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2016 Honours
Tuesday, 18 October 2016 07:58

Firstly, congratulations to all competitors, volunteers and organisers for a successful 60th Anniversary 2016 National Championships.

During the event a number of honours were conferred on members who have made significant contributions to Judo in New Zealand over a long period. These awards included Honorary Officer to Derek Maggs (HEN WB) and Jason King (GIS EC). These were conferred in 2014 but had not yet been awarded.

Honorary Member awards were made to Stephen Tarring (KOI WN), Craig Bartlett (HOW AK), and Antoinette Earl (JNZ) for service to the sport at a national level over a long period.

The Judoka of the Year was awraded to Darcina Manuel (GIS EC).

Brent Cooper (JNH AK) was inducted into the JNZ Hall of Fame as the second member of the Hall. Brent achieved a gold medal at the 1990 Commonwealth Games held in Auckland (to date our only CG champion), and a 5th place at the 1988 Seoul Olympic Games (to date the highest ever placing by an NZL athlete).

Congratulations to all who were recognised for their service and results.

2016 National Championships
Friday, 14 October 2016 07:28

The 2016 NZ Championships are on this weekend at;

Auckland Netball Centre

7 Allison Ferguson Drive

Saint Johns


Additional information about the event can be obtained by selecting the green "documents" in the "Upcoming Events" box to the right of this article.

Congrats To Darcina
Monday, 29 August 2016 10:13

Congratulations to our Olympian, Darcina Manuel (GIS EC) who reached the round of 16 following a good victory against her Russian opponent in the first round of the -57kg category. She then lost by Yuko to the eventual bronze medallist, for an offical final placing of 9th.

This result met the criteria that were established by the NZOC and clearly justified the selection. There has been some publicity around the cost per medal and the amounts provided to various sports by HPSNZ for their campaigns - some of whom were more successful than others. Unfortunately, the criteria for financial assistance remains as podium performance at World and Olympic level, so the ability to gain such funding remains extremely challenging for global sports like ours.

Once again, well done Darcina and enjoy a well-earned rest before the international season kicks in again.

Great Opportunity For Young NZL Judoka
Monday, 29 August 2016 09:58

The IJF recently provided an opportunity for young judoka from around the world to take part in an International training camp held in Switzerland.

Two young NZL OJU Champions were selected to attend - Qona Christie (WEL WN) and Bradlee Wong (JNH AK). They were accompanied on this wonderful opportunity by Jason Koster (CAN CA).

By all accounts, a very beneficial experience for both.

Accounts of their experiences can be found at and,_Switzerland.html

NZL Olympic Judo Update
Monday, 08 August 2016 09:57

Darcina Manuel (GIS EC) steps onto the mat tomorrow to compete in the -57kg category at the Rio Olympics. She has drawn the Russian athlete in the first round.

NZL team official Esther Velloza (GIS EC) sent an update earlier in the week;

"We were finally welcomed into the NZL team today with a powhiri. We had missed previous powhiri due to our training schedule, was worth the wait as we were part of the equestrian and gymnastic group, an honour to have sir mark Todd part of the group (8x Olympian ). We are getting into a nice flow here. No fires in our building!"

The event is being screened on Sky Sports (Pop-up 3 scheduled to begin 1255am) and Prime.

We wish Darcina all the very best!

Proposed Iran Judo Delegation Visit
Monday, 08 August 2016 09:37

Former Judo World Champion and Iran's Judo Federation Vice President Mr. Arash Miresmaeili is due to visit New Zealand to hold talks with JNZ on exploring ways and options that both National federations could cooperate.

Details on his visit will be released by Judo New Zealand upon confirmation, but it is intended that a training opportunity with Mr Miresmaelli will be arranged.

Three Iranians will be competing in the Rio 2016 Judo Olympics, and the first Iranian to compete in NZ - Ben Shadmanian - achieved a bronze medal in the Senior Men's -90kg category at the recent Auckland International Open.

Mr Shadmanian is involved in working with JNZ and the Iranian embassy to arrange the visit.

Obituary For Well Known Wellington Judo Identity
Monday, 25 July 2016 09:12

It is with sadness that we advise that Victor (Vic) Mawson (KOI WN) passed away on 17th July.

Vic became a member of JNZ from its incorporation in 1956 and remained a member since then.

Victor taught judo for generations and was practicing and teaching classes right up until last year – aged 95!

Messages of condolences can be sent to Vic's wife Denise, c/-  P.O.Box 30067, Lower Hutt.

Judo NZ extends its sympathies to Denise, family and friends of Vic Mawson.


