Division 1 gold medalists - Liam Smith and Jaxon Stone from Hillcrest High School. Photo by VNZ.

Schools compete in NZSS Beach Volleyball action

The 2024 New Zealand Secondary Schools Beach Volleyball Championships saw schools from across the country converge in Mt Maunganui to compete. 

After the first day was cancelled due to severe weather a full Sunday of action saw the champions crowned. 

In the Girls Division 1 final, Kalea Norton and Devyn Golaboski from Rangitoto College overcame Charlotte Grey and Roxy Murfin from Cashmere High School to take out the gold medal. Kendall McKane and Ani Doherty from Whakatane High School would come away from the weekend with the bronze medal. 

In Boys Division 1 action, Liam Smith and Jaxon Stone from Hillcrest High School would take home the gold medal after defeating Lucas Heggie and Zalan Lizan from Spotswood College in their respective final. Third place in the division would go to Thomas Vesty and Ryan Huang from Burnside High School.

Click here to view the New Zealand Secondary Schools Beach Championships home page. 
Click here to view all results.

New Zealand Secondary Schools Beach Championships 2024 Results
Mt Maunganui Main Beach

Year 12/13 Division 1 Girls

1. Kalea Norton/Devyn Golaboski – Rangitoto College
2. Charlotte Grey/Roxy Murfin – Cashmere High School
3. Kendall McKane/Ani Doherty – Whakatane High School

Year 12/13 Division 2 Girls

1. Laura Smith/Louisa Chretien – Cashmere High School
2. Ella Pahuru/Dakota Becker – Mt Maunganui College
3. Charlie Minshall/Kara Blackstock – Otumoetai College

Year 11 Girls

1. Julia Mitchell/ Hannah Miller – St Margaret’s College
2. Lucia Wood/ Sadie Harwood – Nayland College
3. Isabella Kawana/Emmesyn Parr – Tauranga Girls’ College


Year 12/13 Division 1 Boys

1. Liam Smith/Jaxon Stone – Hillcrest High School
2. Lucas Heggie/Zalan Lizan – Spotswood College
3. Thomas Vesty/Ryan Huang – Burnside High School

Year 12/13 Division 2 Boys

1. Travis Fletcher/Joseph Daniels – Cashmere High School
2. Joshua Perks/Haslam – Rangitoto College
3. Noah Seluone/Kingston Harris – Tauranga Boys’ College

Year 11 Boys

1. Ali Aljabiri/Mana Barham – Napier Boys’ High School
2. Daniel Walker/Henry Fulton  - Tauranga Boys’ College
3. Kenai Stevenson/Kyson Norton – Rangitoto College


Rangitoto College sweep Division 1 titles

Auckland's Rangitoto College were crowned champions of both the boys and girls Division 1 competitions at the 53rd Volleyball New Zealand NZ Secondary Schools Championships in Palmerston North on Friday.

After the 2022 event was cancelled due to Covid-19, the 2023 event - one of the biggest schools events in the country - saw more than 160 teams participate across two venues at Central Energy Trust Arena and Massey University Teaching Gym.

Five days of competition across 11 divisions saw some outstanding technical play and athleticism from teams participating from up and down the country.

In the girls Division 1 final, Rangitoto College saw off fellow Auckland school Orewa College 3-0 meanwhile in the boys final, the North Aucklanders also took the title after a 3-1 win over Nelson's Waimea College.

NZSS Volleyball Championships 2023 - Medallists

Division 1 Girls

🥇Rangitoto College
🥈Orewa College
🥉Christchurch Girls High School

Division 1 Boys
🥇Rangitoto College
🥈Waimea College
🥉Hillcrest High School

Division 2 Girls
🥇Nayland College
🥈Westlake Girls High School
🥉Carmel College

Division 2 Boys
🥇Otumoetai College
🥈Orewa College
🥉New Plymouth Boys High School

Division 3 Girls
🥇Cashmere High School
🥈Howick College
🥉Massey High School

Division 3 Boys
🥇Palmerston North Boys
🥈Cashmere High School
🥉Christs College

Division 4 Girls
🥇Wellington Girls College
🥈Wellington East Girls College
🥉Riccarton High School

Division 4 Boys
🥇St Patrick’s College
🥈Aorere College
🥉Middleton Grange School

Division 5 Girls
🥇St Andrews College B
🥈Waikato Diocesan for Girls
🥉Paraparaumu College

Division 5 Boys
🥇Westlake Boys High School
🥈Otago Boys High School
🥉Mana College

Division 6 Girls
🥇Craighead Diocesan School
🥈Central Southland College
🥉Te Aroha College

NZSSVC provides spike for Palmerston North economy

Thousands of young volleyball players and their supporters have filled Palmerston North for the annual New Zealand volleyball championships bringing with them economic benefits to the city.

The tournament, one of the bigger schools sports competitions in the country, began on Monday with more than 160 teams from 118 schools all over New Zealand competing this week.

The Arena has been packed with players, coaches, managers and supporters.

