Vale Craig Phillips

Volleyball New Zealand is in mourning after the passing of Life Member Craig Phillips.

Craig passed away on Wednesday 9 November 2022.

There will be a public viewing on Monday 14th November 2022 from 6-7.30pm at Lychgate Funeral Homes at Johnsonville and the Funeral Service will be held the following day, Tuesday 15 November at 11am at the Wellington Church of Christ on Webb Street.

FIVB Congress provides links and learning

Volleyball New Zealand Chief Executive Toni-Maree Carnie attended the biennial FIVB Congress from September 22-25 in Holland.

The 2022 Congress was held in person in Arnhem, coinciding with the opening ceremony of the Women's World Championships, after the 2020 edition was held online due to Covid-19.

Carnie said the Congress brought a range of opportunities to build relationships and learn from what is happening around the globe.

"Congress was a valuable networking opportunity to meet a number of other national federations to discuss their plans, learnings and challenges," Carnie said.

"It is not surprising that it seems no matter where you are in the world, many issues are the same and we can continue to learn from each other.

 "When you listen to Ukraine and Afghanistan share their stories though, it does put sport in perspective with life. We are very lucky to be able to freely play sport at all levels."

FIVB continues to support New Zealand in the form of a contribution to a High Performance Beach coach. FIVB’s focus for category 1 and 2 federations (including VNZ), continues to be in the form of beach resourcing and support.

 Volleyball New Zealand was also presented a plaque to celebrate 50 years of association with FIVB.

“It was an honour to receive on behalf of those who have gone before me,” said Carnie. “So many people have worked hard to bring volleyball in New Zealand to where it currently is and we are the better for their service and foresight."


Child Safeguarding Week

Volleyball New Zealand is supporting Child Safeguarding Week, 4-10 September 2022

VNZ acknowledges that:

- Every child has the right to be in a safe environment and to be heard by an adult trained in child protection, and supported by them
- Every child has the right to be in a safe environment, wherever that is, without fear of abuse
- Every child has the right to be heard by an adult trained in child protection, and supported by them
- Organisations working with children must always have staff available who are trained to recognise and respond to signs and disclosures of abuse
- Individuals who work with young children in any capacity must have training in recognising and responding to signs and disclosures of abuse
- Child abuse is preventable
- Our children need to be protected from abuse and neglect everywhere they go.


Parents and caregivers have high levels of concern, expectation and trust in organisations to keep their children safe. However, there is a disconnect between their expectations and the actions that organisations take to ensure children are safe. This webinar will introduce you to the core elements of a child safe organisation and the steps an organisation can take to make their places safer for children. You will be guided to the development work your organisation needs to make to move forward on this journey.

Click here to access the webinar.

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