Olympic Judo Stats
Wednesday, 13 July 2016 15:11

According to a recent press release from the IJF, the Rio Olympic Games will break records for both country and compeitor attendance in Judo.

136 countries will be competing in Judo, with 389 athletes qualifying. Japan, France, and the hosts Brazil will have full teams (ie 7 men and 7 women). 28 countries have 5 or more athletes competing.

Judo has been at 12 Olympics (6 including the women's division) since being included as a demonstration sport at Tokyo in 1964. Since then 51 different countries have achieved a an Olympic judo medal - Japan and France being the most successful so far.

Olympic Progress
Wednesday, 13 July 2016 14:38

Esther (Kiki) Veloloza (GIS EC) has been named by the NZOC as the official to support Darcina Manual at the Rio Olympics.

Darcina and Kiki have recently been in Bratislava where Darcina place third in the Bratislava European Cup event (-57kg).

She will now take part in a training camp before heading back to Perth prior departing for Rio.

Congratulations to Kiki on her selection, and Darcina on a good build-up result.

Kiwi Judoka At The Olympics
Friday, 17 June 2016 09:43

JNZ are proud to announce that Darcina Manuel (GIS EC) has been selected to represent NZL at the upcoming Rio Olympics in the Women's -57kg category.

Darcina obtained NZ's first judo medal of the 2014 Commonwealth Games with a bronze in the same category. She recently won the OJU title and has produced some strong international performances leading up to selection.

Currently based in Perth, Darcina is off to a week long training camp in Spain and a competition in Slovakia before returning to Perth prior to heading up to Rio.

The NZOC announcement of her selection can be found at;

Attached is a recent interview with Darcina.

JNZ wishes Darcina all the very best for her build up and performance in Rio.

NZL Team OJU Results
Tuesday, 12 April 2016 11:16

The NZL team competed at the OJU Continental Championships last weekend, in Senior, Junior, Cadet, Team, Masters, and Kata divisions.

A haul of 15 gold medals, 10 silver, and 8 bronze resulted, with some memebrs of the senior team collecting valuable IJF ranking points in an attempt to gain selection for the upcoming Olympics.

Congratulations to the team and the officials. Medal information attached (a full list of results is available on the OJU website)

JNZ Welcomes A New Club
Friday, 08 April 2016 09:32

JNZ and Auckland Area welcome the establishment of Goshin Judo Club (GOS AK) to be run by Paul Abbey on Auckland's North Shore.

We wish Paul and the club every success.

Obituary - Harry O'Rourke NZOM
Wednesday, 23 March 2016 18:17

We regret to advise that Life Member and Honorary Past President Harry O’Rourke passed away on 21 March, aged 74. Harry will be sadly missed by his family and his many judo colleagues & friends.

Harry's list of achievements and contributions are varied, lengthy, and significant. A fuller account is contained below, but to highlight a few;



  • President of NZJF for 21 years
  • President of Commonwealth Judo Association
  • Life member of JNZ
  • IJF Silver Medal of Merit for Services to National and International Judo
  • Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for outstanding contribution to New Zealand in various areas, including Judo

A more detailed account of Harry's judo history and other contributions follows, along with details of the service to celebrate Harry's life.

Judo New Zealand extends our condolences to Jackie, family & friends.

Wednesday, 23 March 2016 18:11

The team to represent NZL at the 2016 OJU Continental Championships is almost finalised. This year sees a good sized Masters division joining the Cadets, Juniors, and Seniors.

We wish the team all the best for the event to be held in Canberra in April.

The team is attached;

Christchurch National Training Camp
Wednesday, 23 March 2016 18:05

Held at Lincoln University in Canterbury, the Waitangi Weekend 2016 National Camp was well attended with 85 members training during the weekend.  Presenting a talk on ‘what it takes to win’ our Patron  Rob Waddell gave up his precious time to spend with our athletes.  Talking about his own challenges and road to success this was a great start to a very challenging weekend organised by Rob Levy and his team.

Obituary - Ted Lonergan
Tuesday, 05 January 2016 07:47

Judo NZ joins Judokwai in mourning the passing of JNH Life member and former club President Ted Lonergan.

He started with Judokwai in the early 50's and was in the first ever JNZ team which competed at the first Oceania Champs which were held at the Auckland YMCA in 1965 and was also in the team that fought in the second Oceania’s in North Sydney in 1966.

Ted is described by those who knew him as one of life’s gentleman off the mat, but a ‘tough’ competitor on the mat.

He was a well respected and skillful Judoka who was responsible for developing many of Judo NZ’s champions from the late 1950’s to the early 1970’s.

Our condolences to Ted's family and friends.

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