Volleyball Manawatū development manager Natalya Taylor said there were 19 courts being used at the Arena and two at Massey University to handle the huge event, which has 168 teams and 2400 players. 

Central Economic Development Agency chief executive Jerry Shearman said schools tournaments of this calibre were of huge importance to the region.

“The tournament is high on the list of events bringing economic benefits to the region. It was worth more than $1.8 million back in 2017.

Click here for the full story (stuff.co.nz/Manawatu Standard)

One of the biggest shows in NZ sport comes to Palmerston North

New Zealand’s volleyball community will descend on Palmerston North later this week for the 53rd New Zealand Secondary Schools Volleyball Championships held at Central Energy Trust Arena/Massey University Teaching Gym from March 27-31.

 In what is one of the biggest school sports events in the country, over 160 teams are registered across the boys and girls competitions from 118 schools from around New Zealand. 

The teams are split across six divisions of girls competition and five divisions in the boys grade.

Volleyball New Zealand CEO Toni-Maree Carnie says that Central Energy Trust Arena and Massey University venues will be buzzing with activity.

“With Covid-19 interruptions impacting participation for our rangatahi more than any other group, we’re really excited to be able to deliver the 2023 New Zealand Secondary Schools event this week,” Carnie said.

“This event is a cornerstone fixture on our calendar and it’s been noticeable at our other events which have come back after Covid-19 that there is a real feeling of excitement and energy to be back on court. We’re expecting the same again in Palmerston North and we can’t wait to get underway.”

Volleyball is one of the fastest-growing sports in New Zealand and the event will be broadcast via Whakaata Maori with multiple courts shown via livestream over the course of the week of competition. Full details will follow before the tournament begins.

The event is delivered in partnership with tremendous support from Volleyball Manawatu, Sport Manawatu, Palmerston North City Council and Central Energy Trust Arena.

Palmy Venues Manager John Lynch, who manages Central Energy Trust Arena, says it is great to have the Volleyball Championships back without restrictions in place.

“The New Zealand Secondary Schools Volleyball Championships is an action-packed tournament that is highly regarded by the venue and by the City and is an exciting and fantastic competition.

“Having so many out-of-town athletes and visitors to the City for the week brings significant economic benefit to the City but also so much vibrancy with everyone engaging with our local community and what the City has to offer.”

Apparel is available for purchase onsite at CET Arena and a number of competitions and social media promotions will run during the event working with event partners Caltex, Bayleys and NZ Carbon Farming.

For all the details for the event, visit the online home of the 53rd New Zealand Secondary Schools Volleyball Championships here. 

NZSS Satellite event update


Following consultation with North and South Island Satellite tournament deliverers – North Harbour Volleyball and Canterbury Volleyball – Volleyball NZ (VNZ) can provide the following update to schools and Regional Associations regarding the status of the events. 

In the current environment with the spread of Covid-19 in the community, VNZ doesn’t recommend large scale events due to the impact of potential positive Covid-19 cases on the events themselves and those participating. 

However, VNZ is also aware of a significant number of schools who wish to participate in local and regional events and VNZ does not wish to prevent this unnecessarily in the circumstances.

 Therefore, VNZ can now confirm:

  • The 2022 North Island Secondary Schools Satellite event is cancelled
  • The 2022 South Island Secondary Schools Satellite event, via organisers Canterbury Volleyball, will proceed in planning for delivery as currently scheduled. The event will be sanctioned by School Sport NZ (SSNZ). 

As a result, Canterbury Volleyball will continue planning and preparations for the South Island Satellite event should they determine this is appropriate with those schools who are willing to participate having been made fully aware of the following:

  • Canterbury Volleyball are the sole-charge event provider and take full responsibility for all elements of the event
  • The event could see Covid-19 spread rapidly through participating teams during or post event
  • The at-event experience could be significantly impacted due to withdrawal of teams, either prior to the event or during
  • Teams which ultimately complete at the event could come from a range of ability levels, including those teams initially due to participate at the NZSS Volleyball Championships in Palmerston North
  • Following a soon-to-be-implemented government legislation change (which VNZ understand will be in place prior to the scheduled dates of summer tournament week), school students cannot be asked for proof of vaccination status when participating for a school team. Standard eligibility criteria set by the organiser of events will still be in place.

As per previous VNZ guidance issued for local and regional events, volleyball events must ensure the following is in place:

  • Written confirmation to VNZ that the event will proceed will be required as soon as practical.
  • Event Health and Safety Plan - the event must have an appropriate health and safety plan in place for the event which has been sighted by SSNZ, the Regional Sports Director and VNZ prior to the event commencing.
  • School participation approval – Canterbury Volleyball is required to obtain and hold written confirmation of consent to participate for each school team involved in the event. This consent must be signed by the School Principal or the appropriate school delegated authority
  • School team health and safety plan – All competing schools/teams must submit their team health and safety plan regarding their participation to the event organisers as part of their entry. 

VNZ remains committed to exploring all options to provide access for schools to volleyball events later in 2022 and we will update our community regarding this in due course. 

Nga mihi nui,
The VNZ Team

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