournament.